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The Choosing #1, in The Seer series, by Rachelle Dekker
Debut novel will bring a different kind of message about identiy & worth.
We follow Carrington Hale a woman raised in a society where a womans worth is based on being chosen as a bride. When Carrington is not chosen, her dreams are crushed. She is cast from society and begins a journey to find to find the answers to the questions, "who am i and what am I worth?" Along the way she meets fun characters who help her discover her true self and worth through her father.
Number of Pages: 464
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 X 1.00 (inches)|
2016 Christy Award Finalist (First novel category)
Like all citizens since the Ruining, Carrington Hale knows the importance of this day. But she never expected the moment shed spent a lifetime preparing forher Choosing ceremonyto end in disaster. Ripped from her family, shell spend her days serving as a Lint, the lowest level of society. She knows its her duty to follow the true way of the Authority.
But as Carrington begins this nightmare, rumors of rebellion rattle her beliefs. Though the whispers contradict everything shes been told, they resonate deep within.
Then Carrington is offered an unprecedented chance at the life shes always dreamed of, yet she cant 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.
ConnieKentuckyAge: Under 18Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Intriguing ReadJuly 20, 2016ConnieKentuckyAge: Under 18Gender: FemaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I usually don't read dysyopian fiction and I must admit that I found 'The Choosing: to be both intriguing and thought provoking. In the year 2257 Carrington Hale is living in a society where religious dictators establish the rules and you are "chosen' to be free and powerful or you are left to a life of serving others and being in bondage. Carrington is not chosen and this is her journey. The author shows this young woman's struggles and her victory and stresses that in God's eyes no one is considered imperfect. He loves us unconditionally.
I can see this book as being one that will appeal to many age groups and it is very apparent that Rachelle Dekker has inherited her father's writing talent.
I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher through TBCN/BookFun in exchange for my honest review.
Debbie WilderSalinas, CAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A very thought provoking dystopian novel!July 15, 2016Debbie WilderSalinas, CAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I connected immediately with both Carrington Hale and Remko Brant, the two main characters. I was heart-broken many times throughout the book because of what these two sweet individuals were going through. The hopelessness of their situations was palpable.
My interest was caught by the reality of how Carrington was affected by the things that she had been told her whole life. There are many things that we say without thinking about how they will affect the person hearing them. This story really brought my attention to how a persons whole demeanor and outlook on life can be formed by negative comments.
An underlying story is the mystery of the Lints who are being murdered. There are glimpses into the twisted mind of the killer at a number of points in the book. I was very interested in finding out who the killer was. I was definitely rooting for his capture and the safety of the Lints to be restored. They have so much hardship already.
I received a free copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
Anna4 Stars Out Of 5Being Chosen is everything ...April 15, 2016AnnaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5So when Carrington is passed over, her whole world comes crashing down. Her mother, her father, her little brother...gone.
Now Carrington is a Lint - a girl who wasn't chosen forced to work the rest of her life and follow the Authority. It's a nightmare and when rumors of rebellion being to circulate, all of Carrington's beliefs are rattled.
When she goes to see the mysterious Aaron speak, her beliefs become more than rattled.
Join Carrington as she discovers she has always been chosen. It just looks different than what the world says.
This book was really, really good! Rachelle took a cue from her father and wrote a world in which perspective is skewed from right and wrong and it take the reader to discpher what that is!
It strats right at the Choosing Ceremony. That was a little confusing, but I soon understood what was happening. Talk about depressing! The poor girls who weren't choosing are never allowed to marry, are forced to work in slummy gross places and are now labeled Lints!
I loved how the figure of Aaron was symbolic to Christ and how he chooses each and every person! He loves us all even when we can't love ourselves and it was truly wonderfully written that way!
The whole deal with the stuttering guard, Renko, Carrington and Issac was so frustratingly wonderful! I won't get into it (Spoilers!) but let's just say I was on the edge of my seat many, many times!
The only thing about this book I disliked was how it made me super moody! If what you read affects your moods, thoughts etc. I would shy away from this novel. It is super depressing for a good chunk of it!
I give this book 4/5! Well done Mrs Dekker! Can't wait for book two!
I was given this book for my honest review from the Book Club Network.
lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5what a debut!March 21, 2016lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a story with punch that awakens the heart and soul of every reader! Carrington is the female lead who believes she is unlovable, imperfect and worthless. Of course, it doesnt help that her mother has been having her recite the six rules that govern the community after a period called the Ruining. In order to please God, people are forced to follow rules, live in what is basically a caste system and the worst is being separated forever from their family.
Remko is a city guard who Carrington recognizes early on as a man who has a tender heart and an unfulfilled need in his heart. There is a lot going on in the story that will keep you up reading till the end; it is intense to the max! What is portrayed is spiritual warfare that happens over each soul and how one must choose to be free in Him, loved by Him and cherished by Him. The villain in the book readers will quickly spot from the opening of the tale.
I bought this book when it first came out, intending to read it as soon as I could. When book two recently was released titled, The Calling, I had to delve into the constant action and high caliber intensity of book one that never lets up. The story is powerful because it speaks powerful Biblical truths through various parts of the work of fiction.
When I looked in the back of book two, The Calling, I saw book three will be released in the fall of this year, I was ecstatic not to have to wait a whole year for the conclusion! In the tale too I noticed just how important a family unit is and how it works best to the glory of God. I enjoyed the name used to show us Jesus as our High Priest, who offered Himself to redeem us, to reconcile us and restore us.
So grab The Choosing and The Calling so youre prepared for book three when it is released by Tyndale this year! Open your heart and mind to the spiritual truths well woven within the novels! See you again when I review The Calling as well as book three in the series!
ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5well written dystopiaMarch 13, 2016ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I would hope that our world does not get this bad in 200 years. Why would we want our lives to go so backward. This would be a horrible world to live in but this is a wonderfully written story. Maybe Carrington is lucky to not be picked in the first place. I am looking forward to reading the second book in this series very soon. I received this book from bookfun.org for a fair and honest opinion.