1. The Choosing #1
    The Choosing #1
    Rachelle Dekker
    Tyndale House / 2015 / Trade Paperback
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    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 27 Reviews
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  1. Kentucky
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Intriguing Read
    July 20, 2016
    Connie
    Kentucky
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    I 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.

  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Being Chosen is everything ...
    April 15, 2016
    Anna
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    So 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.
  3. Tuscaloosa, AL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    not what I expected.....better
    October 4, 2015
    tumcsec
    Tuscaloosa, AL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I've been a long time fan of Ted Dekker, so when I first heard his oldest daughter Rachelle had written her first novel, I knew I had to read it. The year is 2257. So it's not my normal genre that I read but I quickly got sucked into the plot and read the whole thing in two days! The world has experienced a "ruining" which sounds sort of like an end to "normal" society. The city that Carrington lives in is ruled by a group of men called The Authority. She is a young girl that has been brought up to believe that all laws put forth by The Authority must be obeyed. When a girl turns 17, she is herded in like cattle for The Choosing. Men are able to look the girls over and choose a wife. If the girl is not chosen she is considered "worthless" and becomes a "Lint". Forever to live the rest of her life as a worker, living in a dorm, never to marry and never to see her family again. CityWatch guards are men that decide to live their life protecting the city and its occupants, never to marry and have families. These citizens live by the rules of The Authority, who lead by a "calling of god" from a book the "Veritas". Which is a very loose version of the Bible. When some are drawn outside the city limits, which is forbidden, to hear a different version of God and are caught, they are imprisioned. Carrington is pulled toward what she hears about this different version of God, and how He considers her beautiful, loved, not worthless, but created by him. There is conflict when she is pulled from the ranks of the Lints, after not being chosen, to marry an Authority, Isaac, Keeper of the Veritas. Does Isaac truly care for Carrington, or is he pure evil itself?

    Rachelle keeps you guessing about what is going to happen next. With a great imagination, she draws you into the story, and in my case, keeps me reading into the wee hours of the morning. I will certainly be looking for the sequel coming in March, 2016.

    I received this book from Bookfun for my honest opinion, which I have given.
  4. OR
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Well-done Christian Dystopian
    August 6, 2015
    MaryAnn
    OR
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This dystopian novel has echoes of The Giver, Divergent, and The Hunger Games, with a futuristic society where life is tightly controlled by the Authority. The title is taken from an annual event where all 17-year-old girls compete for a husband. Those not chosen are destined to stay single Lints and do the work needed to keep the city functioning. Carrington Hale faces the fate of her nightmares, when she is not chosen. Will an unexpected second chance offer her a dream come true or bring even worse terror? This debut novel is stunningly well written and one your brain wont let go. A continual theme is self-worth, one with which most people struggle. The book contains plenty of suspense and daring too.
  5. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    The Choosing :Review
    June 8, 2015
    Kara Peck
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    This is a tough review to write. Rachelle Dekker chose to use a name that invites you to a certain feeling, expectation and world. It's difficult to leave your bias at the door. You are left to wonder if that's how she wanted you to feel. I went into The Choosing struggling a bit. Will she have her own unique voice? Why not choose a pen name? All these questions flying through my head, tripping me up. Several of my friends discussed it with me. Opinions and preferences differed.

    Finally I jumped in. Doing my best to leave my thoughts behind me. I had a rough start of it, I will admit. The writing seemed halting and it took effort to dive in. Is this me? Is it the writing, or even something as small as the tense it's written in? Ignoring all my quandaries, I continued to read. Finally about half way through I was hooked. I now realize I was hooked by the potential of the story, rather than the reality of what I eventually read.Theability to predict outcomes is something I can never do, yet I found my guesses coming true on the page. There were also a few curves, I found interesting, so it is not all easy reading. In fact, once the story started flowing and more was understood, I became veryangry at the direction the villain was moving. As well as cheering and smiling for the good guys.For that I am glad and further encouraged that there is more to Rachelle than just one good book.

    Let's talk characters. Rachelle did a rather good job in that department. I found myself eventually rooting for Carrington -the main character- and a few others. I would struggle with them, feel the connections and the hope or be rocked with confusion and despair. While not heavily invested in the story I was interested in the people. That combined with a stronger or more riveting story line and I would be raving! As it stands I am just recommending to a certain audience. The Choosing is a book with a mission to make a point, and it's a good point! There is an audience that needs to hear this message. People who struggle with their worth in life or their identity would greatly benefit.

    Though I would describe this book as good, I can also say that I am excited to see what is done in thenext book. I hope she doesn't hold back or use caution. The point could have been madejust as well had there been a rivetingstory.Rachelle does have her own voice. If that is a concern for you, you can let that one go. If you don't want a book that keeps you up all night, biting your nails, then chances are good you would enjoy this one! I do want to see more from Rachelle Dekker. I am excited for the opportunity to watch her story bloom. I think she has what it takes.
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