Kyra is a member of "The Chosen Ones" a group of fanatic Christians who practice polygamy, but it's much worse than that. Kyra, who is 14, finds out she has been chosen to marry her 60-year-old UNCLE. She is understandably very unhappy about this. Her three mothers and about 20 siblings are unhappy about it too.
She wants to escape, she has a young boy she is interested in, and she has some other secrets. You can see where the story is going, and it is somewhat predictable given the circumstances. But there are interesting details, such as the fact that Kyra sneaks away once a week and gets books from the bookmobile. (No books are allowed in the compound except for the Bible.) This helps to make The Chosen One stand out and keeps the reader's interest.
It is also interesting that it hasn't always been this way. Kyra's moms grew up with much more lenient rules. It all depends on "the prophet" (the current leader of the group) and how fanatical he is.
Let me just say that my blood was boiling when I read this, as I'm sure many of you can relate to. Tears were shed. (And I'm usually not a cryer.) People who use God's name and the Bible to make people live in such brutal, life-threatening conditions just cannot be tolerated. I know this happens all over the world, but we can't get used to it. It isn't right. And, I know this is fiction, but we've read the news stories about similar circumstances. It's not even the polygamy. That's not the issue AT ALL. It's the beatings and the murders and the rapes. It's the withholding of medical treatment. OK. I'll stop now....
The Chosen One is riveting. If you can handle the emotional aspect, you should pick this one up. It's a great issue book for teens, and I'll be pointing them towards The Chosen One.
Published by St. Martin's Griffin, 2010
Copy obtained from the library
240 pages (qualifies for my "Books You Can Read in a Day Challenge!")
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