Series:The Lost Souls (#1)
Published:12th June 2012
Soundtrack:Moonlight Sonata; Chopin; Ed Sheeran
Goodreads: “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 attraction is immediate in its intensity, overwhelming in its danger. But there is more to Templeton than Tess ever knew. Can she stand against her oppressors, even if it means giving up the only happiness in her life?”
I’m really glad I read this book, totally worth the money and the time! I can’t wait to read the rest of the trilogy!
Tess, a sixteen-year-old girl lives in a postapocalyptic time. Her people are divided into Naturals (Tess being one) and the Chosen Ones (only males), before you ask, no, the Chosen Ones aren’t a little army of Harry Potters… although they do have some kind of magic.
The Chosen Ones were created by scientistS to fight the war, they are stronger, smarter and faster. The Chosen Ones were also created because they are Earth’s future. Normal human beings can no longer be born, for some reason. Women can get pregnant, but once they try to give birth, both them and their babies die. That being the reason why sex is seen as something disreputable.
Of course there are still some people who like to make some whoopee, usually those being the Chosen Ones, who sometimes don’t really choose the “good old” normal act of intercourse, they would rather force a couple of girls.
On the other hand, there are also people among the Naturals who are “married”, not from the council’s eyes, of course. Afterwards, such disasters as the wife getting pregnant and then dying along with the unborn child happen quite frequently. This happened with Tess’s older sister, Emma, Emma married Robert and then got herself pregnant, despite Tess’s warnings. I had the impression that Tess was way older than 16, the poor girl had to grow a lot faster than normal people, due to the society she was born in… that and of course, the fact that both her parents were dead (the father had been absent from her life and the mother had been an alcoholic -oh the joy!). Also, Emma, despite being older than Tess, was reckless and too innocent (not to mention annoying, even dead I felt she was annoying as fuck). After the funeral of her sister, Tess had then to take care of her younger sister Louise, who is in my opinion, a spoiled little brat. I wished Tess had just told Louise the truth about the Chosen Ones. Louise had this illusion of the Chosen Ones, she believed they were their saviors, that they would never harm them. Louise was not the only to be fooled, of course, most Naturals were deceived by the council.
Anyhow, as I was saying, after Emma’s death, Tess has to take her sister’s place at the Templeton, where the Chosen Ones live and train. There she has to do gruesome tasks…Yet, it is also at the Templeton she meets James, a Chosen One, who likes reading and classical music. James, as all Chosen Ones are, is quite handsome, and after a few encounters, she becomes his personal maid.
As life seems hopeless, Tess find happiness with James, though never allowing herself to relax or pretend the world around her is fine. She begins to notice that some things she was taught to believe in aren’t right at all, she opens her eyes to the atrocious acts happening in front of her eyes.
I loved reading this book, especially the hidden meaning… James had this weird obsession with the book Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, he identifies himself with the creature of that book, partly because he feels like he doesn’t belong, and also because he didn’t feel human at all, even if he is the most human of all the Chosen Ones.
A couple of quotes from Chosen Ones for you:
“Stories enabled you to forget your life and your limits. They urged you to reach for a world that was never meant to be yours. There was nothing more dangerous that an imagination.”
“Maybe it’s better to live in a world you don’t understand, because if you understand it, it becomes unbearable.”
“Stories enabled you to forget your life and your limits. They urged you to reach for a world that was never meant to be yours. There was nothing more dangerous than an imagination.”
Yes, this book is sad and Tess is constantly breaking my heart, I feel for the poor girl. But this book also has its “Do I dare to dream” moments and “ASDFGHJKL” moments.
I believe this gif pictures what I meant PERFECTLY!
So read it guys! Totally worth reading this book!