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Chosen (The Lost Books #1)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  6,018 ratings  ·  381 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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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
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 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
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
Simon Taylor
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)
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
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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
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.
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
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
Darin Mcgrane
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
Jonah Powell
I enjoyed this book because it was action packed and the adventure never stopped. The main character, Johnis, a forest dweller; has to bath in the water of Elyon to stay away from the disease. If you don’t bath in the water, you turn into part of the horde, enemies of the forest dwellers. Thomas Hunter, the leader of all the forests, needs more troops so they lower the age to join the guard. He also needs four new recruits to lead.
So they play a game, Johnis has to take the horde hair ball and
OK, I don't get all of the negative reviews that this book has received. Alright, it isn't the best book I have ever read, but it certainly wasn't the worst.
Overall, I actually found the writing style quite refreshing. There are too many authors writing with the same style nowadays, and to find a well written fantasy book written in third person was amazing.
JOHNIS- Johnis was a different sort of hero. It is odd to find a hero with no sort of over-the-top skill (Johnis is a poet). I fo
Sarah Carpenter
I'm sorry, but this book was rubbish. I saw the whole series at my library without knowing anything about it except that I recognized the author. So I thought, whatever, I'll try it. It sounded interesting anyway. It was painful getting through the 260 pages of the first book, and I will NOT be wasting my time on the other three. I wouldn't have even finished the first one if not for my OCD for finishing books no matter how bad it is. The entire story was utterly flat. When the "climax" occured ...more
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,
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
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
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.
Randy Tramp
The Book:
Thomas Hunter is the supreme commander of the Forest Guard. His army has seen great war and now the commander it forced to supplement his fighters with teenagers.
Thomas doesn't know but the chosen four are redirected to a different endgame. They are tasked with finding the seven lost Books of History. The journey begins.

My Thoughts:
With much symbology this book has a deeper meaning. One that touches eternity. Teens, Johnis, Billos, Darsal and Silvie go on a journey, an adventure that c
Jan 01, 2015 Pamela rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
This is the first book I've read by Ted Dekker and I enjoyed it. This is a young adult SCI-FI / Fantasy book and I finished it in a couple of hours. I really liked the tale and the characters. I will agree that it is not the best writing I have come across (choppy, short sentences and some that seemed to go nowhere) but it did not deter from the story and the adventure. I do want to continue this adventure at some point because I'd like to find out how Johnis, Silvie, Billos, and Darcel mature a ...more
I picked this up on a whim. I have read Black: The Birth of Evil and remember really enjoying it. I wanted to read the trilogy, but never got around to doing this. Now I am going to have to make that a priority. Chosen is a YA novel that is in the same world as the Protagonist, Thomas in Black. This book was fast paced and with an ending that encourages you to pick up the next one. Highly enjoyable.
Jamie Ruppert
This is a fun book to get lost in. The images seem prehistoric while the story takes place 4000 years in the future. The earth has become a scorched reflection of what it once was. Only several forests and lakes still exist. For those who don't live in the forest, a living hell of scabs and sunburn leave them plagued and destined to be "The Horde". One sixteen year old boy finds that he is the chosen one destined to lead his people in battle against the forces of evil. Evil exists and war threat ...more
This is a YA book, I believe. The characters are interesting. The book isn't nearly as gory or disturbing as Ted Dekker's normal novels, which is a plus for me since I can be very freaked out by horror. And I did enjoy the book. There was sufficient suspense to keep me wanting to finish reading it. I liked the bats.

But that's pretty much all the good I can say about it. Now for negatives. There may be spoilers ahead, depending on what your definition of a .
The theme isn't quite as good as his b
Full of action and adventure, Ted Dekker's books never fail to deliver. There is a slight minor plot that involves romance, but the major plot is full of adventure, excitement, and fighting.

There is also some comic relief present in the form of the rouch, Michal and Gabil.

I also like the Christian allegories that are present. Most of the time, these allegories are very subtle. One of the main allegories is to God through Elyon who is the loving God in this series. Although there are Christian al
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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
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
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
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
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