The Choosing

The Choosing

Book - 2015
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"Like all citizens since the Ruining, Carrington Hale knows the importance of this day. But she never expected the moment she'd spent a lifetime preparing for--her Choosing Ceremony--to end in disaster. Ripped from her family, she'll spend her days serving as a Lint, the lowest level of society. She knows it's her duty to follow the true way of the Authority. As Carrington begins this nightmare, rumors of rebellion rattle her beliefs. Though the whispers contradict everything she's been told, they resonate deep within"--Dust jacket flap.
Published: Carol Stream, IL :, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781496402257
1496402251
Branch Call Number: F DEK
Characteristics: xii, 434 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm.

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BWilsoned
Mar 24, 2016

Bleh! Start with the mashup of biblical and prime-time soap opera names, add a predictable plot and shallow characters, and then top it off with a saccharine-poisoning dusted with the author's own religious mythology.
The world Dekker's built is so flimsy and yet so familiar--maybe because it's a regurgitation of other dystopian novels.

Try the first Hunger Games book, Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, The Roar, Not a Drop to Drink, 7th Sigma, Sheri Tepper's Plague of Angels series, or The Unwanteds for better world-building, strong women characters, and stories about where one belongs.

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Flavaria
Jan 27, 2016

If you liked The Selection Series by Kiera Cass, you will enjoy The Choosing. A highly enjoyable read that contains an important message of how each person is unique and beautiful.

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Love_Legolas_111
Oct 14, 2015

A wonderful debut! Rachelle Dekker shows her prowess in the writing field as she crafts a gorgeous story about finding your true self and your worth, not from how you are defined by society or your family or even yourself, but how your Father sees you.
The beauty in the lesson here-discovering who you really are and that you are valued-is portrayed powerfully and masterfully here. I felt with Carrington and experienced alongside her the amazing power and love of Aaron's words, the words that told her who she really was in her Father's eyes, the One who made her and chose her and called her His. Simply gorgeous, emotional, well-done.
The plot itself was interesting. Although at first I found the story only intriguing and not very "pulling", I was soon immersed in this dystopian world, gobbling everything up, especially near the end. The main characters-specifically Carrington, Remko, and Isaac, who all get POVs-each brought something different to the story, giving the novel depth and substance. I liked where Rachelle went with the villain, and the journey throughout the story was well-crafted and well-written.
All in all, a great book. The only things that I have to pick with the author was the fact that the romantic subplot, though cute, felt a bit one-dimensional and cliche. Also, at the end of the book, nothing is really discussed about the fate of Carrington's bff, which seems like a loose end/plot hole the author never really noticed. However, besides these, I'd say the book was without too many inconsistencies or hiccups.
Apparently this is a series(!!), so I'll definitely be on the lookout for the next book, The Calling (which is coming out next year, I believe). And I'll be looking forward to more books by Rachelle Dekker. :)

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Elira
Jun 18, 2015

<3 Beautiful, masterfully written, wonderful book!

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kenagurl
Jun 09, 2015

In a similar dystopian spirit of "The Hunger Games", "Divergent", "The Selection", "Matched" and other such popular titles, Rachelle Dekker's debut novel is outstanding. Her style might be familiar to those who have read her father, Ted Dekker's works - but geared to a more teenage audience. There is a serial killer character and a few scary moments that might not be good for younger readers, but overall an excellent excellent read.

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Love_Legolas_111
Oct 18, 2015

(Aaron) The Authority has taught you to believe that the color of your garment gives you your place. They say that in knowing your place you have peace, that easy lines can be drawn, that you can discover God's purpose for your life. But I say that the Father tells you a different story. A story free of labels and false identity.

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Love_Legolas_111
Oct 18, 2015

(Aaron) Life is a journey of remembering and forgetting one's true self. But don't fret and be filled with fear if you forget, because only after forgetting can we remember. Yes? And each time you recall who you are, your vision strengthens.

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Love_Legolas_111
Oct 18, 2015

(Aaron) The biggest struggle you will ever face is to ignore the lies that seem so familiar.
(Carrington) They feel like the truth.
(Aaron) The truth is beautiful, like you. The truth is you have been made perfect and are wholly loved. Chosen simply because you breathe, because you exist, because of who created you. I know this world has led you to believe that your worth is measurable. Life has always told that lie-that you have to work for love or change to be accepted. But the truth is different. Truth has existed since before time began, and it's message is that because you were born, because you grow, because you take steps, because you laugh, you are loved and worth the greatest sacrifice.

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Love_Legolas_111
Oct 14, 2015

Love_Legolas_111 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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kenagurl
Jun 09, 2015

kenagurl thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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