The Chosen

The Chosen

Introducing an epic new trilogy from Taran Matharu, author of the New York Times–bestselling Summoner series. Throughout history, people have vanished with no explanation. A group of teenagers are about to discover why.Cade is settling into a new boarding school, contemplating his future, when he finds himself transported to another realm. He soon discovers their new world...

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Title:The Chosen
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The Chosen Reviews

  • Sasha Alsberg

    Y’all! I NEED TO GUSH ABOUT THIS BOOK. It was my favorite read of this year so far.

    I was lucky enough to read it before release and I have been clamoring for the next book since (I don’t want to wait a year!)

    Cade is sent on an epic journey through an unfamiliar landscape with friends and foes alike where they have to discover the mystery as to where they went and how to get back home. We get epic historical details about artifacts and people lost in time, DINOSAURS(!!!), kick ass girls, an anci

    Y’all! I NEED TO GUSH ABOUT THIS BOOK. It was my favorite read of this year so far.

    I was lucky enough to read it before release and I have been clamoring for the next book since (I don’t want to wait a year!)

    Cade is sent on an epic journey through an unfamiliar landscape with friends and foes alike where they have to discover the mystery as to where they went and how to get back home. We get epic historical details about artifacts and people lost in time, DINOSAURS(!!!), kick ass girls, an ancient evil and so much more!

    I loved Cade so much and related to his character way more than I ever thought possible. He thinks first, then punches which helps get him out of many sticky situations! His life before being whisked away into this gamescape was riddled with hardships. It was super awesome to see him overcome some of those hardships throughout the book.

    The #OwnVoice representation that Taran Matharu has within THE CHOSEN was also so great to see. We need more books like this please!

    I adored the side characters as well. Each of them were so well developed which led to some heartbreak in the end....no spoilers...don’t worry ;)

    I left this book with cool knowledge of history, medical techniques (if you know, you know) and also, how can I forgot the epic weapons I learned about?! Taran Matharu weaves interesting realistic facts into fiction seamlessly, leaving you shocked and eager for more.

    This story is just beginning and I’m already itching to see what comes next! Definitely my favorite read of the year so far!!!! 5/5 stars!!!

  • Jay Matharu

    Got To buy this book now. I Finished it In a couple of days. When is the next one out? Can’t wait For the next one!

  • Dani - Perspective of a Writer

    I know Taran Matharu because my brother LOVES his Summoner series and consumed the entire series as fast as he could. I wasn't really interested in that series TBH but when I saw a totally Asian cover I knew this was the time to dive right in! And despite that cover being TOTALLY MISLEADING, I ended up loving... The Chosen!

    This was a really quick and easy read for me. I started the book and the next thing I know I'm at 24%!

    I know Taran Matharu because my brother LOVES his Summoner series and consumed the entire series as fast as he could. I wasn't really interested in that series TBH but when I saw a totally Asian cover I knew this was the time to dive right in! And despite that cover being TOTALLY MISLEADING, I ended up loving... The Chosen!

    This was a really quick and easy read for me. I started the book and the next thing I know I'm at 24%! i really liked Cade right off. I enjoyed experiencing this craziness from his POV. And it was neat that we started right in the action from page 1. Because while we needed to know what happened that lead up to him being transported to another realm fighting a monster... it was all your typical bully stuff. I raced through these pages and did appreciate meeting the boys before, but it was his current situation that intrigued me.

    I will admit that I found their initial choices rather different from what I would have done. This actually didn't bother me at all... I really enjoy it when a story feels like exploration. It's not traveling exactly but we are moving around and learning new things about the situation. I admit that the story really got good when Cade met his first dinosaur! I won't say more than that because spoilers but you'll know the moment in The Chosen when it comes. From there it was one fun - air quotes - experience after another... at least for me! *grin*

    Honestly Cade was a really smart kid. Normally when young protagonists are able to put together every thing Cade did it starts to feel like an adult being represented as a child. I was really amazed that this didn't happen with Cade!! I felt like Taran Matharu supported where Cade came up with his ideas and thoughts quite well. Even the foreshadowing was spot on and while it gives you really huge clues the story was still fun and unexpected. TBH this felt like The Maze Runner at first with all the boys and the huge mystery of why they were there, but The Chosen really is its own story.

    Pretty intriguing, right? TBH I was worried paired with that title and cover. But it turns out that this is a great description of The Chosen! You really don't even need to read the rest of the premise. Of course, there is a "higher power" yanking these kids' chain. There wouldn't be a story otherwise.

    Cade figures out pretty early that things are too staged. They find bodies... It's all pretty mysterious. I don't want to give away too many clues because spoilers. But it's a neat mix of exploration, battles mental and physical, plus a puzzle piece type challenge. The reader, along with Cade, gets to put together all the details he picks up about what is going on. And Cade does a great job making the experience fun and intense for the reader.

