Prime Chosen Ones By Veronica Roth – Z55z.co

Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestI was not a fan of DIVERGENT or CARVE THE MARK, and found both to be very much soulless cash ins based on current trends And yet, despite that, the idea of CHOSEN ONES appealed to me because of its very simple and yet original premise what happens to the chosen ones after they complete their mission and defeat the evil force disturbing the universe Veronica Roth is also the latest YA author jumping about the let s write for adults Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestI was not a fan of DIVERGENT or CARVE THE MARK, and found both to be very much soulless cash ins based on current trends And yet, despite that, the idea of CHOSEN ONES appealed to me because of its very simple and yet original premise what happens to the chosen ones after they complete their mission and defeat the evil force disturbing the universe Veronica Roth is also the latest YA author jumping about the let s write for adults now trend including Sarah J Maas and Leigh Bardugo , and after reading Maas s utterly abysmal take on adult fiction, I was curious to see how Roth would fare.Our narrator is a young woman named Sloane, who, along with her friends, Matt, Ines, Esther, and Albie, were part of a prophesied group who would take on the Dark One Despite his cheesy name, the Dark One is a genuinely terrifying figure who creates these events called Drains, which are basically tornadoes made of magic that literally pull people apart.They were victorious and are now idolized by the public as somewhat of a cross between demigods and A list celebrities, but Sloane is feeling embittered about her victory There s something about peaking in your mid twenties that s kind of disturbing, knowing that nothing you do will ever match up to that last battle She also has serious PTSD from her traumatic battles, and guilt from not being strong enough Everyone in their group had their own roles to fill, and Sloane fell neatly into the jaded and sensitive slot way too easily, and it s kind of sad how most of her friends use that against her or give her a hard time about it.Then, one day, the ex Chosens are called in by their old government handlers and debriefed on inexplicable phenomena happening all over Earth There s a possibility that the Dark One or someone like him has returned And then, in part two of the book, all of our heroes find the rug and the world as they knew it literally pulled right out from under them, plunging them into a terrifying world of magic, mystery, and death They re going to have to go to battle again, and this time, all of their demons will be joining them, and Sloane is absolutely terrified.I debated about what to give this book It engrossed me from the beginning but there were things about it I didn t like as much I think the world building is interesting but cheesy once again, as in DIVERGENT, the story is set entirely in Chicago, which is fine, but begs the question of what the world is like outside of Chicago and even the U.S This is never really answered satisfactorily Not bad cheesy, but comic book cheesy, which given this book s premise, actually makes it work better than if it had tried to take itself too seriously Parts of this book reminded me of Brandon Sanderson s STEELHEART, especially with the idea that superheroes can be morally ambiguous, and other parts reminded me of Animorphs, especially the reluctant hero aspect and the team dynamic.I do want to say that like HOUSE OF EARTH AND BLOOD, this doesn t really read as adult All of the characters are extremely immature and read and act like children, to the point where I had to repeatedly remind myself that they were not If I were being generous, I might speculate that part of this is due to the trauma of peaking at an early age, and emotionally they are trapped in the minds of their teenage selves, much like how child stars who are unable to deal with their fame sometimes act like rebellious teenagers well into their twenties and thirties But the narrative and the story also feel very YA like, so as an adult work I almost feel like this would have been better marketed towards a young adult audience, despite the swearing and references to substance use, which did not feel particularly excessive and weren t, in my mind, enough to bar an older teen from reading it Part of me can t help but wonder if maybe someone decided it might belucrative to market to adults rather than children and if maybe this started out as a young adult book that was tweaked That would explain why all the adults read as kids, and why the writing feels like it s been coded so young.Sloane s character was honestly one of the best things about this book, though, if you ignore the fact that she acts like she s about seventeen or eighteen and not in her mid twenties I loved the way she was so haunted by her past and allowed to be selfish Tris from DIVERGENT was the worst, and I couldn t stand her Sloane, on the other hand, felt real I could see myself making some of the decisions she did In the beginning, when she s just trying to survive, I ached for her Her misery pours off the pages and you really sense what a toll her life took on her Seeing her plunged into an