Saturday, 13 August 2011

The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams

The Chosen One
Carol Lynch Williams
St. Martin's Griffin
[May 12, 2009]


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. That is, without questioning it much - if you don’t count her visits to the Ironton County Mobile Library on Wheels to read forbidden books, or her secret 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 Kyra must marry her sixty-year-old uncle - who already has six wives- she must make a desperate choice in the face of violence and her own fears of losing her family forever.

So, it's no secret I have a fascination with polygamy that I cannot explain. So I'm not sure why I waited so long to get this one.

There's really not much to say about this book. It was different. It was thought provoking. It was refreshing.

I loved little Kyra. She was strong and intelligent and determined and I loved her. I also loved Joshua. He's just so sweet and kind and he really does love Kyra. Kyra didn't really act like a thirteen year old and I don't remember how old Joshua was, but I think I liked that part. I liked that they acted a little older. They were a little more mature.

The whole family was amazing. They worked well together and loved each other and they were close knit, despite separation.

I was really caught up in reading it. I liked the way it was written and I always wanted to know how it ended. I wanted to know what would happen to Kyra and Joshua and if she would marry her uncle or not.

I just really recommend this book, especially if you're interested in polygamy. It was a really good, different read that I highly enjoyed.

--Julie

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