Thursday, March 17, 2016

The Choosing by Rachelle Dekker

About the Book
Like all citizens since the Ruining, Carrington Hale knows the importance of this day. But she never expected the moment she’d spent a lifetime preparing for―her Choosing ceremony―to end in disaster. Ripped from her family, she’ll spend her days serving as a Lint, the lowest level of society. She knows it’s 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 she’s been told, they resonate deep within.
Then Carrington is offered an unprecedented chance at the life she’s always dreamed of, yet she can’t 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.

My Thoughts
To be honest I almost ignored this book. I am not the biggest fan of Ted Dekker so I wasn't sure what to expect from his daughter. Thankfully the premise intrigued me too much and after hearing good things from fellow bloggers I knew that I had to give it a try. I loved it! Rachelle has a beautiful writing style and the dystopian world she created was well thought out and brilliantly executed.
I loved Carrington and Remko's characters (side note: I thought it was interesting how most of the characters first names were names more commonly used as surnames) and really enjoyed getting to know them through the course of this book. I would have liked to have a bit more to their romance since they really didn't have all that many interactions but that was mainly due to the rules of the society in which they lived and there was enough that it didn't seem too far-fetched.
The theme of finding your identity and value in who God says you are rather than who the world tells you to be was beautifully woven throughout the book and really shone through.
The villain was a bit creepy but not in an off-putting way and he was as well written as the rest of the characters. It was rather easy to deduce who he was but that didn't detract from the suspenseful aspect at all.
I honestly loved this book and it had me hooked from the very beginning! I'm actually kinda glad it took me a little while to read this because I didn't have to wait before starting book two! If you like dystopian novels definitely check this book out, you won't be sorry!

Meet the Author
The oldest daughter of New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker, Rachelle Dekker was inspired early on to discover truth through the avenue of storytelling. She writes full time from her home in Nashville, where she lives with her husband, Daniel, and their diva cat Blair.


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