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    Good start to a new series

    The Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth is the 1st in the Chosen Ones fantasy/scifi series First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Series Information: Ten years ago, five teenagers (Matt Weekes, Sloane Andrews, Ines Mejia, Albert Summers, Esther Park) fought and bested the Dark One, who had brought much destruction and death to Earth.  The five had been recruited and trained by the government, because one of them was prophesied to become the Chosen One who would save the world.  The five did, indeed, vanquish the enemy, and have been celebrities ever since. My Synopsis:   (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions) The world has moved on, and most of the magic from the time of the Dark One has been forgotten.  But it is a little harder for the five, although most have found ways to capitalize on their fame.  Matt is considered the Chosen One, and seems to love the attention of his fans.  Esther is a fashion icon, and has a large following on on Insta!, but also has a mother who is battling cancer.   Ines is more nervous, a little paranoid, but has put her graphic arts skills to good use.   Albert, although a top model,  is the quiet one, and the only one who suffered lasting physical harm by the Dark One.  Sloane is the tough, anti-social one, and her losses are buried deep. Sloane prefers a more private life, which is almost impossible.  She is angry, and lashes out at everyone and everything.  She is drifting, has no goals, and no desires. When one of the five dies shortly after the ten-year anniversary, they all feel lost.  At the funeral, they find that their job is not done.  There is another battle they will have to fight....this one may be the death of everyone. My Opinions:    This is Veronica Roth's first book aimed at the adult audience.  However, most of it read like it was still aimed at the YA crowd.  The characters were supposed to be in their late 20's or early 30's, but read more like early 20's.  I often enjoy YA novels, so this didn't bother me. I wasn't that fond of Matt (a little arrogant), and Ines had no outstanding qualities.  However, I loved Albie, who was in so much pain.  I loved Esther who was so full of life.  I loved Sloane.  She was an angry, unwilling participant, and very unpredictable.  She was so unhappy with everything - mostly herself.  She didn't want to be a hero.  She didn't want to battle anymore.  She didn't want any more death.  Or maybe she did.  But she was so strong, so loyal, so likable. The book was divided into sections, which I thought may be cumbersome, but worked well.  The pace moved well, and the plot was really good.  Roth's ability at world-building was good. I am not sure where this is going as a series, but I will continue to follow.
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    Exciting and twisty with a hot romance!

    What happens to heroes after they save the world? How do they live normal lives after the evil is defeated, the battle is over, and there is no one left to fight? This premise intrigued me right off the bat. It’s such an interesting concept that I don’t think I’ve ever seen explored before (except maybe on Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy.) I loved the Divergent series and I was super excited to see what Roth would do for an adult audience. While this book had a slow start for me, when it hooked me I was HOOKED! There was a fairly long training section that was less than thrilling but everything turned around with the introduction of one specific character. I’m not going to spoil anything for you but know that if you are struggling at the beginning of this book keep reading because it gets really, really good! I’m generally not a fan of romance in my sci-fi/fantasy books. I want plot and action not characters making googly-eyes at each other. I was a little worried because the relationship in play at the beginning was of this variety and it was kind of dull and dispassionate. I did not like them together at all. I suppose it is a minor spoiler to say that this relationship is not endgame as it is quite clear that she doesn't really love him or want to be with him. The completely different relationship that develops in the second half though, holy moly I completely loved it. I NEVER love romances but this one was super-hot and exactly what I didn’t even know I wanted. It ended up being my favourite aspect of this entire book. I can't believe I just wrote that! The resolution was strange and unexpected. I have no idea where the story can go from here but there is a sequel and I’m intrigued. Truly, I just want more of the couple and more sexy times and I’ll take it any way I can get it. I’m fully here for the next book to the point that I’m already stalking Veronica Roth’s Goodreads page and social media accounts. I'm also fan-casting the potential movie in my head (Marie Avgeropoulos and Adam Driver if you are curious.) Please movie/TV gods make this happen and then just take all my money! Thank you to John Joseph Adams/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for providing an Electronic Advance Reader Copy via NetGalley for review.
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    Good but not great.

    I enjoyed the story but not as much as her other books. I liked the futuristic tone. I did not particularly like the ending. A solid science fiction drama.
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