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Chosen (The Lost Books #1)

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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. 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 30, 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 13, 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 24, 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
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
Adriana Gabrielle
Apr 08, 2016 Adriana Gabrielle rated it did not like it
Marked as a DNF. I was really hoping I would have liked this book. I found with one of Ted Dekker's other series that the first book was great but from there I didn't finish the series just because it wasn't enjoyable. This book on the other hand I couldn't even finish. I did not enjoy it at all but I made myself read to about page 90 (giving it more of a chance than my 50 page 'rule' thing.) but yeah, sadly this book kinda dragged on and I found it to be quite confusing. just couldn't connect o ...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)
Samantha Boyette
Mar 09, 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
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.
Apr 19, 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
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
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
Miriam Miles
Jan 15, 2016 Miriam Miles rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone, particularly those who like fantasy that's not overtly supernatural
For my reading challenge this year, I decided to start with something light, fantasy and not too long. I rummaged through our stack of books that my teenage sons have now discarded and found this Ted Dekker book.

I really just read this at night and it took me 8 days but it could easily be consumed in a couple of days with longer sittings. The chapters are relatively short, making it a perfect, chapter in a sitting read.

The story is filled with imagery and just enough adventure and tension for
Jonah Powell
Jan 28, 2015 Jonah Powell rated it really liked it
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
Jan 15, 2015 Anna rated it really liked it
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
Mar 30, 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,
Jun 05, 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.
Rebecca Smucker
Jan 27, 2014 Rebecca Smucker rated it did not like it
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
May 13, 2016 Nahom rated it liked it
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The first of a 6 book fantasy series. Set in the far far far future.

It's a dystopian setting where there are deserts filled with people afflicted with a disease that corrupts their skin, and their mind. Then you have these forested areas surrounding lakes which contain special healing waters that keep the sickness at bay.

Both sets of people think the others are the sick ones. The desert people want to eradicate the forest people. The forest people just want to be left alone.

You've got your ba
Mar 11, 2016 Hambone rated it it was amazing
Chosen by Ted Dekker is another very good book, that ends in a cliffhanger, so I would suggest having the second book on hand for when you finish. Chosen is a fantasy book set in a forest that has to fight against the Horde, who are people who want to destroy the forests and the special water within them that keeps the people from turning into the Horde. The protagonist in this book is sent on a mission with four other leaders that are needed for the fight against the Horde. On this journey he m ...more
Jan 15, 2014 15vincents rated it it was amazing
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
Nicole Smith
Jul 13, 2015 Nicole Smith rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, reviews
This was a really good book. I read it rather quickly. It starts out with Johnis who lives in a forest in a mythical world where there are only green forests and sandy deserts. Or so everyone thinks. In this desert lives the Horde, who are the enemies of these forest people. They are evil and want nothing more to make everyone in the forests like them, with scaly, stinking skin that hurts when they move. The forest people can be turned into these Horde by not bathing in certain lakes of water th ...more
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.
Apr 08, 2016 Ginny rated it really liked it
This review is of the audio book.
The Lost Books have been on my radar for a long time. I've read several of Dekker's books, including Black, White, etc. I had no idea that they were related, and now I wonder how many books he has woven into this series. And 'woven' is indeed the correct term. This 'series' is not light reading, but it is compelling, for certain. I love the fantasy sci-fi genre, and Dekker is a master.
One suggestion is to not wait too long between books. The more detail you can
Randy Tramp
Mar 17, 2015 Randy Tramp rated it really liked it
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
This was an imaginative story, especially with the bats. I felt like the writing was weak, though, and the characters were flat. It certainly moved fast enough to keep me reading to the end, but for the most part the plot just wasn't reasonable. (view spoiler) ...more
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