unfamiliar world and having that be the impetus for her first real steps towards healing made sense she was finally breaking free of the loop that had kept her in the mind of her younger self.Also, there s a bad guy in here who is basically Kylo Ren with magic, and if that isn t enough to get all of the villain fangirls out there swarming the book shops, I don t know what is He even has a metal mask I m honestly surprised the Kylo Ren angle wasn t pushed harder by the marketing team, especially since CARVE THE MARK as I recall was compared to Star Wars, when the only thing it had in common with Star Wars was space I loved the Kylo Ren character in this book and won t be saying any about him because spoilers, but honestly the world needsvillain arcs like his in stories and I m glad that Veronica Roth actually did a decent job handling his character.I think a good comparison to this book, actually, is THE BONE SEASON The world building can be hokey at times but the story is addicting, albeit slow paced If it clicks with you and you re willing to make the effort, it becomes a world you can sink into and won t want to leave But some people aren t going to click and others are going to be put off by the hokey weirdness, and they re going to give the book low ratings, and that is their right I m lucky that it clicked for me and I did find the book the effort even though it was a slog at times The only thing I really didn t like was the ending I feel like so many people harped on Roth about ALLEGIANT that she went in the opposite direction with this book and actually ended up creating an ending that felt too easy, and too neat.Overall, though, CHOSEN ONES was a really great take on the chosen ones stereotype and the world building is pretty creative and original and I had a great time reading it Anyone who enjoyed books like Animorphs or STEELHEART is probably going to enjoy this, particularly if they like hot villains and sullen heroines who are tortured by a dark past I just realized that this is book one in a series, and I m shocked, because it felt done, but I m definitely curious to see where it goes from here Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review 4 to 4.5 stars 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 choiceA 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 This book was challenging in the best way, and I can t wait to see where it takes us in the sequelMany thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy This book was challenging in the best way, and I can t wait to see where it takes us in the sequelMany thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy. Here comes unpopular, booed review which will earn me a special throne at the minority kingdom A promising YA fantasy sci fi, super heroes against the dark one and victory and its aftermath story from the brilliant author of Divergent franchise So nothing can be wrong I cannot say I hate this book but I pushed so hard to finish it I puffed, I sighed, I screamed and close the book, I napped, I had so many happy hour times actually when you re in quarantine, every hour or half an hour could Here comes unpopular, booed review which will earn me a special throne at the minority kingdom A promising YA fantasy sci fi, super heroes against the dark one and victory and its aftermath story from the brilliant author of Divergent franchise So nothing can be wrong I cannot say I hate this book but I pushed so hard to finish it I puffed, I sighed, I screamed and close the book, I napped, I had so many happy hour times actually when you re in quarantine, every hour or half an hour could make you happy You know what I mean Cheers and I fidgeted, squirmed, walked back and forth a lot At some point finishing it turned into a mission, a task , a mandatory thing like producing hand sanitizer at your home or working on your dancing moves to burn the calories you got at your 15 times happy hours drinking Positive things I liked the first part We re introduced to our five main characters chosen ones who has defeated the Dark one when they were only kids and gathering together for tenth anniversary Sloane is the tough, badass, cool, smart, hiding behind emotional barriers, traumatized because she was one of the two kids who has been captivated by Dark One I wish the story may have been told by her narration It will help us to connect with the protagonistand it could giveintimate perspective to her fight with her inner demons, her struggles to adapt in daily lives.Sloane, Inez and Albie were my favorite characters from five chosen ones but unfortunately we say goodbye to one of them who was suffering from PTSD and drug addiction and other one got stuck in her universe I find Esther and Matt a little pretentious, artificial and unoriginal Matt was the leader of the group butthan leading, he acted like popular celebrity who has great thirst for fame and spotlight and Esther was not different from her with her social media and over sharing obsession And third person narration didn t help us to connect with them, too Other irritating thing was at most part of the books characters acted, talked and behaved like teenagers but this was normal because their teenage years have been stolen and they carried a huge burden