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The Chosen

(Contender #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  167 ratings  ·  74 reviews
Introducing an epic new trilogy from Taran Matharu, author of the New York Times–bestselling Summoner series.

Throughout history, people have vanished with no explanation. A group of teenagers are about to discover why.

Cade is settling into a new boarding school, contemplating his future, when he finds himself transported to another realm. He soon discovers their new world
368 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Feiwel and Friends
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Sasha Alsberg
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Y’all! I NEED TO GUSH ABOUT THIS BOOK. It was my favorite read of this year so far.
I was lucky enough to read it before release and I have been clamoring for the next book since (I don’t want to wait a year!)
Cade is sent on an epic journey through an unfamiliar landscape with friends and foes alike where they have to discover the mystery as to where they went and how to get back home. We get epic historical details about artifacts and people lost in time, DINOSAURS(!!!), kick ass girls, an anci
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
The Chosen turned out to be a bit crazier than I thought, a good kind of crazy though!

To be honest, I'm not sure if I dreamed I read this book because it was different to me than what the summary of the book says it's about. Don't get me wrong, there is some crazy universe these kids get taken to but what I read wasn't about a boarding school, it was about prison...... Am I the one that went to an alternate universe?

Anyway.. when Cade and some of the boys were getting transferred from the pris
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The Buzz

I know Taran Matharu because my brother LOVES his Summoner series and consumed the entire series as fast as he could. I wasn't really interested in that series TBH but when I saw a totally Asian cover I knew this was the time to dive right in! And despite that cover being TOTALLY MISLEADING, I ended up loving... The Chosen!

My Experience

This was a really quick and easy read for me. I started the book and the next thing I know I'm at 24%!
temi ★
Mar 22, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: new-2019, fantasy
things i’m loving in 2019:
- myself 😤
- last dinosaurs
- the bread rolls at texas roadhouse
- these HECKING book covers
Beth Mendelsohn
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Having read the Summoner series, I was excited to see that Taran Matharu is working on a new series, Contender. This story is told through the eyes of Cade, a very bright teenage boy who was expelled from his boarding school for a crime he did not commit. He is now serving his sentence in juvenile detention with other teenage boys in for various crimes. Things change when a group of these boys are supp
Olivia Farr
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
MAZE RUNNER meets LAND OF THE LOST in this engaging page-turner full of twists and turns in an epic tale of survival and history. Cade was accused of stealing laptops found under his bed at his wealthy private school (which he attended on scholarship). He was innocent and his roommate the likely culprit, but his public defender convinced him to take the plea deal. Thus, Cade is now in a military reform school, which is maybe a step above juvie, and his life is not easy there.

However, one day, h
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
As if getting settled into a new boarding school and all that led to this move wasn’t enough, Cade somehow finds himself transported into another realm filled with remnants from his world’s past. Throughout history his people have mysteriously vanished and now Cade and a group of teens are about to discover what happened and why.

THE CHOSEN by Taran Matharu is a fantasy adventure that will have readers both young and not-so-young caught up in the action, the conflict and this author’s creative an
Adah Udechukwu
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Chosen was pretty awesome. I am definitely going to read Book 2 when it comes out.
Jay Matharu
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Got To buy this book now. I Finished it In a couple of days. When is the next one out? Can’t wait For the next one!
Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
This review can also be found on my blog! The book was featured on First Lines Friday.

Yeah. It went from me thinking it was a good book to just okay to actively disliking it.

My main issue is that there’s tons of action, but, when you reflect, nothing’s gone on. There’s been no character development. I couldn’t even tell most of them apart or knew their names, tbh. It was pointless, really, because all of them felt the same. There was diversity mixed in with the characters that I got excited abou
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Omg! How did I not see this on the 2019 book lists?! 😱 Gimme!! Love, love, love his books! 😍📚
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, nyp, a2, june, hodder, a4n
Cade is just trying to get through an unfair sentence in a reform school without finding too much trouble. He doesn't want anything to do with Finch, the school's bully, or any of the other boys. The choice is taken from him, though, when he finds himself on a strange, alien world, surrounded by peril at every turn. Forced to find allies anywhere he can, Cade finds himself a player in a game he doesn't understand, for stakes that are unimaginably high.

This reads just a little younger than Taran'
Kitty Maschan
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Full review to come
Surbhi Das
May 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
The Chosen is such a fun, action-packed and cool book. I mean, common, teenagers being magically transported to a strange land and forced to fight Dinosaurs, what can be cooler than that? right?

