Hello everybody! I hope you are having a wonderful summer, and Happy Fourth of July to all of you. One thing that I like to do during summer when I don’t have any school or homework is read a lot of books. I recently found a new series of books at the library that I had never heard of before. Book one, The Choosing, and book two, The Calling, by Rachelle Dekker. I decided to give them a try and tell you guys what I thought about them. After reading through my past book review, I realized that I outlined the entire story without leaving anything out for you guys to read for yourselves. So, my reviews are going to be a little different now, more reviewing and less summarizing (also, I started a summary of this book and it got to be three notebook pages long and I hadn’t finished it yet…….). So, without further ado, let’s get on into it!
The Choosing by Rachelle Dekker:
This book is about a girl named Carrington Hale who lives in a world about 250 years from now, where the way of life is completely different from today. The government consists of The Authority, a group of men who pretty much dictate everything. They institute The Choosing ceremony, where every girl who is 16 goes to be chosen by a man for his wife. If a girl does not get chosen, she becomes a Lint, someone who spends the rest of her life working, and is considered worthless. This is what happens to Carrington. She is devastated, and basically disowned by her family and the community. She goes to work as a Lint, but soon discovers a man named Aaron who tells her that life could be different, she is not worthless, and her Father loves her. Carrington wonders, could this be true? Should she follow this radical man and go against the only values she has ever known? When she realizes the corruption of the Authority and their twisted ways, can she find the light amidst all the darkness?
This is a dystopian novel, but it has a surprising Biblical twist. The character of Aaron that I mentioned above is a Jesus figure, a man who comes along with radical beliefs and is happy to share them with anyone who wants a new way of life. The Authority hates Aaron, and those who follow him are persecuted, almost always killed. Characters struggle to know if they should follow Aaron and risk their lives, or continue living under The Authority’s rule where everything seems to be safe. I really liked the addition of this Biblical twist because it made the book less of the typical and generic dystopian novel and more of an interesting read.
The Choosing is written from multiple perspectives, the majority of the book being from Carrington’s perspective, but also from the perspective of the antagonist (who will remain unnamed until you read the book, ha ha) and Remko, an Authority security guard. I liked reading each character’s perspective and getting to know more than one character more deeply by reading about their emotions and how they personally deal with circumstances.
Overall I think I would give this book four out of five stars. This was one of those books where it took me a little while to get into it, but when I did, I enjoyed it. There is nothing whatsoever that I would call inappropriate in this book. Just as a heads up, there is a little bit of violence (description of dead bodies, some description of murder, and mild description of a girl being tortured), but I think anyone in middle school or above should have no trouble reading it at all. For those who have read The Hunger Games or Divergent, this is lighter violence than either of those.
Tell me what you think in the comments! Are you going to read this book? In a few days I will be posting a review on the sequel to The Choosing, The Calling, so stay tuned for that!