Title: Chosen ones (The Chosen ones #1).
Author: Veronica Roth.
Publisher: John Joseph Adams.
Page count: 411.
Release day: April 7th 2020.
Genre: Adult, fantasy.
Rating: 2 stars.
*Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC, all opinions are my own!*
What is it about? (Summary from GoodReads)
The first novel written for an adult audience by the mega-selling author of the Divergent franchise: five twenty-something heroes famous for saving the world when they were teenagers must face even greater demons—and reconsider what it means to be a hero . . . by destiny or by choice.
A decade ago near Chicago, five teenagers defeated the otherworldly enemy known as the Dark One, whose reign of terror brought widespread destruction and death. The seemingly un-extraordinary teens—Sloane, Matt, Ines, Albie, and Esther—had been brought together by a clandestine government agency because one of them was fated to be the “Chosen One,” prophesized to save the world. With the goal achieved, humankind celebrated the victors and began to mourn their lost loved ones.
Ten years later, though the champions remain celebrities, the world has moved forward and a whole, younger generation doesn’t seem to recall the days of endless fear. But Sloane remembers. It’s impossible for her to forget when the paparazzi haunt her every step just as the Dark One still haunts her dreams. Unlike everyone else, she hasn’t moved on; she’s adrift—no direction, no goals, no purpose. On the eve of the Ten Year Celebration of Peace, a new trauma hits the Chosen: the death of one of their own. And when they gather for the funeral at the enshrined site of their triumph, they discover to their horror that the Dark One’s reign never really ended.
Average: 3.00 (which means 2 stars!)
I was very excited for this release, since I loved the Divergent series and I was one of those who actually really liked Carve the mark as well!
I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this one, I just knew it was going to be adult and contained superheroes.
I have to say, I was very disappointed..
This book is about 5 chosen ones, 10 years after they defeated the dark one. Even though all 5 of them are chosen ones, they keep pointing at Matt for being the Chosen chosen one. We read the story from Sloane’s perspective, one of the Chosen ones. Even after 10 years she is still struggling with the trauma she got during the fight with the dark one, understandably.
After reading 100 pages, I was about to DNF the book.. I then realized I almost finished part one, so I decided to push through and read the beginning of part two before deciding to DNF. The beginning of the second part caught my attention so I continued on.
Honestly I disliked all the characters.. Especially Sloane, she annoyed me so much. She kept being like ‘no one understands me’, and she didn’t communicate and kept doing her own thing..
I also thought it was quite annoying that they kept saying that Matt was the Chosen chosen one, but the story showed us something else..
I was thoroughly confused by the plot. I couldn’t understand most of the things that were happening, or at least not why. There were also some media parts, like newspapers, interviews, and parts of books. I have no idea what that had to do with the rest of the story, they told of the story of 10 years ago, when the dark one was still around, but I didn’t see why I needed to know this. So at some point I started skimming over them, because I didn’t care.
As I mentioned before, the second part started off with an interesting twist that I really did not see coming so I wanted to continue to see if the book became more interesting. But then the plot became quite predictable, but by then I was so far into the book that I just wanted to finish it, but I had a hard time picking this one up. Honestly might as well have DNF’ed.
I’m also not really sure why this is classified as adult instead of YA?!
I did still really like veronica Roth’s writing, and I will definitely pick up her next YA work.