Chosen Ones (The Lost Souls, #1)
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Chosen Ones (The Lost Souls #1)

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Life is bleak but uncomplicated for sixteen-year-old Tess, living in a not-too-distant future where the government, faced with humanity's extinction, created the Chosen Ones, artificial beings who are extraordinarily beautiful, unbelievably strong, and unabashedly deadly.

When Tess begins work at Templeton, a Chosen Ones training facility, she meets James, and the attracti...more
Paperback, 298 pages
Published June 12th 2012 by Entangled Publishing, LLC
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Sam
Despite the countless number of dystopian books I have read this year, not many have intrigued me with their premise as much as Chosen Ones. The concept of creating artificial beings that are, in a sense, super humans, both fascinates and excites me. A premise like that is enough to encourage me to pick up this book, but, unfortunately, the bar was perhaps set a little too high. Although Chosen Ones was a fairly enjoyable read, it wasn’t as brilliant as I had hoped.

Tess, our main character, is...more
Giselle
Chosen Ones brings us into a dark, dreary future where humans are near extinction, and these perfectly crafted humans, genetically enhanced for war and protection, have all the power. Almost.

When you create a dystopian or post-apocalyptic future, details, explanation, showing AND telling, can make a big different to allow readers to suspend disbelief. I found the future of the world in Chosen Ones imaginative and alarmingly foreseeable. However, I found myself a bit dissatisfied with the lack of...more
Kira
Jun 14, 2012 Kira marked it as to-read
STOP IT. DYSTOPIA IS NOT THE SAME AS POST-APOCALYPTIC. THIS IS POST-APOCALYPTIC. IT IS NOT DYSTOPIA. YOU ARE NOT HUXLEY. GIVE IT UP.

THIS IS THE REVIEW OF MUCH CAPS.

Diana (Mrs. Barrons)
Apr 08, 2012 Diana (Mrs. Barrons) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Diana (Mrs. Barrons) by: Author
This book kind of blew me away. In truth, at the beginning I didn't expect anything special. The book started a little slow, but it quickly picked up.

The heroine of this dystopian series is Tess, who has had so much stripped from her life that she's turned herself into an emotional shell to help herself cope. That is until she meets someone she shouldn't be associating with. A chosen one, but one that's different. Eventually she is forced to question everything. Her relationships with everyone a...more
Soumi
Sixteen years old Tess lives in a compound called Templeton what was once Western United States of America that had been wiped out after fourth world war. Women had mysteriously lost their ability to bring forth life, being pregnant is exactly like death sentence to them. Facing extinction of human race, government and scientist decided to create artificial lives with all beauty and strength as well as deadly, they will protect the naturals from war and enemy, and they are the chosen ones.
After...more
Cristina Buzoianu
After finishing a book like “Chosen Ones”, it’s extremely hard to gather my thoughts and place them in order. This is the kind of book that makes you forget your words when you try to write about it, or describe it to your friends, because the action and the descriptive scenes you’ll find in its pages are absolutely shocking!

At the end of the first two chapters I wanted to put the book down and completely stop reading it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s neither bad nor boring, but I couldn’t understan...more
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
This was a great dystopian novel! I would love to see it made into a movie! Tess tries to be tough and unfeeling, but her walls start to crumble after she meets James. She is a Natural, and he is a Chosen One. While the powers-that-be don't discourage contact between the Chosen Ones at Templeton and the Naturals working there, it is understood that any contact they may have is simply a physical relationship. That there can be no true feelings between the two. But let me back up.

When war has take...more
Amber
Chosen Ones, is deep, beautiful and intoxicating. Tiffany Truitt has a gift to communicate an emotional written story. This book was nothing short of AMAZING!

When I started chapter 1, my first thought was “disturbing.” They actually pulled out a branding iron to mark an innocent girl. She would be the one to carry out the term of servitude at Templeton. I immediately understood why Tess was the way she was. Any expressed emotions would result in some sort of discipline. I couldn’t ever imagine...more
Heather
Stark and powerful. You won't forget this book.
Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
That was so good! I need book 2 now. Omg I'm totally crying! Review to come.
Suzanne
World war 4 has decimated the United States. Tess lives in a compound in the West with a group of naturals. The Easterners and Westerners are constantly at war due to disagreements in the way to re-establish the country. Women can no longer have children and men are being killed at war. The government begin a Council of Creators to build a new race who will live on when the human race has died out. They are physically stronger and faster than humans (naturals), and they are trained to fight agai...more
Rimsa Ivashkov
3.5

It was an interesting idea for a book, but personally i dont think it was delivered in the best way. I though it was pretty unique and i havent really read anything else like it, so it was intriguing. I liked the world she created and the plot was interesting enough with a few twists and turns that i didnt see coming. The chosen ones were pretty cool and i enjoyed learning about them and all the secrets of their creation and the council.

