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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. Th
Hardcover, 260 pages
Published December 15th 2007 by Thomas Nelson
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Tessa
Jan 13, 2009 Tessa rated it 2 of 5 stars
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
Amanda
Well...it 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
Jennifer
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
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...more
Migdalia
For those who have read Piers Anthony's Apprentice Adept series, the idea is a familiar one: The protagonist falls asleep in one world and by this method he awakens in another. However, this book covers a much more serious topic: the destruction of the world by means of germ warfare and the consequences for future generations. (Yes, there is a little bit of a reminder of the Planet of the Apes, too. Get over it.) Dekker is a very good writer, and the characters are also well developed, their act...more
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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...more
Michelle
Apr 19, 2008 Michelle rated it 5 of 5 stars 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
Taylor
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...more
Tammy
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,...more
BGirl
Jun 05, 2011 BGirl rated it 1 of 5 stars
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.
Rebecca Smucker
In a world that is apparently a far-future version of our own, a disease has drained the planet of most of its water and life. There are seven lakes where people still maintain a semblance of a normal existence, but the people who live here are only a fraction of the remaining humans. The ones who aren't Forest People and don't live around the lakes have skin diseases which affect the brain. These disease-ridden multitudes are known as the Horde and their goal is to wipe the lakes off the planet...more
15vincents
The book Chosen by Ted Dekker tells of a land, way in the future somewhere in 4,000 AD in which forests once conquered the lands under the lord Elyon (Their God). But about 15 years ago, Telleh turned all but seven forests into plagued deserts in such a way that you would turn into a scab if not careful to bathe every day. These scabbed humans become the worshippers of Telleh, there one goal to destroy the forest. The high priest has something else in mind though, find the original books of his...more
Tabi {Don't think~Just write~Tell a story}
Finally finished this book. I don't know if I'm going to read the second just yet, because it took me like a month to read this one. And for those who know me, that's a pretty long time. Usually I zip through books the same way I eat chocolate - fast and lots of it!

Not saying that this wasn't a bad book, or that it was horrible. It's hard to explain, but I can pretty much just sum it up by saying it just didn't grab at me. Yeah it was interesting, but not enough to hold me for very long, hence t...more
Katie W
Johnis, a forest dweller, is unexpectedly appointment to the Forest Guard after an epic intro scene. A quest with three comrades to further prove their merits in their new positions soon escalates to more dire and weighty challenges. I always appreciate stories of unlikely heroes. I found myself liking the main character at some points and at other times finding him rather annoying, but that made him all the more relatable / human. I enjoyed listening to this book and look forward to the rest of...more
Brian
So I wasn't sure what to expect from this first book in the "Lost Books" series because I had understood it to be more directed at the young adult (YA) audience, which at 41, I definitely am not. However, I have enjoyed the Harry Potter and Hunger Games series which were also directed at the YA segment and I'm reading the entire Circle experience right now and the events in the first four books take place between Black and Red. You could easily read them after Green and be fine, but I wanted to...more
Deborah Sloan
Chosen (The Lost Books, Book 1) (The Books of History Chronicles)
I often pick up books to read from my teen grandchildren because we have some of the same interest in reading material. Fantasy is a big genre for us and Ted Dekker has several series out that meet all the requirements for a good read for all of us. The Lost Books series is just one of those.

Chosen is book one of The Lost Books series by Ted Dekker detailing an alternate world of fantasy where humans(Green Forest dwellers) battle H...more
Resistance is Futile
Johnis was disappointed, but relieved, when he was deemed "too small" to fight in the Forest Guard against the evil Horde. However, due to a chance encounter, the supreme leader Thomas Hunter chooses Johnis as one of his four new captains of the Forest Guard. He, and the 3 other new teenaged captains, are sent out on a mission to prove themselves. They end up proving a lot more than Hunter bargained for. Chosen is the first book in a young adult spin-off series from Ted Dekker's popular series C...more
Elizabeth
When the age restriction for the Forest Guard, an elite army of warriors sworn to defend Eleon’s people, is moved from 18 to 16, Johnis, Silvie, Billos and Darsal are among the new recruits. Their first mission as a team: to bring four catalina cacti back from the edge of the desert, home to their forest; destroying the enemy, should any of the Horde cross their path. This one “simple” task becomes complicated when Johnis, a chosen one, is made aware of a true quest that he and his friends were...more
Lacy
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...more
May
May 23, 2012 May rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
Jill Williamson
In a grassy stadium field, twelve of the forest’s strongest and bravest young fighters compete to determine who will be the four new squad leaders to serve with Forest Guard commander, Thomas Hunter. Johnis watches with his father from the sidelines as the twelve play this game called football, impressed with the strength of the contestants, but not their wit.

When the ball rolls into the audience and up to Johnis’ feet, he hides it, rather than throw it back out. Thomas urges the contestants to...more
Keenan
The Chosen by Ted Dekker

Chosen is a young adult book by New York Times best selling author Ted Dekker.

In the book a boy named Johnis, along with three others are chosen to become one of the Forest Guard; the people who protect the forests from the deadly Horde, the diseased people who have sworn to destroy the forests and the forest dwellers within. Their mission, however, takes a serious turn when they are intercepted, sworn to secrecy by an old protector and are given a new mission to find the...more
Amy
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)
Th...more
Charlotte Jones
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...more
Joe
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Spenser
Chosen By Ted Dekker- A review.

Chosen is a part of the Books of History chronicles, which is a spin off of the Circle Trilogy. It fills in the fifteen year gap between Black and Red, which in my opinion it is a mandatory gap to fill. There are six books in the books of history chronicles, starting with Chosen, The Infidel, Renegade, Chaos, Lunatic, and last Elyon. Now take the first letter of all the books and it spells out CIRCLE. Pretty neat, huh? Anyway, the book is about a possy that consis...more
Donovan
Overall, this was a good read. I noticed it in the Christian fiction section of a bookstore with the rest of the series associated with this book. I have noticed that other places have it categorized in Teen/Young Adult fiction. This would explain the quick read together with its low page count.

The book follows the adventures of 4 newly chosen members of the New Guard (army) of a group of forest dwellers as they go on their first adventure. The four range in age from 16 to 17, so it is a story t...more
Melissa
I am going to start my review by simply saying that I am a huge fan of Dekker's The Books of History Chronicles. These books can be read by any age group and still be enjoyable to all. I have found myself thinking that these books question our morals as human beings and weather or not we make the right decision more often than not. "Chosen" is a good example of putting all of your faith into something, even though at first appearance many may think you are making a bad decision. Another tone: If...more
Becky B
Sep 24, 2012 Becky B rated it 2 of 5 stars 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
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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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