and responsibility on their shoulders which prevented them growing up like their peers have done I think Mox and Ziva were the other likable, badass, complex characters of the book but because of the progression of story, we couldn t be introduced to them till the half part of the book Negative things I already told about my feelings about some of the characters I think my main problem was too slow pacing At some parts I wanted to scream at the author to omit some parts and cut to the chase First part of the story the characters adapting in real live after ten years later they defeated the Dark One But did they really defeat him because his corpse has never been found Sloane suffers from nightmares and panic attacks, using tranquilizers Albie mostly spends his time in Rehab because he was the other one who has been captivated and tortured by Dark One He already lost sense of touch in his fingers Inez turned into some kind of agoraphobic But Matt and Esther adapts in their new lives by pretending and living a perfectly fake social media lives The night of tenth anniversary, Matt proposes Sloane in front of a huge audience and Sloane reluctantly says yes because she doesn t want to humiliate her long time boyfriend in front of his fans Then one of them couldn t take any, getting exhausted to fight against the suffering and pain, killing himself At the funeral ceremony, something happened and Matt, Esther and Sloane find themselves kidnapped by powerful people at the parallel universe which is the beginning of second part of the book They have been summoned because there is another Dark One at this universe and they re chosen to fight against him and if they don t kill him, they will never go back to their own universes And that s where I stopped telling what s gonna happen But I have to admit, I liked the parallel universe s charactersIncluding Dark One and his soldiers, oh, let s not forget the Prophet The ending was great and but I wish there might betempting cliffhanger make me wanna read the second installment But I really liked Mox and Sloane and I m so sure, this book was the just the introduction and I hope the author left the juiciest action packed and faster paced story line for the second book I still want to read it Overall Ultra slow paced and boring third narration story telling made me give 3.25 stars but I still think this was interestingly promising start and I still want to read the second installment because I m still die hard fan of this author s works and as I witnessed before her second installments are always getting better than the first ones.bloginstagramfacebooktwitter This wasn t as bad as I d thought it would be But not as good as it could have been It s just there was no good plot in this book.I actually liked the tone of this novel Sloane s PTSD laced, depressing voice worked for me well In fact, I wanted to read about people getting over their trauma of carrying the burden of saving the whole world on their young shoulders The psychology of this was interesting to me and many other authors who had explored this before I have a huge issue with a This wasn t as bad as I d thought it would be But not as good as it could have been It s just there was no good plot in this book.I actually liked the tone of this novel Sloane s PTSD laced, depressing voice worked for me well In fact, I wanted to read about people getting over their trauma of carrying the burden of saving the whole world on their young shoulders The psychology of this was interesting to me and many other authors who had explored this before I have a huge issue with anyone who thinks this premise is original 10 years after defeating the Dark One, Sloane and her 4 co heroes are trying to make peace with their past and survive There are glimpses of their past heroic acts and fights with their magical nemesis, and, for me, that they were only hinted at, was what I liked the best I didn t want to go into the nitty grippy of the magic acts, because they weren t what this story was about Or so I thought Even though the narrative was slow, I didn t mind being in Sloane s head I was curious where this would all go.But the story went to a parallel, magic filled world, and everything that I was interested in examination of trauma, relationships among people bound by their shared heavy past, exploitation of the Chosen Ones dissolved into a predictable, uninteresting fight with the BIG BAD None of the world building was inventive, the magic was slightly ridiculous siphons and whistles and magical breaths , the villain boring, and overall the whole thing was tame and uninspired.When you choose to write such a stock plot, you gotta have vibrant characters, and there weren t any really Sloane was fine, and the Kylo Ren like fella kept me turning pages There should have been a dedication or at least some thanks to Adam Driver somewhere in this tome But ultimately, Chosen Ones was slow and forgettable See, it already faded in my mind Will I read the sequel Nah I don t think Roth will take here characters anywhere interesting People who complained that this wasn t a truly adult book, are not wrong Ultimately, possible adult, mature topics that could have been explored here, were dropped to give way to your regular YA plot