Kyra is just thirteen years old when she is told that she is to get married to her 60 year old uncle. Kyra's life is not like other girls...her father has multiple wives and she has many brothers and sisters. They live secluded from the world on the compound and trust their Prophet to be the voice of God.
But Kyra is not content with the restrictions on her life. She takes risks. She sneaks books to read and meets a boy. She decides she will not marry her uncle.
I found The Chosen One to be a hard book to read. Halfway through, I popped onto Twitter to say it was making me angry. It's hard for me to read about women and children that are abused in this way, denied modern medicine, denied choice. Pretty much all so that a few men can have control and have their way. And it makes me angry that they do this in the name of Jesus, who is actually all about setting the captive free and lifting the burden of the oppressed.
At the same point in time, this book is incredibly powerful. Kyra's voice is strong and lyrical. Her tenacity and perseverance is admirable. The conflict between her love for her family and her desperate longing to be free, made me ache inside. The thing about this story was that there was simply NO GOOD CHOICE. But Kyra took the only choice she had. The ending left me in tears.
Things You Might Want to Know: This book tackles some serious themes, but should be appropriate for girls 13 and up.