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Chosen (The Lost Books #1)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  7,217 Ratings  ·  454 Reviews
Think with your heart and prepare to die for you have been chosen.

The land of the Forest Dwellers has been decimated by the Horde under the watchful eye of the vilest of all creatures, Teeleh. Thomas Hunter, supreme commander of the Forest Guard, is forced to lower the recruitment age of his army from 18 to 16. From among thousands, four new recruits are chosen to lead--an
Hardcover, 260 pages
Published December 15th 2007 by Thomas Nelson
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Camly Nguyen
Jan 19, 2016 Camly Nguyen rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Plot wise,it's meh, not really much going on for most part of book. We start off with a group of kids being chosen and sent on a mission into retrieve a cactus but some magical bats appear and tell them to find these special books instead. So they go off in the desert to find these books and hope to not get caught by the Horde (bad zombies?). A bit of negotiation and fighting in the end. Bleh. Not very special, but light and somewhat entertaining.

I understand that this was a kids book a
Jan 07, 2009 P. rated it it was ok
Shelves: yyay
The writing is clumsy (such as "The question is whether or not you've lost the few peanuts contained in that container above your shoulders" p. 109, and "he knew he would die if he let those finger/claws touch him" p. 144). I get annoyed when writers take a lot of time writing out endless bickering dialogue but can't be bothered to write out the non-bickering dialogue and instead put a summarizing paragraph in place of it. The kids in the cohort were much stupider than they needed to be consider ...more
Becky B
Sep 13, 2012 Becky B rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Middle school & high school Christian fantasy fans
I read a LOT of YA fiction since I'm a school media center specialist (fancy name for librarian) and I feel like it's a sad statement about the quality of Christian YA available out there that this book has gotten such good reviews. Measuring it next to all YA available out there, this book would be in the low middle of quality, but measured against other Christian YA, it is sadly towards the top. We need more Christian YA that is not just good for Christians, but good quality literature in gene ...more
Simon Taylor
May 11, 2014 Simon Taylor rated it liked it
I strongly recommend reading the Circle Saga first to get a proper understanding of the setting of Chosen.

Chosen, the first of the Lost Books series, is a midquel set between Black and Red, the first and second instalments of the Circle Saga (read 2006-2007). Hunter is reduced to a supporting role with four new recruits to the Forest Guard – sixteen year olds Johnis, Bilios, Sylvie and Darsal – taking centre stage. On an initiation task, they are accosted by one of the Roush (allegorical angels)
Tilmer Jr.
May 26, 2015 Tilmer Jr. rated it really liked it
Ted Dekker is one of "those" authors. By "those" I mean he falls into that category where people either really love his work or they can't stand it. I have to say I am a fan. I like Dekker. I think he writes compelling fiction that refuses to let go of your mind until you get to the end of the story. That very feature is why I give this work four stars rather than five. It's a great story. You won't want to put it down. The trouble is that the universe of which this volume is a part is vast. You ...more
Jul 26, 2009 Amanda rated it it was ok was not exceptionally written in as much as the words and sentences were very simpleton and there was no figurative language or devices or even phrases, catches, not even a sentence that stood out. Was it written for a younger age audience? I think it was in the teen section, but the combination of fantasy characters, shallow depth level involved (as far as romance or emotion - other than action), and pedestrian choreography of the sentences made it seem more directed toward lower age ...more
May 27, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fantasy
This awas kind of dreadful. Geeky but smart teenager Johnis is made leader of the new group of Forest Guard in a community where water is life and the desert holds the Horde - a group of diseased peoples whose desire is to destroy the forest dwellers and make them like themselves. Johnis goes on a quest across the desert with his reluctant fellow teens and start a quest for a number of books that will control the world. But they have to find them before the Dark One does. Fuzzy angels and evil b ...more
Samantha Boyette
Mar 05, 2012 Samantha Boyette rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
So apparently I was very confused reading this book, because I thought it was a sequel to the Land of Elyon books by Patrick Carman. Apparently Elyon is a well known name for God, who knew? All the same, this book was pretty good.

The book follows four teenagers as they quest to prove that they are worthy of being new leaders of the forest guard against evil beings known as the horde. Yes, the four of them are very stereotypical as many people have said, with the main character being the smart, q
Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Krystal

At first glance Chosen reminded me of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings or Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle, but I was sorely mistaken.

