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The Choosing

Rachelle Dekker
The Choosing

Like all citizens since the Ruining, Carrington Hale knows the importance of this day. But she never expected the moment she’d spent a lifetime preparing for—her Choosing ceremony—to end in disaster. Ripped from her family, she’ll spend her days serving as a Lint, th... Read More

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Like all citizens since the Ruining, Carrington Hale knows the importance of this day. But she never expected the moment she’d spent a lifetime preparing for—her Choosing ceremony—to end in disaster. Ripped from her family, she’ll spend her days serving as a Lint, the lowest level of society.

She knows it’s her duty to follow the true way of the Authority, but as Carrington begins this nightmare, rumors of rebellion rattle her beliefs. Lints are being targeted by a killer, and corruption is threatening the highest levels of Authority. Will Carrington uncover the truth before it destroys her?

Product Details:
Pages: 448
Release: 05/2015
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: May 19, 2015
  • UPC: 9781496402240
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Publish Date: May 19, 2015
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC055000"
  • ISBN: 1496402243

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An interesting dystopian novel by Emilie on 2/6/2016

In my mind The Choosing is one part Matched meets one part Ted Dekker, meets one part crime drama, meets one part YA Dystopia. I know, that's a lot of parts but I feel like that was the different waves of thought I had for this book.

I'll start off by saying I wasn't sure what to expect. Per usual, I didn't read the back cover or blurbs about the book. I knew it was dystopian and I knew it dealt with identity, but that was about it. I dove in with anticipation and a little bit of wariness, unsure of what I'd find coming from such high expectations of Ted Dekker's writing and what I'd heard others say about the book.

To start off, I initially got a good feeling for the world. Ok, I thought, this could be interesting. I'm always curious to see how other authors create their dystopian worlds. But, the more I got into the book the less I discovered about the world. I am a huge fan of rich description and I didn't really find that here. I need something to help shape my mental images of the world and characters and, though I had some clues, I wished for a more. For total immersion.

Carrington Hale (first off, awesome name--and while we're on that subject, awesome names in general!) was a mellow chracter to me. I understood her plight and felt sorry for her at times, but I felt as if I couldn't get a firm grasp on who she was beneath the fact that she wasn't chosen. Granted, that's a large part of the book, but it felt a little like I wanted to shout at her and say do something. She was not brought into sharp contrast to me and instead kind of floated through the book and her relationships. Speaking of relationships, I really liked Remko! I won't spoil anything, but, though he doesn't say much, he was a firmer character to me. Though I would have loved to see even more of him!

As for the plot, I would say it was interesting yet understandable. That's where the Ted Dekker/Crime Show feelings came in. The villain was very "Dekker" in my opinion (not that this is a bad thing). I can appreciate a really bad guy doing bad things. Not that it was too graphic, but part of me always wishes for more from villains. They are often times too weak to really be "bad" and then you have to wonder, why were we scared in the first place? I digress...

The romance was...eh. I mean, the parts where the romance was described were great but the foundation to it was slightly contrived in my opinion. I personally didn't feel like they were on the page together enough to make it believable.

The rest of the cast of characters was well chosen (no pun intended)--with exception to Carrington's family. I just really didn't get a read on them aside from mom=bad and dad=nice, but both very weak in their roles. I did like Aaron's character (again, he felt very Ted Dekker-ish if I can use that as a descriptor). Obviously, I approve of Aaron's message and the way in which it's delivered was...interesting.

All in all, I'd have to say this book didn't wow me. I was easily distracted from it and wished there had been...more. More action, more compelling plot movement, more emotion, more feeling, more tension. Oh, and less name usage--maybe I'm just being nitpicky but I felt as if there was an overabundance of first name's used throughout the novel which made the writing feel stiff and choppy in points.

I will say I am interested in reading the second book because I'd like to see what Rachelle decides to do with the series. If you like YA Dystopian and are looking for a good message, I would recommend it to you--it may go over well with teen readers, though there are hints of violence to be aware of. Oh, and the cover is lovely. You all know I can't help but notice amazing covers!

My rating: 3.5*

Originally posted on my blog: http://eahendryx.blogspot.com/2016/02/the-choosing-by-rachelle-dekker-review.html

I received a free copy of this book for review purposes, but was under no obligation to read the book or post a review. I do so under my own motivation and the opinions I have expressed in this review are honest and entirely my own.
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Fantastic book by Barb on 8/19/2015

Carrington Hale is born into a world that has totally denied citizens their right to choose the life they wish to live. They live in a society where their “god” is the Authority and their bible is the Veritas. For young Carrington this has devastating consequences as she is doomed to live the life of a Lint, the lowest level of society, that is until she is unexpectedly chosen to be the wife of Isaac Knight a very wealthy, evil man. Carrington’s strong desire to learn the truth, her belief that there is goodness, virtue and honesty in a world beyond the wicked world she is living in, drives her to seek and find that world to not only save herself but all the citizens of this terrible world they live in.

This book is a thought-provoking book that had me reaching for my bible many times to read the Scripture cited, and compare the true Word of God to the misinterpreted version of the Veritas. It is a book I will read again and again.

Dystopian Coming of Age story from Ted Dekker's Daughter by Suzie on 5/19/2015

This debut novel from Rachelle Dekker leaves an impression. A good one that leaves the reader wanting more. Yes, she is related to that other best-selling author with the same last name. Rachelle is Ted Dekker’s eldest daughter. After reading several comments on Facebook and Twitter that read something like “If you enjoy Ted Dekker’s work, don’t miss Rachelle Dekker’s debut.” These comments left me wondering what I would be reading. While I enjoy most of Ted’s books, I also know they are intense, dark, mind-boggling, and sometimes downright scary. They take a little more commitment to read than the romance novels I breeze right through. I’m happy to report that Rachelle put just enough of this in her book to make the story move along without bogging the reader down. But more about that later.

The Choosing opens at a pivotal point in Carrington’s life and takes off from there. The pace slows slightly in all of the right places in the book and allows the reader to catch their breath after certain realities are reveals. While the book is mostly from Carrington’s point of view, we do also get those of a city guard named Remko, a couple of the authorities, and a man who has taken it upon himself to mete out justice. While the mystery behind who that man is was fairly easy to figure out, it doesn’t detract from the story since the reader is most concerned with Carrington. Since this book is labeled as “A Seer Novel” and there is a little bit of an open end, I’m hoping for at least one more book where I can catch up with Carrington Hale.

****Tyndale House Publishers and the Tyndale Blog Network provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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