Saturday, June 13, 2009
87 - The Chosen One;Carol Lynch Williams
The Chosen One, by Carol Lynch Williams was inspired by a true story told by a girl who escaped from a Polygamist compound, and while this book is a work of fiction I fear the story itself rings true to much of what goes on in this type of cult.
In this story thirteen year old Kyra has one father, three mothers and some twenty brothers and sisters with two more on the way. Books are banned in here are books are the work of Satan. Kyra sneaks off to the Mobile Library on wheels where she learns she can borrow books. She only takes (1) book to start so that she will be able to hide it from everyone. Kyra also has been sneaking off to meet a boy she comes to adore, and the two are planning for a future together despite the risk of meeting in secret. One day everything changes.
Kyra and her family learn that the “Prophet” will be visiting. Everyone suspects that this means her father will be chosen as an Apostle, but that is not what happens. The Prophet tells them he has had a vision and that Kyra has been chosen to be the “seventh” wife of her 60 year old uncle in just four weeks!
Does Kyra try to run off with the boy she loves, even though she may never see her family again? What happens to her and her family if she gets caught?
This story brings up important moral questions that we seem to be hearing about more and more. It seems to me that this one make an excellent book for classroom discussion at the high school level as the story contains various important themes: personal freedom, religious cults, and societies norms.
The Chosen One was an excellent audio book. I did find the ending a bit disappointing but I would still recommend this book as a very good choice for both young adults and adults alike.
RATING - 4.5/5 - COMPLETED - 6/12/09
WHERE FROM: My Stacks (for review)