tropes.The audio production of this novel is quite spectacular If you liked Illuminae, you should give this a try.I won t lie, I am only going to check this out because I saw someone say there is a Kylo Ren type character in this book Bring on the angst and tantrums intergalacticthirsttrap hornyspacehamlet thanks, Dana Stevens After the train wreck Allegiant and skipping Carve the Mark this better be good, I still have faith in Veronica Roth because Divergent and only book one was so good After the train wreck Allegiant and skipping Carve the Mark this better be good, I still have faith in Veronica Roth because Divergent and only book one was so good Everything I hoped it would be andI am a bit surprised at some of the low reviews I have seen, because I thought this was utterly fantastic I loved so much about it and right at this moment I can t think of one part of this book I didn t like I was a bit afraid when I saw there is a second book in the works that it would end on a huge cliffhanger and I would hate the ending but there was no cliffhanger I can t imagine where the next book will go but without a big cliffhanger it could re Everything I hoped it would be andI am a bit surprised at some of the low reviews I have seen, because I thought this was utterly fantastic I loved so much about it and right at this moment I can t think of one part of this book I didn t like I was a bit afraid when I saw there is a second book in the works that it would end on a huge cliffhanger and I would hate the ending but there was no cliffhanger I can t imagine where the next book will go but without a big cliffhanger it could really go anywhere Especially with they way that it encompasses string theory and magic It could start with a similar occurrence somewhere else, or it could start with our same people from this book coming up against another big evil This is my hope because I loved all the Chosen Ones in this book.I am trying to think of how much I can put in this review without giving things away I read the book without reading any reviews and I probably liked itbecause I didn t know what was going to happen So I will do my best to give some background information without giving away anything that is great to learn as you read.This story, like the blurb states is about five heroes They were brought together as part of a prophecy when they were children and trained to fight The Dark One The Dark One is a person that is killing thousands of people at at time using some form of magic to create these drains The drain is similar to a tornado or hurricane surrounding him that sucks everything nearby into its path It blows buildings apart and sucks all the people nearby into it and they are torn apart piece by piece.The prophecy allows the government to search out and find different candidates or kids who fit a certain criteria where they might be the Chosen One Criteria like blood type, the fact that they had a brother and father that died and have a different last name than their mother The book is mostly told from the point of view of one of the five chosen, Sloane Andrews and takes place ten years after the Chosen Ones defeated the Dark One.Sloane was found when she was a pre teen by the government agency ARIS Agency for the Research and Investigation of the Supranormal She was trained along with the other Chosen Ones by a guy named Bert not his real name and the chosen ones fought the Dark One many times before finally defeating him.The Chosen Ones are famous for saving the world and treated like celebrities, with paparazzi following them, people asking for autographs and mobbing them when they go out It is hard for Sloane because she only wants to be left alone Sloane lives with Matt, another of the Chosen Ones and they have been in a relationship since just after the Dark One was defeated The other Chosen Ones include Ines, who currently lives platonically with Albie also a Chosen One They all live in Chicago, but the final Chosen One, Esther lives in California where she takes care of her mother with Cancer and works as a social media darling.At the ten year anniversary of the defeat, they are gathered together to attend the unveiling of a Memorial to those lives taken by the Dark One One of them dies not long after that and the rest of them gather again at the memorial for the funeral The book uses flashbacks quite a bit, showing times they fought against the Dark One and before that as well It also uses Internal communications from ARIA that Sloane requested as part of the the freedom of information act There are also articles that have been written in the press that are used I like this because these things are great for giving an alternate view of the occurrences as well as additional information the reader needs to understand the background that may or may not have been known to Sloane.I don t want to say anything else because that would give too much away that is fun to learn as you read But I loved this book It has magic which is akin to superpowers, it has magical objects, it has heroes and villains, intense relationships, difficult choices andI was enthralled throughout This is one of those books that just takes you away into another world and gets you I laughed and cried and can t wait until