Life is bleak but uncomplicated for sixteen-year-old Tess, living in a not-too-distant future where the government, faced with humanity's extinction, created the Chosen Ones, artificial beings who are extraordinarily beautiful, unbelievably strong, and unabashedly deadly.
When Tess begins work at Templeton, a Chosen Ones training facility, she meets James, and the attraction is immediate in its intensity, overwhelming in its danger. But there is more to Templeton than Tess ever knew. Can she stand against her oppressors, even if it means giving up the only happiness in her life?
3 stars - A believable dystopian world filled with secrets you will want to learn.
I'm not a huge fan of dystopia and that's mostly because they are often so far fetched. This one, however, is eerily possible. The world is enough similar to this one that I can see the events that would trigger it to happen. That somehow makes it more interesting to me.
The Chosen Ones were interesting. I particularity loved James. He's different that the rest and I loved that. I never quite figured him out but I have hopes of that in the next book. He doesn't see Tess as a plaything but he loves her. His love may have come too quickly but I was okay with that. I felt connected to him and I want to read more about him.
Tess, on the other hand, was hard for me to connect to. I'm not sure why. Her life sucks in every sense of the word and she has locked her emotions away. I know it's James that changes that but I just felt like she was too much of a before and after girl where I never clearly saw the change. The Tess at the beginning is so cold and dispassionate but the Tess at the end is emotional and filled with passion. The events between didn't connect the two for me.
I really felt like the book paced well. I read it in a day and enjoyed it. I just would have have liked to make a stronger connection with Tess.
If you love dystopia then this is a great choice. Give it a go.
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