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Chosen Ones

(The Lost Souls #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  3,089 ratings  ·  257 reviews
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 attractio ...more
Paperback, 298 pages
Published June 12th 2012 by Entangled Publishing, LLC
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Dec 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, arc
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
Courtney Wells
A dismal dystopia that will appeal to anyone who enjoyed the stifling sterility of Matched as well as social inequality and injustice of The Hunger Games. By no mean take this to mean that I'm trying to compare Chosen Ones to those other popular series or suggest it's a knock off in anyway, I'm merely hoping to give readers and enthusiasts of the genre an overview to consider coming into this book.

Chosen Ones isn't trying to sell any fantasy about dystopia. There's no pretty face hiding an uglie
Diana Stormblessed
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Diana Stormblessed 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
Jan 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Dec 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Cristina Buzoianu
Mar 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-paranormal
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
Aug 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen
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
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Why couldn't this be a better written book? ...more
Rimsa Ivashkov
Jan 22, 2012 rated it liked it

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
Dec 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Stark and powerful. You won't forget this book. ...more
Jan 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
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
Dec 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
Dec 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-dac
That was so good! I need book 2 now. Omg I'm totally crying! Review to come. ...more
Dec 20, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: e-galley
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 adv
Apr 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
*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
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
Dec 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, dystopia
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
Nereyda (Nick & Nereyda's Infinite Booklist)
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
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Dec 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
3.5 to 4 Stars!
Even though this one sort of gives off vibes of the Delirium Series by Lauren Oliver it pulled me right into the story and after a few pages I could tell that while yes, there were some similarities, this really was its own beast. Completely different.

I don't know what I was expecting but an epic love story was not one of them. I loved Tess. She was so strong and brave and even a little bit fierce not to mention lonely, confused and struggling so much with her inner self. I couldn
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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
This book was sad. But then, how many dystopians can you actually say were happy. This is a story that felt hopeless most of the way through, until about a quarter left and then the resistance wasfinally came out. The resistance that was in the story was the one thing I was not sure about. I couldn't tell for sure who was in it, what they were doing, and if they would even appear in this book. But they finally did, and that is what made me excited for the sequel.

Tess is a 16 year old girl that s
Feb 18, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Feb 05, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Trisha Wolfe
Dec 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopia
I really liked the book, Exceptional, and this story reminds me of it. We have Tess, a lowly human, and even worse, a woman, who gets thrown into the clutches of James, the "Chosen One" - meaning a superman, clone created to save the world, but is better than the humans. Love is forbidden and considered a weakness. Women are stricken with a disease that causes them and their babies to die if they get pregnant, so sex is looked down upon. Humans and Chosen Ones cannot have relationships. Of cours ...more
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Danielle Barclay
Dec 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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!
Valia Lind
Feb 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Seriously would like book 2 now!
Kayleigh {K-Books}
Dec 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopia
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"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 wa
Mar 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
3.5/5 stars.

Chosen Ones is a book that's been on my radar for some time, so when I was asked to review it as part of the pre-release tour for Naturals, I immediately jumped at the chance. And while it did take a while for me to warm up to our main character, and get completely engrossed in the story, I ultimately came away from Chosen Ones quite satisfied, and eager to see what comes next.

As with most dystopian books, Chosen Ones tells the tale of a US that's been decimated by a third World War
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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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