Chosen, the first in The Lost Books series, spans the fifteen year gap between the Circle Trilogy’s Black and Red books. Whether you have or haven’t read the Circle Trilogy doesn’t matter though because The Lost Books stand alone as intriguing tales of good versus evil.

Dekker throws us into a world much like our o
Aug 02, 2011 Taylor rated it it was ok
Well, where do I start? I'll start with the good things. The book was easy to understand and descriptive enough. Mostly I just loved the little white bat things, because I found them amusing.
But there is a list of bad things I found in this book. Firstly, the plot was ridiculously slow, and I found myself only reading it when there wasn't anything else to do. When you read the description of this book, you expect a violent, action-packed story. Well in this I was dissapointed with the lack of e
Apr 15, 2008 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: YA bookclubs
This was an amazing story. I read it straight through. Couldn't put it down. It reminded me of the Song Of Albion series written by Stephen Lawhead in the mid 1990s. I loved the premise, the plot, the action, the emotion. It was amazing. And those characters were in perilous situations so often it was downright thrilling. I love it when situations seem hopeless, but then something happens to turn it around. But like life, it's never easy. Love isn't easy, nor is faith, not when the facts tell yo ...more
Darin Mcgrane
Sep 15, 2014 Darin Mcgrane rated it really liked it
I recently read this book over the summer and i thought it was very intresting. its about a world so close to ours, but still not in our time. Elyon is like the supreme ruler in the sky and his most beutiful creature that he created was called telleh (he let it go to his head) This book is about the four chosen ones that, out of all of the forest dwellers, are pick by Elyon to save the world from telleh and the dark one. This book is the first of a series that is awsome and turns form a routine ...more
Melissa Darnold
So, rereading this book, it really does feel like How to Train a Dragon, just without dragons. At least in the beginning of it. Johnis is a wonderfully flawed character that you immediately latch onto. He's our hero in this world and I fully trusted him to take me on this journey of discovery and redemption. I was only a little weary of it because I'd just finished the Circle Saga and I don't know if anyone can be better than Thomas Hunter. In any case, Johnis began his journey with his friends ...more
Jun 04, 2011 BGirl rated it did not like it
Shelves: yawn
Wow, I couldn't even finish this. Not because it was boring or anything, it just was terribly written. Ugh, just terrible. It jumped all over the place, there was really no background to the story. Just bad. My policy is if it's still bad and I'm a fourth of the way through, ditch it. That's what I did. Why waste my time on something I know isn't going to get any better? Advice to the author, no ones going to finish a book with a bad beginning.
Apr 26, 2015 Daniel rated it it was amazing
In my opinion this book was incredible. If you are a fan of fantasy type novels such as the Percy Jackson books, this would be up your alley, minus the Greek and Roman gods. It is a cool twist of good versus evil. The main gist is that a group of kids are chosen to find a set of books and go through severe circumstances on their way to retrieving the first. I highly recommend this book, especially if you are into good versus evil with a twist.
May 31, 2012 ♥Kel rated it liked it
Shelves: was-good
I liked this book, the action and mystery was good. And the romance was okay, i wish Ted Dekker went into more depth of the character's love stories, that would of been great :) But the story line was good.
Mar 26, 2014 Tammy rated it it was ok
Okay... This book was a bit weird for me. It started off really strong. It was fast paced, and interesting, and this strange post-apocalyptic society they were living in was fresh after the twisting cities and politics and cunning people and back sliding from all the other books that I'd been reading before this. But I did end up having a few issues with the book.

1. The clear black and white, good vs evil
It was waaaaaaaaay too cut and dry for my tastes. At every single turn and any opportunity,
Brittany Chase
Mar 02, 2017 Brittany Chase rated it did not like it
The storyline was interesting but the writing, particularly the character writing and dialogue, was very clunky.
Dec 20, 2016 Audra rated it it was amazing
LOVE the Chosen series.
Emjen Enla
The Lost Books # 1: Chosen by Ted Dekker
“Just because most people can’t see a reality doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.”
Stars: 3.5 (it was okay)
Rating: PG
Genre: Fantasy
Things you might what to know about before you read: none really
POV: 3rd person, part tense
Viewpoint Character(s): Johnis, Qurong, Thomas Hunter, Silvie, Darsal, Billos, Gabil

