Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams

Title: The Chosen One
Author: Carol Lynch Williams
Pages: 213

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Tags: Isolated Communities, Polygamy, Abuse, Romance
Age Group: Young Adult

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Thirteen-year-old Kyra has grown up in an isolated polygamous community without questioning her father’s three wives and her twenty brothers and sisters. Or at least without questioning them much—if you don’t count her secret visits to the Mobile Library on Wheels to read forbidden books, or her meetings with the boy she hopes to choose for herself instead of having a man chosen for her. But when the Prophet decrees that Kyra must marry her 60-year-old uncle—who already has six wives—Kyra must make a desperate choice in the face of violence and her own fears of losing her family.




Kyra, a thirteen-year-old living in a polygamist community, yet she hasn't gone faced the facts about the polygamy going on around her. She is clueless about the feelings to be chosen. One day unexpectedly, it is announced that she must wed her 60 year uncle, who has chosen her to be his 7th wife. Kyra's first thoughts are that God is punishing her for her sins for lying, reading books that are not the Bible, sneaking out out of the house, and stealing food from her other mothers among other things. To console her in her times of melancholy comes Joshua, the guy she soon falls in love with. With Joshua she feels safe, and loved the love her soon to be husband can't give her. After she adventures and lives with the forbidden love, her uncle comes and physically abuses her leaving her bruised and hurt. It was then she experienced with thoughts of escaping the gruesome, strict, and pain-filled life she lives, but leaving behind those she loves troubles her.....

This is is very emotional book, and deals with a very painful subject. The novel is nothing, but beautiful and spectacular. It made me think about how good we have it on the outside world. It was full of surprises, adventure, a powerful message. The heart-moving tale gives us a clear picture of the polygamous life. Williams paints a clear picture of a world where women have no saying and are owned by men. A place where women are only to have outrageous amounts of children and destined to be punished if they fail to obey the commandments of the prophet, of the ruler of their community, a world still existent today. I found no flaw in the writing it is destined to interest anyone. The characters where beautifully developed that you could even feel their pain and struggles. It is definitely a very important book, because we can all learn from it. It can help us all value our freedom, even help us value and respect the female gender, and stand up for our rights. Certainly, it will make your teeth grind!

Overall, from start to finish I enjoyed the book, and highly recommend it. It can do us all a lot of good, to learn about the isolated society hidden from the outside world.


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2 comments:

Andrea [Buried In Books] said...

I loved this book too! I was almost in tears at certain points, like when the Prophets punished baby Mariah :\ I have a little 3 mo. old boy and just thinking about someone doing that to him made me realize how blessed we are to have so much freedom in our lives.

I enjoyed your review & I'm glad you liked this book as much as I did :D

Amy said...

Great review! I don't think it's possible to dislike this book. It was powerful.
I love your layout btw ;-D
-AMY