Tuesday, 22 April 2014
Blog Tour: Chosen Ones by Tiffany Truitt
At nearly 16 Tess' sister, Emma, dies in childbirth in a world where getting pregnant almost certainly means a death sentence. Emma's years of service at Templeton, that all eldest female daughters have to complete, were incomplete, and as the next oldest, Tess has to take her place. At Templeton she meets James, a Chosen One, one of the men created by the government to fight for their country. Both Tess and James know that emotional relationships are frowned upon by the Council and will almost certainly lead to death, whether that be due to pregnancy or the Council's choice. And yet, neither of them can fight the feelings growing between them.
How I have missed a good dystopia! Probably one of my favourite genres, and this one had a little something different. I've read books before that involved genetically engineered humans (think Never Let Me Go and The Forever Ones), but this one had something different about it. I didn't think that the stereotypes for the typical YA dystopian novels applied here, Tess seemed to not seriously contemplate changing her view until she was forced into it, and there was no love triangle, well ok there was a tiny bit of one but it wasn't major (though I guess it might be in the next book).
There are themes similar to those of Romeo and Juliet in Chosen Ones, something that is actually commented on in the book while Tess and James are reading Shakespeare. The acknowledgement of that, combined with Tess' assertion that the pair of them wouldn't end up like that worked well together.
James and Tess' romance was all rather sweet and hesitant, exactly like two people who hadn't had a relationship, or even a kiss up until that point, and indeed to some extent a romance between two people who weren't really people at all. On top of that the book focused on their similarities rather than the forbidden aspect of the romance, which was refreshing and added another level of sweetness to the relationship.
The dystopia itself has its back story almost completely filled in, partly because that system of government hadn't been in place long, but also partly because of the author's writing style and the descriptions of the restrictions and rules placed on the people. The only thing that confused me a bit was what people actually did with their time, though again it was mentioned in the book so it didn't actually bother me.
I really enjoyed Chosen Ones and am looking forward to following more of Tess' story in Naturals, though I am really hoping for Tess and James to be together at the end of book 3!