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The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams

The Chosen One

by Carol Lynch Williams

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    BookSpot: Both books deal with girls in insular religious communities that are not all that they appear to be from the outside. Both also deal with things that it's hard to imagine can be going on like that today but they do it well.
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This was a random library pick. I was immediately attached to the character of Kyra. Though it was a little drawn out in parts, I was into the story. I hesitate to say I "enjoyed" it, like The Room it is hard to use a work like that with such a disturbing topic. But, it kept me interested and pulling for Kyra right to the end.

I do wish the author would have said more about Patrick at the end. I was still hoping they might find him alive in the end, maybe left for dead. And, I was hoping Joshua might have been there waiting for her somewhere before the end...I'm a sucker for a happy ending. ( )
  Amelia1989 | Jun 10, 2019 |
I have heard about polygamous societies in the US before, but never really thought about them unless some news story made the headlines. This novel is set in one of the remote isolated compounds. While one hopes that this is just another dystopian society novels, the realization is that there are religious and political leaders in our 21st century world RIGHT NOW who control the lives of people by fear, misinformation and threats of violence.
The story was so gripping and emotional that I read it in one sitting. ( )
  ioplibrarian | Aug 26, 2018 |
The Chosen One offers an insightful look into a religious cult and the realistic hold that it has on its people. Carol Lynch Williams suggests sexual abuse through forced marriage, but deals primarily with the physical abuse and the heavy emotional captivity.
I love the main character, Kyra. She is strongly determined, caring, and bookish.
The Chosen One reminded me of Keep Sweet by Michelle Greene, perhaps more than any other book has ever reminded me of another. I imagine that there are certain hallmarks of these cults that would make one similar to the other.
I think that it is important to remember that while The Chosen is written as fiction, these sort of religious cults are real and active today. These woman are often put in a positions where they have to choose whether to stay, or to leave their own children or siblings behind in order to save themselves. It is a horrific form of abuse. These girls are groomed their entire lives, and taught that it is all God ordained. ( )
  StephLaymon | Aug 12, 2018 |
Review: The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams. 4 Stars 01/11/2018

This type of story fascinates many readers. I’m one of the ones who is interested in the life of a polygamist cult but sometimes find them sad and disturbing. This story seems to show the internal emotions for a family while they still believed in their leader. The story is about a thirteen-year-old girl, Kyra who has one father, three mothers, and twenty siblings living in an isolated community led by a prophet that controls every aspect of their lives. There are a few detailed events that were disturbing and made me angry yet, I still read the story to the end….

Kyra is an introverted type of child and was always trying to isolate herself for comfort. She had a special tree she would climb and shaped a high branch into a quiet place where the leaves on the tree hid her away from the community. Kyra loved to walk past the perimeter allowed where they lived. She loved to walk into the desert to expand her limited area alone and feeling free to roam as she wanted. Kyra seemed to be able to voice her opinion when needed but most of the time with harsh situations to follow. One day the leader and his posse went to her family and told them that it was time for Kyra to marry. He chose her fathers older brother who was close to seventy and also had seven other wives. Her family tried to stand by her and her father even went to the leader and pleaded for this marriage not to take place. For Kyra her life was over and she ran away and caught by the leader’s posse and they beat to a pulp.

With secrecy she was able to make a friend who drove a book mobile to the city beyond but took time out to befriend and care for Kyra. It was sinful to read books so every week she would chose one from the book mobile and hide it under her skirt to read when she was in the comfort of her tree. She had also befriended a boy her age and they wanted to be together so the boy went to the leader and asked if he could marry her. Kyra was sent for to face the leader alone with no family members and the boy was there beaten beyond recognition and she received the same punishment, never to see the boy again and sent back to her father. Kyra went through hell but she was determined, angry and sadden to the core….. ( )
  Juan-banjo | Jan 21, 2018 |
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Kyra's terrible dilemma--escaping her fate means betraying her family--is heartbreakingly real, and the final scenes are riveting and suspenseful.
added by Katya0133 | editKirkus (Apr 1, 2009)
Williams’ portrayals of the family are sharp, but what’s most interesting about this book is how the yearnings and fears of a character so far from what most YAs know will still seem familiar and close.
added by Katya0133 | editBooklist, Ilene Cooper (Feb 15, 2009)
This page turner will appeal to all readers who enjoy fiction with an important message, combined with suspense and danger beautifully crafted within.
added by Katya0133 | editLibrary Media Connection, Judith M. Garner
The cinematic drama of [Alis and Kyra's] lives, not to mention the fact that they'd both feel at home in ''The Crucible,'' is a means to reach a quieter truth, revealing that moment in childhood when you recognize your thoughts as your own and discover forces in the world that your parents cannot -- or will not -- protect you from.
added by Katya0133 | editNew York Times Book Review, Jessica Bruder
Williams creates sympathetic characters, and readers will hold their breath right to the end, hoping that Kyra wins her freedom.
added by Katya0133 | editHorn Book Magazine, Chelsey Philpot
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"If I was going to kill the Prophet," I say, not even keeping my voice low, "I'd do it in Africa."
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