The story follows Cade, who at beginning of the book is admitted into a school for troubled youth because he was accused of or rather wrongly accused of theft. Life at this new school is worse than a nightmare for Cade as he is regularly bullied and subjected to harsh punishments. And then one day, Cade,
Kay  (mamabear_reads)
As soon as I saw this book I was immediately intrigued!
This book, The Chosen, is the first in a new trilogy and I think it was a fantastic start! I love Cade's character! He is well written and very likable. I really enjoyed the world building in this! I could just imagine what everything must look like. Some of the secondary characters I enjoyed were Quintus and Amber! I loved all the action is this book and I can't wait to read the next one! I recommend this one to all fantasy lovers.
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult, Science Fiction
*Rating* 4


The Chosen is the first installment in author Taran Matharu's Contender Trilogy. When Cade Carter, a biracial student in a prestigious boarding school, is framed for stealing a set of laptops by his well-off roommate, he is sent to a juvenile detention center for troubled youths. The story, however, begins with Cade already in this alternate world faced with a creature he’s never seen before not having any clue what is in
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Chosen was a fantastic book, it was well written, had good character development, and Mathrau drew you into the events of the story quickly by providing just enough information to pique your interests while still leaving you with questions that you just have to know the answers to. I love the way in which Mathrau incorporates different eras of history and a variety of cultures and civilizations. At first it was a little difficult to follow what was happening in the story and it seemed like y ...more
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Dilemmas. Dilemmas. The Chosen by Taran Matharu left me with so many dilemmas. How do I pay homage to the multi-layered social constructs that Matharu weaves with a complex story of survival, choose your own adventure structure and landscape building that covers a Major in Paleontology and a Minor in World Civilizations?

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God I hate these stars... 4.5 if not 5
Received via NetGalley for review.

An exciting middle-grade novel for those who like that particular genre of kids-fighting-kids/monsters (which I do, and which lots of people do!)

I wish there had been a little more room for character development - there are a lot of characters, and a lot of action to get through (I definitely thought Eric, Marcus and Spex were going to have a larger role, and three of the four girls are basically interchangeable).

But the action is fun and dangerous, and exactly
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I am a fan of Taran Matharu's Summoner Series and was very much looking forward to this book, the first in a new series. From his previous work I expected excellent world building and a nuanced and likable protagonist. I was not disappointed. The Chosen is a fantastic start to a new series. Cade is a fantastic character, he has depth and emotion, I was absolutely rooting for him the whole book. There are a lot of secondary charact
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Chosen is the first in a new trilogy by Taran Matharu, if you haven't read this author before then start with his other series first. The Chosen is an action packed ride from beginning to end. I really enjoy the quick and well plotted storylines of Matharu. I was pleasantly surprised by how much this book keeps you engaged and found myself reading it in two day.
Thank you to NetGalley for the E-Arc copy and the publisher for allowing me to read this novel.
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Hodder Children’s Books and Netgalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Having loved the Summoner books by Taran Matharu I was so excited when he announced his new series The Contender especially as it was set in a world with dinosaurs! And this book did not disappoint!

The Chosen opens with Cade already in this alternate world faced with a creature he’s never seen before so right from the beginning we’re thrown into the action. I really liked that as it made me even more
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you Feiwel & Friends for the free arc via Edelweiss. This is the first book I have read of the author's. It was a cross of the Maze Runner and Jurassic Park. A really fun and interesting story. I cannot wait to find out what happens next.
Natalie Jaser
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Romans, Dinosaurs, and Force-fields, oh my!
I was able to read this book early thanks to #Netgalley
I devoured this book! I sat down to read it, and didn't go to bed until I finished it! I was a huge fan of the Summoner Series, and honestly when I read this synopsis I was a bit hesitant. Boy was my hesitance wrong! This book is .PACKED with action, and the characters are fun to learn about. It wasn't predictable in any sense, and I wasn't sure who was running the show until the last chapter! I ca
Jessica Rose
I can’t wait to get my hands on this!

Sent off to boarding school? Check.
Crazy ass primal realm? Check.
Fights to the death? Check.

I’m so ready.
May 05, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This seems like it’s going to be BOMB 💣
Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
The author/publisher provided a free copy of the book for review purposes - thank you! Receiving a review copy does not guarantee a positive review and therefore do not affect the opinion or content of the review. It's midnight and apparently, it was a good idea for me to crank out reading a book in the span of 2 days. I don't know why I'm like this, but anyways, I somehow finished The Chosen?

The first book in Taran Matharu's Contender series introduces us to Cade, who finds himself in a boardi
May 15, 2019 marked it as to-read
came for the cover stayed for the dinosaurs
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

Cade is a teen who was framed for a crime he didn't commit and placed in a school for troubled youths. While there he is bullied by the big meanie student, befriends an oddball student, and then wakes up in another world. Unfortunately, it's not an idyllic world where all his dreams will be fulfilled, it is a world where he immediately has to fight for his survival. And it turns out he is not there alone, other kids from his
Vanessa ♛Queen Alchemy ϟ Novel Nerd Faction♛
Disclaimer: This review MAY contain spoilers. I received an Advance Reader Copy at no cost from the publisher/author. All opinions expressed in my review are my own.

This book takes the reader on such an explosive journey! It is one of those stories that will intrigue you from the get-go with the synopsis and doesn't let up for an instant once you are immersed in the story. And you will be-- you won't be able to put this book down!

I love the way that the books starts out with alternating chapters
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Taran Matharu is the New York Times bestselling author of the Summoner series, which has been translated into 15 languages and has sold over a million copies in English. He was born in London in 1990.

Taran began to write the SUMMONER series in November 2013 at the age of 22, taking part in ‘Nanowrimo 2013’ and sharing his work on The shared sample of the story went viral, reaching ove