Rachelle Dekker's debut novel, The Choosing, is powerful! Of dystopian genre, the story grips the reader right from the beginning and is 'edge of the seat' to the end. In a futuristic world with authoritarian leaders, chosen people and those relegated to menial places in society, love, hate, truth and lies, The Choosing is full of action and mystery, hope and despair. What makes one worthy, is it your place in society as the authorities proclaim or does worth come from within, knowing who you are? Dekker shares Biblical truths in an amazing story that generates profound probing of one's heart. Her characters arouse the reader's emotions--you love them or you dislike them intensely. A beautiful young woman, ripped from her family, a young man with a stutter, a leader who has huge, ugly secrets, a rebel leader and a somewhat fierce commander of the city with a heart--each bringing depth to the story and helping to remind the reader some truths are really lies and how can the truth be discerned. Dekker adds a list of characters and a list of discussion questions. With The Choosing being book 1 in the Seer Novels, readers know the story doesn't end and anticipation is great! I received a copy of this book through The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for my honest review. I have posted reviews on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Deepershopping.com, Christianbook.com, Tyndale.com, Shelfari.com, Booksamillion.com, Bookfun.org, and GoodReads.
“Lying on the bed were three grey uniforms that were painful to touch – painful because of the reality they drove home: that she was stuck in a life that would never hold the future she had been promised, that she really was as worthless as she’d always feared,” Carrington acknowledges in Rachelle Dekker’s debut novel, The Choosing. First in the A Seer Novel series, this four hundred and forty-eight page paperback targets those who enjoy dystopian stories of truth versus lies with a blend of mystery and romance. With no profanity, topics of physical abuse, torture, and execution may not be appropriate for immature readers. This reviewer wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence. The year is 2257, and the Authority has determined everyone’s worth, position in life, and if they are chosen to be married. When the day approaches for Carrington Hale to attend her Choosing Ceremony, she is devastated she is not selected to become a bride. Marked as worthless and unwanted, she is banned to being a Lint, the lowest-level in society of menial tasks proving she is nothing. Doomed and discouraged, she befriends another Lint named Larkin who tries to convince her the errors of the Authority and to follow a man named Aaron who shows the way to freedom. Given a second chance, Carrington begins to question the Authority’s core beliefs of labels and identities, especially when she notices a CityWatch guard that wants to protect her. Trying to find her true self that includes God’s view of her place and purpose, her choices become limited when she is told someone else possesses her. With an undercurrent theme showing God’s abundant love of feeling wanted, beautiful, worthy, and perfect in His eyes, the book lacks the eternal plan of salvation as it uncovers how a cult twists Scripture, errors in doctrine, and becomes self-righteous. A quick read that promotes looking inward to find peace through the Almighty, the book quickly engages the reader to consider how sin and shame try to supersede God’s love as Carrington chooses her future both physically and spiritually. Following in the footsteps of her father’s fiction-writing vocation, author Dekker continues the absorbing storytelling family traits of suspense. With prior experience working in marketing and corporate recruiting, she lives in Tennessee with her husband and cat. Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinions.
This was a wonderful book! Rachelle Dekker definitely has the talent gene that her father, Ted Dekker, has. I was so engrossed in this book that I started to think it was really happening! I had to remind myself that this is fiction”¦this isn’t true! Carrington Hale has come to the age of the Choosing. She felt she would definitely be chosen and thus live a deeply fulfilling life. However, things don’t go as she planned. Life just starts spiraling downward for Carrington. Then she is offered a chance at the life she has always dreamed of. However, is it really worth the price she may have to pay? There is mystery and romance in this novel. There are a few little twists that you don’t see coming. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone. Rachelle Dekker is an author that is going places! I received this book from bookfun for my honest opinion.
Let me start by stating that this is the first dystopian period novel I have read. My genre preference is Historical Fiction. With that being said, I am pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this wonderful debut novel by Rachelle Dekker. Wow! She pulled me into the story, and made me feel as the characters did. I loved the character development with each being very different and distinct. The primary premise of the book is futuristic attempts at utopia by an Authority Council running the city and making decisions for everyone. Girls age 17 and up have spent their lives planning and training to be chosen by a man for marriage and a family. If they aren’t chosen, they get the short end of the stick and are sentenced to a lifetime of menial labor with no opportunity to marry, raise a family, or even continue contact with the family they came from. Unfortunately, it is allegorical with the world, who only values people based on worldly standards and not God’s standards. Then fortunately, the message is brought across that God chooses us before we are born. He loves us as we are. He sent His Son, while we were yet sinners. This message never grows old. If you like dystopian novels including mystery, romance, sacrifice, and grace, you should adore this book. I give 5 stars to books that I hope to read again. This is definitely one of those. Great work, Ms. Dekker. I’m looking forward to your next novel. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, through The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for my honest review.