Review : The Chosen One
The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams
Pages : 213
Genre : YA, Fiction
My Rating :
What it’s about :
Kyra is 13. All of her life, she’s lived with her father, his three wives and numerous brothers and sisters. Isolated in her community, she’s never known much about the world – until the Mobile Library on Wheels appeared on the road close to her home. Through the books, she discovers a whole new world, but her discoveries are cut short by the horrible news : one month from now, she’ll be married to her 60 years old uncle.
Kyra doesn’t want to marry him, and she questions the Prophet’s decision. Could there be another option for her life? What about the boy she secretly likes? The wedding date is approaching fast, and Kyra must decide what to do soon…
I wasn’t sure about reading this book at first. Despite all the praise, I wasn’t sure I wanted to read on the subject of a polygamist community. Let’s say that I had my share : when I was a kid, there was one here in Quebec which was constantly on the news. There were books, movies, interviews, which gave me lots of nightmares. But back to the book : as always, the praise made me curious and Lenore’s review finally did it. I had to read it.
I’m not sure what to say about this book; it was a quick but intense read, one that haunted me for a few days after I turned the last page. Its subject, a polygamist community, is a difficult one. It could have been a very unpleasant read, and while the events were horrible, the author’s writing made it a great experience. From the start, we can see the beginning of a “free will” in Kyra’s mind. She questions her world and reads forbidden books, and this gives us hope that she’ll try to change things for herself.
Her situation is still complex though, and the author writes Kyra’s voice in a realistic way. She is unsure about her situation, about what to do. When she is confronted to the outside world, her fear and doubts made her real. Even in the scariest scenes, I could understand her indecision.
I’m glad I read this one, and I highly recommend it. It’s intense and emotional, but it does give you another point of view on the situation, and one we don’t get to see often.