Shelves this book made:
3rd Person YA: Young Adult novels written in the 3rd person
Books that Should Have Been Better: Books that had the potential to be reall
Jan 20, 2017 Heather rated it really liked it
This is my first Dekker book and I thought it was really good. It is simple and easy to follow great for middle school age. I'm glad I bought it as a box set so I can continue on this year. It was a quick read with Humor and adventure. I can see the outline of the good and evil from Dekker's beliefs.
Dec 31, 2008 Lacy rated it liked it
Johnis' world has been all but destroyed by a terrible plague that turned the land to desert and most of the people into the disease-ravaged Horde. Only the seven forests surrounding the seven lakes protect the Forest Dwellers from the same fate. Because of the Horde's constant attacks on the forests, the leader of the Forest Dwellers, Thomas Hunter, has been forced to lower the recruitment age for the Forest Guard to 16.

Johnis wasn't chosen to be one of the thousand new recruits to the Forest G
Mar 03, 2017 Kevin rated it it was ok
I picked up this book from my brothers closet because I had nothing else to read (I read about every single book in my house) And I was Expecting a good fantasy story. I was ripped off. even though I read a lot of fantasy and mythology but this is a bit too much, I mean white fuzzy bats? Rouge from Sonic? WNS all over the body? and also, the Horde? Unbreakable with Samuel L. Jackson? this is like one of my favorite genres, video games from a child, and movies all rolled up into one not so good b ...more
Jan 04, 2010 Krystal109 rated it liked it
Book 1: The Lost Books

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Feb 28, 2017 Tori rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this series! Dekker does an amazing job with the suspense.
Charlotte Jones
Jun 29, 2012 Charlotte Jones rated it it was amazing
This was another book that I picked up at the library the other day just because the cover was so intriguing and also the tagline, "think with your heart and prepare to die for you have been chosen" really drew me in. Chosen is the first in the Lost Book series, so the first of four.

"The chosen four are sent on a quest to prove their character, but their mission takes a drawmatic turn when they are intercepted, sworn to secrecy, and redirected to a different endgame. Now they must find the seve
Keilah R
Feb 03, 2013 Keilah R rated it it was amazing
By: Ted Dekker
262 pages
Finished 2-1-13

The novel, "Chosen," by Ted Dekker, is about a sixteen year old boy, named Johnis, who is chosen by Thomas Hunter, the commander of the Forest Guard. He is one of the four new recruits chosen to be a lieutenant and help lead the fighters of the Forest Guard against their enemy, the Horde. The Horde are a people who live in the desert consumed by a painful disease that only the waters of Elyon can heal, which are in the seven forests, where the
Amber Beasley
Pretty good, but not great.
For anyone who has read the original Circle series, this takes place between Black and Red. There is a 15 year gap in the middle of those two books and this pretty much explains a lot of what happened in that time span from the point of view of a very special teenager.
Now I loved the original Circle series, but I find this one rather boring. I think it is because of two reasons.
A. it is in the young adult genre and thus geared towards - you guessed it - young adults
May 21, 2012 May rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The Forest Dwellers are at war with the Horde, evil, diseased creatures who live in the desert. But the Horde outnumber the Forest Dwellers, 400,000 to 10,000, so the Forest Dwellers are forced to drop the recruitment age to 16. When this happens, the commander chooses four of the new recruits to become leaders. But some odd fluke, Johnis becomes one of those leaders. Despite the fact that he'd already been dismissed. The other leaders think he's a joke, so when they are given a mission, they re ...more
Jan 11, 2010 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are a lot of things I could say about this book, not the least of which that I read it in two and a half hours. The first book I've ever finished by Ted Dekker, I was easily swept into the story and enjoyed thoroughly the elements of adventure and mystery.
I haven't read (well, I should say *finished*) any other books by Dekker, which, I think, actually hindered my complte understanding of the story, something I plan to remedy as soon as I can get the library (and find some free time :P)
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Ted Dekker is known for novels that combine adrenaline-laced stories with unexpected plot twists, unforgettable characters, and incredible confrontations between good and evil. Ted lives in Austin with his wife LeeAnn and their four children.
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“Will you follow me, Darsal? Will you Silvie? Will you both follow me to hell and back because two fuzzy white bats told me you should?” 39 likes
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