The Choosing by Rachelle Dekker

“Not to be Chosen would yield a cruel fate of my own making.”23627067

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—would 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. The whispers contradict everything she’s been told; yet they resonate deep within.

Then Carrington is offered an unprecedented chance at the life she’s always dreamed of, but she can’t shake the feeling that it may be an illusion. With a killer targeting Lints and corruption threatening the highest levels of the Authority, Carrington must uncover the truth before it destroys her. – Goodreads.com

Based on the book description, I wouldn’t have expected this novel to have such heavy religious overtones – not that I have a problem with that – I’m a fan of the author’s father, Ted Dekker – but it may not be every reader’s cup of tea.  I don’t know how well a book of this nature would go over with the YA crowd (the actual teen readers), although I think they would enjoy the romantic aspects.

As a dystopian fan, I found this book description appealing, but the story very predictable and nearly gave up on reading it more than once –  it didn’t offer anything original or something I haven’t seen in other YA books such as this.

The world-building was well done and I liked the varying viewpoints – Carrington, Remko, and Isaac – as they gave the reader a well-rounded picture, but I would have enjoyed learning more about Larkin.  Maybe her story will be continued if there is another book in this series.

Although predictable, I thought this book sent a good message about being true to yourself and not letting others choose your future or define your limits.

The Choosing is scheduled for publication May 19, 2015.  Thanks to Edelweiss for the digital ARC.

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