However, i think it was some of the characters and thei...more
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
Another great book with an awesome kick ass character! The world that Truitt has created is dark and intense. Humans are basically slaves to the Chosen Ones, who were created to help humans. But somewhere along the way the Chosen Ones took over and want to make sure humans do not rise above them. When Tess is sent to Templeton to work there, she learns and witnesses what The Chosen Ones are really like. There were some scenes that left me with my mouth open. Some were raw and extreme. Tess stood...more
Jessica
I have to say that when I read the synopsis for Chosen Ones, I thought this was going to be some sort of typical Marxist text. Meaning, the obvious bourgeois would be overthrown by the proletariat, because what good dystopian novel doesn’t have this element within its plot? I was wrong.

In many ways this novel can be compared to The Hunger Games in its basic structure: an overpowering controlling Capitol or Council, an obsession with perfection and vanity, and the restriction of luxurious items...more
Xzellaz
I have mixed feelings about this one. I'd say more like a 3 stars because despite I loved it I can't deny its flaws.
Plot
I love dystopians. The world each author creates is unique. I have to say that I felt a Cassandra Clare influence on this one. The names, music, the books. Whatever, in narrating its quite different so those little details don't matter. This kind of futures described in books scare more than I care to admit. When I read, I let the story absorb me into its endless abyss and I l...more
Brenna
Chosen Ones is a rather ambitious book as it seeks to tackle a number of questions and ideas, while introducing readers to an unfamiliar, disturbing future world. This is an ugly, bitter place to live in, particularly for women. And in this setting, Tiffany sets out to explore some fascinating concepts.

But I found the book to be perhaps TOO ambitious, so that it fell short for me as the first book in a series. I had really hoped for a stronger presentation in regards to themes and dangerous adve...more
Nereyda Gonzalez
I received an ARC of this book months ago for this blog tour. Unfortunately, the book release date and blog tour got pushed back and so I put off reading it until closer to the blog tour date. Now after reading this book, I really wish I would have read it as soon as I got my hands on it! Dystopias used to be one of my favorite genres, unfortunately a big problem I had with them was that they were at times too bleak and depressing and most of them didn’t focus on a love relationship (which is a...more
Julia Graf
Eh this was ok. Started off good and I was expecting greatness, but then it sort of turned into a mediocre run-of-the-mill dystopia storyline. Tess is born into a world where humans are artificially created to be stronger and better than naturally born humans, so as to protect humanity from "the enemy". It was never even explained who the enemy was, or any details given on the war that was supposed to be raging on. These artificial humans - known as Chosen Ones - are the upper class elite, while...more
Pixie
You can also find my review at The Bookaholic

When I first participated in the cover reveal of Chosen Ones and read the blurb for this upcoming YA Dystopian, I had a deep sense that I was going to like it--it was just a gut feeling, I guess you could say, and it held high expectations from that point on while I eagerly awaited to read.

It did not disappoint. Not only did it meet my high expectations that I had established from the blurb and excitement for wanting to read this story, but it went a...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Rating* 4.0
*Genre* Dystopian

*Review based on the ARC*

"You must face your fears in order to conquer them."

An interesting story with such a dark premise that it makes books like the Hunger Games seem tame in comparison. Here you have a society that has all but destroyed itself in an East vs West Civil War and a so called Fourth World War between nations that killed millions via nuclear bombs. The US survivors have all but given up their freedom and are living in so called compounds because there...more
Liz
Jun 15, 2012 Liz rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: meh
Mehhh. This book was so meh I don't even have quippy insults to throw at it.

It's just... kinda forgettable? It had a good premise, too, with these cylons coming around and saving things, and then the whole world is all "OMG ROBOTS FOREVER, DIE HUMANS!" and such. But instead we just get this meh book that has a really unpleasant treatment of women. I mean, obviously that's the point, but it still just creeps me out.