    The end catapults The Chosen from fun and mysterious to epic. I really, really enjoyed the end. The stakes were high. Friends were lost. But we got answers. Some may not enjoy those answers. They definitely aren't meant for God believing readers. But I for one am looking forward to where our contenders go from here! The sequel to The Chosen will certainly ratchet up the epicness of this situation. And once you know what's going on the possibilities are endless...

    -The History.

    This was super fun to me... I love that The Chosen was written in a way to make any reader super interested in learning more about the past and the interesting facts about bygone people. Really excellent use of a subject to interest all kinds of readers young and old.

    -The Group of Boys.

    There is a mix of personalities and judgements that make for great conflict and friendship. I loved how Cade interacted with the different boys and it wasn't always a win for him. That's so true to life but he persisted!

    -The Deaf Character.

    One of my favorite characters besides Cade and another secret character. I won't reveal more but watch out for them... They are two of the mega-highlights for me in The Chosen.

    -The Codex... Oh and the dinosaurs!!

    This is a bit of technology (and I just loved it!) Both are some of the best parts with Cade. You'll have to read The Chosen to learn more...

    -#ownvoice POC author.

    Basically Taran Matharu looks exactly as Cade is described! I loved that. I thought it was really neat and I appreciated how he talked about the boy's heritage in the story. Sometimes characters talk to the reader too directly, I loved the subtleness.

    The cover of The Chosen really kind of pisses me off. No, you know what, it PISSES ME OFF! It gives you this feel of a ninja like story or at least an Asian one of some type. Well I guess they don't think it's too deceptive because Cade is from Asian descent (his mom's ancestors are from India) and he does wear a sort of hood made out of animal skins though obviously not black fur... And there is a sword!! Yeah so that was honest. But his hand is an odd color too... I don't know as a cover it really is not just poor but bad. I want to hope that this is just a place holder cover...

    I want to like the title but its so ho-hum. I think it's to make it sound like his previous series The Summoner? But summoners are kickass... chosen people sound dorky?! Like a religious people or a special snowflake! Something hocky like The Game or The Codex would be more intriguing at least. Relying on the author is good but only to a point... isn't his and the publisher's goal to sell to people who haven't read his books before too?!

    Honestly... overlook the cover and title. The Chosen while not an expressly Asian story is a great mystery action and adventure with a male POC protagonist that makes it a fun and exciting journey. Cade uses his whits and his knowledge of history to totally WOW us and bring his little group together as contenders. This is a series you won't want to miss, so pick up The Chosen when it comes out!

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Authenticity

    ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Writing Style

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Plot & Pacing

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ World Building

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  • Beth Mendelsohn

    I received this e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

    Having read the Summoner series, I was excited to see that Taran Matharu is working on a new series, Contender. This story is told through the eyes of Cade, a very bright teenage boy who was expelled from his boarding school for a crime he did not commit. He is now serving his sentence in juvenile detention with other teenage boys in for various crimes. Things change when a group of these boys are supp

    I received this e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

    Having read the Summoner series, I was excited to see that Taran Matharu is working on a new series, Contender. This story is told through the eyes of Cade, a very bright teenage boy who was expelled from his boarding school for a crime he did not commit. He is now serving his sentence in juvenile detention with other teenage boys in for various crimes. Things change when a group of these boys are supposed to be transported to a new facility upstate but their plane never makes it there. Cade finds himself on a cliff battling a monster. He and the other surviving teens realize they are on an alien world and must prepare to do battle. Cade finds objects and people out of their time on this world, like Ancient Rome’s Ninth Legion that disappeared in Scotland sometime during the second century. Time is ticking down for the chosen contenders. Will they survive?

    This upper middle grade book is a thrill ride from beginning to end! Cade must use his brains and skills he didn’t know he had. He must convince the others with him that this is a fight they must win and find out who brought them to this planet and why. Definitely looking forward to the next installment!

    #TheChosen #NetGalley

  • Olivia Farr

    MAZE RUNNER meets LAND OF THE LOST in this engaging page-turner full of twists and turns in an epic tale of survival and history. Cade was accused of stealing laptops found under his bed at his wealthy private school (which he attended on scholarship). He was innocent and his roommate the likely culprit, but his public defender convinced him to take the plea deal. Thus, Cade is now in a military reform school, which is maybe a step above juvie, and his life is not easy there.

    However, one day, h

    MAZE RUNNER meets LAND OF THE LOST in this engaging page-turner full of twists and turns in an epic tale of survival and history. Cade was accused of stealing laptops found under his bed at his wealthy private school (which he attended on scholarship). He was innocent and his roommate the likely culprit, but his public defender convinced him to take the plea deal. Thus, Cade is now in a military reform school, which is maybe a step above juvie, and his life is not easy there.