the next book.I voluntarily read reviewed an advanced copy of this book All thoughts opinions are my own Blog Goodreads Facebook Instagram Twitter BookBub What is this about Well, I dunno, and neither does the author It aggravates me how this advertises itself as deconstructive, because that d suggest at least a grain of original thought, and this novel has none false advertising, I should sue Suuure, it s a deconstruction , but that s a plastic veneer of creativity over what is patently an uncreative novel I don t want to be hateful, but this was thirteen hours of regurgitated rubbish and oh gods not this bullshit again, so yeah I m fee What is this about Well, I dunno, and neither does the author It aggravates me how this advertises itself as deconstructive, because that d suggest at least a grain of original thought, and this novel has none false advertising, I should sue Suuure, it s a deconstruction , but that s a plastic veneer of creativity over what is patently an uncreative novel I don t want to be hateful, but this was thirteen hours of regurgitated rubbish and oh gods not this bullshit again, so yeah I m feeling the hatePlease, for the love of God, don t be one of those villains who waxes poetic about existentialist nonsense, because if you are, I really will have to cut you, she said See, the problem is this, this lampshading It tries, oh, it tries, to be intelligent, but it isn t It points out tropes, pats itself for being realistic , but stupidly, ineptly trips into a pitfall of those same tropes Ugh You can t, can t fault something for what it is while being guilty of the same fault.And let me say, the author s vision for this novel is very, very confusing and unfocused at times, it s gritty and realistic or it tries to be , at times, it s nonsensically silly I m not convinced of what the author wanted for this, but it was not whatI wanted Now, what did I want I wanted psychological portrayals of people and relationships I wanted a deeper layer to all of it But, no siree bob The narrative is so oblivious to what it is and what it should be and it all becomes a whole lot of eh People are dead, eh The world is ending, eh.As for the plotting Oh, the plotting It s messy, off putting and painfully amateurish What pitiful spurts of plot progression there are, are all lost within pages of, uh oh, that s right, nothing.All I m saying is that, there s slow, and there s, well, wasting time Thirteen goddarn hours of wasting time 2.0 5 note first time reading veronica roth and let me say, if this is her adult fantasy , i m not too inclined to read her ya, don t at me Sometimes Sloan wondered if the world had been worth savingSloan s character really was the redeeming factor for this novel She was coated in an assortment of layers and I was never exactly sure what she would do next I didn t really care about her, but she was the only character I felt like I knew since the other characters were underdeveloped.The story progressed like a herd of turtles Once one thing was over the group of Chosen Ones would move on to something else while meandering aSometimes Sloan wondered if the world had been worth savingSloan s character really was the redeeming factor for this novel She was coated in an assortment of layers and I was never exactly sure what she would do next I didn t really care about her, but she was the only character I felt like I knew since the other characters were underdeveloped.The story progressed like a herd of turtles Once one thing was over the group of Chosen Ones would move on to something else while meandering about their day to day business I wasn t exactly sure the direction the story was going until over halfway through the book Part One p.1 121 Since the beginning picks up in the aftermath of events that are at this point unknown to the reader, a lot of the beginning was a little confusing about exactly what had happened You pick up pieces here and there throughout Part One about what happened to them 10 years when they defeated the Dark One Other than trying to figure out what happened 10 years ago, it s mainly about their lives and relationships with each other since defeating the Dark One a decade ago Part 2 p.123 284 Something happens, and it s exciting What a tease Because halfway through, it gets back to that slow crawl again The group learns magicand I got so bored all over again Part 3 p.285 419 Stays at a slow moderate pace until the ending twist Can t tell you the rest I was happy with the ending, which is set up nicely for a sequel The ending did answer a lot of my questions Things started to come together, but getting there in a reasonable and timely fashion was backbreaking This is a YA book through and through But it s marked as adult NeverthelessI enjoy YA novels, but this one wasn t for me Without Sloan s character, I would have thrown in the towel While the characters are supposed to be adults, they talk and act like teenagers I didn t picture them as adults at all The only trait solidifying them as adults was their age.This was an okay read I won this in a Goodreads giveaway holy mother of god this cover is ugly Goodreads Blog Pinterest LinkedIn YouTube Instagram holy mother of god this cover is ugly Goodreads Blog Pinterest LinkedIn YouTube Instagram