I'm not sure what it is, but lately every time I pick out a book without reading a...more
Danielle Barclay
This is definitely a coming of age story for Tess. As I read it I felt like I was waking up from a dream. This one made my heart skip a beat a few times. It was intense and powerful. I'm still mulling over how to describe it. It does have that Hunger Games premise but it's not flashy; it's darker, haunting. This is a fantastic debut that will appeal to a broad audience, I can't wait for more!
Marielle Clément
May 10, 2014 Marielle Clément rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Delirium fans ― people who love post-apocalyptic worlds
I picked this book out of no-where because it was on a table at my school's library. I wasn't expecting much of it because I'd never heard of Tiffany Truitt or off her books... and not knowing what people thought of this series probably was a good thing because I got to make an opinion of my own.

I also decided to review the first book out of no-where (I had reviewed briefly the second book and therefore thought that reviewing the first was now useless, oh well...)

I really liked it. It's the kin...more
Erin
This was really just okay for me. I don't know how well this series will do, because I feel like I've read so many dystopians similar to it and I didn't connect with the heroine at all. This was kind of like a cross between Delirium, Exceptional, and Unwind, with concepts from all three present and making me feel like I've read this already. Elite beings are made to fight a war for the humans (that I'm still not clear on the details of, even after reading the book), and everyday humans, who are...more
Kayleigh {K-Books}
Chosen Ones Review on K-Books

"Emotional entanglements only led to physical tresspasses. We, humans, were weak. We couldn't be trusted with our emotions."


Chosen Ones completely blew me away. The debut novel from Tiffany Truitt just made me fall in love with this new dystopian society and I could not stop reading. When I saw the cover to this book I instantly fell in love and couldn't wait to read it. Who wouldn't looking at that cover? It's beautiful. When I read the blurb and found out it was a...more
Traci (The Reading Geek)
I really enjoyed Chosen Ones and finished this book rather quickly. Set in a dystopian future, women can no longer carry children and artificial humans, Chosen Ones, are being created. Tess is sent to work at Templeton where the Chosen Ones train. However while she is there she meets James, a Chosen One who is different from the others.

I really liked Tess from the beginning because she is tough and trying to survive. I enjoyed learning more about her childhood and her family because it helped e...more
Jessi (Reading in the Corner)
In a literature landscape inundated with dystopian stories, it takes a special story to shine among the bestsellers and the hype. For me, Chosen Ones is a story that I believe holds its own and shines with its beautiful writing and unique take on genetic engineering and the future we could someday encounter.

It was madness. Sitting there in that room, so close to music. If this was a test, I was going to fail. I couldn't help it. I would rather receive another slash mark than give up touching the
...more
Anjana
Tess lives in a dystopian world where most women are barren and having a child means death. Since they're not useful for anything else, women basically played the role of slaves for the 'Chosen Ones' - genetically engineered/man-made boys who are the perfect soldiers. They're better than humans in every way and have no imperfections.
According to the counsel, the Chosen Ones were made for the purpose of protecting the naturals from war and any harm, but Tess knows that they can be cruel too. In f...more
Trisha Wolfe
I’m still kind of reeling over that ending. Wow. It definitely left me craving more, and I’m looking forward to where Truitt takes this series. The first chapter completely took me by surprise. I’ve read many, so so many Dystopians, and I’m always prepared for the bleak, dreary world and oppressors which govern it. But the raw and gruesome display of power by the Chosen Ones in the first chapter gripped me, and I was sucked into this hellish world where emotions are signs of weakness and humans...more
Ellen
Chosen Ones is set in a post-apocalyptic world where the United States has become divided after a great war, one of the after effects being that few if any women are able to give birth to children and if they become pregnant, it is pretty much a death sentence for them. Tess knows the rules, "Emotional entanglements only lead to physical trespasses. We humans, were weak. We couldn't be trusted with our emotions. The female is dangerous because of her natural tendency to embrace humans' emotional...more
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Tiffany Truitt was born in Peoria, Illinois. A self-proclaimed Navy brat, Tiffany spent most of her childhood living in Virginia, but don’t call her a Southerner. She also spent a few years living in Cuba. Since her time on the island of one McDonalds and Banana Rats (don't ask), she has been obsessed with traveling. Tiffany recently added China to her list of travels (hello inspiration for a new...more
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