Ten years ago, the five chosen defeated the Dark One and saved the world. However, that was ten years ago and though the world has moved on, the five chosen haven’t. When an explosion occurs and a chosen one dies, will the chosen be able to save the world again?
Well, this book was nothing like I thought it was going to be and it was AMAZING! Move over boring superhero books, Chosen Ones is an interesting twist on the aftermath of saving the world and a big dose of mental reality.
I mean think about it, if you were told as a teen that you were destined to save the world and had no other choice, how would you react? This author took this reality and added such a great spin on it. All the characters in this book are extremely flawed! You have Sloane who is basically in a bad mood 24/7 and as cuddly as a cactus, Matt, the pretentious leader, Ines the quiet realist, Esther who is obsessive about social media, and Albie, a struggling drug addict. However, flawed these people may be, how would you be with all that pressure on your shoulders at such a young age? I’m a mess now and I wasn’t asked to save the world.
Not only did they already save the world, they were asked to save it AGAIN!!! I would’ve said hell no and walked away, but not these guys. They accepted their fate grudgingly, but accepted it with a grace I never could. I really liked that aspect of the book because it was just very real to me and a take on the chosen trope that I haven’t seen anymore. All the characters were NOT perfect in any way shape or form. I enjoyed it because I have always hated the idea that the chosen one gets all the blame for everything and expected to be perfect. This book doesn’t have that at all and it’s beautiful.
So the main character, Sloane, is not a heroine in any means of the word. She is struggling to find who she is and what she wants out of life after they defeated the Dark One. Ten years later, she is still struggling because mental health is like that. You can’t just get over something lickedy split no matter if everyone else has. I also believe that Sloane fights getting, “better,” because she is honestly a garbage human most of the time and uses her trauma as an excuse to be that way. I understand, but she still acted like a garbage human.
The only thing I didn’t necessarily understand was the magic system of the world. Was it magic or was it science? I wish the author had explained it a little better. I also wish I could have understood how the chosen ones were actually chosen. Yes, the book explained it a little with classified notes, but it wasn’t enough for me. The magical objects were very interesting and very cool, but again I wanted more!
Overall, this was a really cool and unique fantasy with a little science fiction sprinkled it. I was obsessed and wished there was more!
My Book Rating
4/5 Book World
Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Published on April 7, 2020 by John Joseph Adams/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Copy Read: Hardcover