I was never really a fan of the Divergent series. It came around the time that a slew of dystopian novels were being published and was kind of overshadowed by pretty much every other one that I had read prior. I never even made it halfway through the second novel. With that said, though, Veronica Roth’s Chosen Ones, sounds absolutely fantastic.
It’s like a giant epilogue to a YA fantasy story when the heroes have saved the world already and are now all grown up. It’s like an extended epilogue to that YA series you enjoyed so much. Heck, if it’s brilliant enough maybe Roth will one day write a prequel.
A decade ago near Chicago, five teenagers defeated the otherworldly enemy known as the Dark One, whose reign of terror brought widespread destruction and death. The seemingly un-extraordinary teens—Sloane, Matt, Ines, Albie, and Esther—had been brought together by a clandestine government agency because one of them was fated to be the “Chosen One,” prophesized to save the world. With the goal achieved, humankind celebrated the victors and began to mourn their lost loved ones. Ten years later, though the champions remain celebrities, the world has moved forward and a whole, younger generation doesn’t seem to recall the days of endless fear. But Sloane remembers. It’s impossible for her to forget when the paparazzi haunt her every step just as the Dark One still haunts her dreams. Unlike everyone else, she hasn’t moved on; she’s adrift—no direction, no goals, no purpose. On the eve of the Ten Year Celebration of Peace, a new trauma hits the Chosen: the death of one of their own. And when they gather for the funeral at the enshrined site of their triumph, they discover to their horror that the Dark One’s reign never really ended.
What do you think of Chosen Ones? Are you interested in reading it? What are your thoughts on the cover (I’m not a big fan)? Let me know in the comments!