    However, one day, he wakes up somewhere different- a world beyond what he could have imagined, with danger around every turn. Why he was brought there and what he must do to get out are anything but clear. As he pieces together the clues and fights to stay alive, the countdown clock adds pressure to the whole situation. Adding onto that the interpersonal relationships with the boys who were also brought from the school and the new people they find in this strange place, this book is action-packed and full of mystery/suspense.

    What I loved: The book has a steady pace that allows the reader to absorb all the new information about this world and still feel the suspense. There’s a lot of interesting facts about history and great knowledge/strategy required in the journey that added to the book’s appeal. Cade is really the character we get to know best, and he’s a great leader, intelligent, brave, and considerate. The other characters are some people I would like to know better in future books, but there are a few that I found particularly engaging/intriguing (particularly the girls and Quintus). The world-building was really the focus here, and this is incredibly strong in this book- this unique setting really comes to life through the text.

    Cade is also an appearing Indian American of mixed ethnicities/race, which adds some extra elements, particularly to the first part of the book (in terms of some heavy racism). This kind of representation is really important in middle grade/YA, and this is a great book that includes these elements plus a main character of color.

    Final verdict: With dinosaurs, Romans, and a battle for survival, THE CHOSEN is absolutely fascinating and quite the page turner. I would highly recommend for fans of fantasy/sci-fi looking for something unique and full of suspense/mystery.

    Please note that I received an ARC through netgalley. All opinions are my own.

  • Adah Udechukwu

    The Chosen was pretty awesome. I am definitely going to read Book 2 when it comes out.

  • J.D. Netto

    An amazing story tale with mystery and intrigue. I mean, come on dinosaurs and romans together?! Sign me up!

  • Dianne

    As if getting settled into a new boarding school and all that led to this move wasn’t enough, Cade somehow finds himself transported into another realm filled with remnants from his world’s past. Throughout history his people have mysteriously vanished and now Cade and a group of teens are about to discover what happened and why.

    by Taran Matharu is a fantasy adventure that will have readers both young and not-so-young caught up in the action, the conflict and this author’s creative an

    As if getting settled into a new boarding school and all that led to this move wasn’t enough, Cade somehow finds himself transported into another realm filled with remnants from his world’s past. Throughout history his people have mysteriously vanished and now Cade and a group of teens are about to discover what happened and why.

    by Taran Matharu is a fantasy adventure that will have readers both young and not-so-young caught up in the action, the conflict and this author’s creative and lively style of writing! Imagine being sent to another place, left to find the answers to so many questions like “why” “how” and “how do we get home, again?”

    Prepare for conflict among the teens, the mystery of a codex that only Cade possesses, see ancient artifacts and even dinosaurs, all while an ancient evil stalks their every move, just waiting to thwart their progress.

    Fast-paced, scenes that are vivid and teens being teens, even in the face of the unknown. Can they work together long enough to find their way home again? Is their adventure a chance encounter or is it something more?

    I received a complimentary ARC edition from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group

    Series: Contender - Book 1

    Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (June 4, 2019)

    Publication Date: June 4, 2019

    Genre: YA Science Fiction

    Print Length: 361 pages

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  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    The Chosen turned out to be a bit crazier than I thought, a good kind of crazy though!

    To be honest, I'm not sure if I dreamed I read this book because it was different to me than what the summary of the book says it's about. Don't get me wrong, there is some crazy universe these kids get taken to but what I read wasn't about a boarding school, it was about prison...... Am I the one that went to an alternate universe?

    Anyway.. when Cade and some of the boys were getting transferred from the pris

    The Chosen turned out to be a bit crazier than I thought, a good kind of crazy though!

    To be honest, I'm not sure if I dreamed I read this book because it was different to me than what the summary of the book says it's about. Don't get me wrong, there is some crazy universe these kids get taken to but what I read wasn't about a boarding school, it was about prison...... Am I the one that went to an alternate universe?

    Anyway.. when Cade and some of the boys were getting transferred from the prison/boarding school??... they actually woke up somewhere else. When all of the boys finally come together I was thinking this was something like Mazerunner in a way but it went totally beyond that. I don't want to give out any spoilers but they are in some other universe? Planet? I'm not sure but it's crazy and I would have freaked clean out and died the first 5 minutes!

    There is this Codex thing that follows them around and can only give them so much information. They find all kinds of stuff from different times in history, etc.

    It's a fast-paced little game of what? I'm not telling you and I don't know all of the answers. But I am looking forward to what the end game is going to be with this trilogy because the thing/person/whatnot that have these boys, is freaky!

    *I would like to thank Netgalley and the Publisher for giving me the opportunity to read this book.*

    Happy Reading!

    Mel ♥

  • temi ★

    things i’m loving in 2019:

    - myself 😤

    - last dinosaurs

    - the bread rolls at texas roadhouse

    - these HECKING book covers

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