04 December 2011

The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams

The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams

Published: 12 May 2009 by St. Martin's Griffin

Pages: 213 (hardcover)

Genre/s: Young Adult, Contemporary

Source: Own library

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Thirteen-year-old Kyra has grown up in an isolated community without questioning the fact that her father has three wives and she has twenty brothers and sisters, with two more on the way. That is, without questioning them much---if you don’t count her secret visits to the Mobile Library on Wheels to read forbidden books, or her meetings with Joshua, the boy she hopes to choose for herself instead of having a man chosen for her.

But when the Prophet decrees that she must marry her sixty-year-old uncle---who already has six wives---Kyra must make a desperate choice in the face of violence and her own fears of losing her family forever.

My Thoughts

I don’t remember how I found this book, perhaps on a random wandering through Audible a few months ago. In early 2011 I was listening to a lot of audiobooks, but after a few ‘boring’ experiences I stopped. I did try and listen to this one a few months ago but wasn’t in the right state of mind. This time around however, I was hooked.

The subject of pologymst cults has always held a fascination for me. I’m not good at sharing anything, so I’m intrigued by the concept of sharing your husband, your family, everything in your life, without questioning whether it is right or wrong to do so.

The characters in The Chosen One were the highlight for me – Kyra in particular is completely imaginable as a real girl, who just wants to experience life, love and books, but is bound by the beliefs of her family to a life of isolation and subservience.

The story is engaging and enthralling – the mother characters in particular held my fascination with their unwavering belief that life as ‘one of the wives’ is normal and morally right.

The ending is quite abrupt but I felt that was fitting to the book – there was never going to be a neat, happy ending with this one.

As for the Audible version – I thought the narration by Jenna Lamia was great, she really did sound like a 13 year old girl!


  1. That's the first time I've ever seen the name Kyra in a book. It's my sisters name :D

    This sounds an interesting one and like you I've always had a kind of fascination with these sorts of things.

  2. I really have to give this one a try! :)

  3. I'm thinking about picking up the paperback version actually, I do that with audiobooks I really enjoy.



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