Like all citizens since the ruining, Carrington Hale knows the importance of this day. But she never expected the moment she'd spent a lifetime preparing for - her choosing ceremony - to end in disaster. Ripped from her family, she'll spend her days serving as a lint, the lowest level of society. She knows it's her duty to follow the true way of the authority.
But as Carrington begins this nightmare, rumors of rebellion rattle her beliefs. Though the whispers contradict everything she's been told, they resonate deep within.
Then Carrington is offered an unprecedented chance at the life she's always dreamed of, yet she can't shake the feeling that it may be an illusion. With a killer targeting lints and corruption threatening the highest levels of the authority, Carrington must uncover the truth before it destroys her.
©2015 Rachelle Dekker (P)2015 Recorded Books
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Thoroughly enjoyed the story. Wonderful narrator. What a wonderful message for young women...or anyone actually. I am worthy because of HIM.
You go girl. You keep on writing about the hope we have in Christ and you will never fail!!
"Will be reading the sequel."
Yes I would and have. I think it is well written, entertaining, and romantic. I did not want to put the book down so both read it and listened to it.
I can see her father's influence in her writing. That is a positive thing because I love Ted Dekker's books. The Choosing immediately drew me in just as his do.
It was a great book, it left me looking forward to the next one and more by Rachelle Dekker. She is her father's daughter, and his influence in her writing is obvious if you know him. The deranged male antagonist, who thinks he is holy and his actions are what God has called him to do is a prime example. I personally wished Rachelle had gone another route. We've seen this many times in Ted's books, i.e. Boneman's Daughters and The Bride Collector.
I feel the Christian storyline she's trying to develop is lacking. I find it weak. It's all about being loved by our Father, and nothing about conversion, repentance and redemption. Don't get me wrong, I do believe the Father loves us all equally, but I also believe that repentance is necessary. and this story had nothing to with repenting or sin, it was simply that if you believed the Father loved you and you are chosen by Him, then that's enough.
Would I recommend this book? Yes, highly.
"Pure Dekker!!! Exceeded My Expectations!!!"
This book couldn't've made me happier! Since I discovered Ted Dekker's writing back in 2010 he's been my favorite author! I own all his books (on audio) and quite a few physical copies. My only regret being a Dekker fan was that he couldn't produce books fast enough... Now we have his daughter, Rachelle, writing too! Amazing!
She had huge shoes to fill knowing that everyone would compare her works to her father's.... And the interesting thing is that even though this book is purely Dekker, it's also purely her own! I see similarities in writing styles, themes and key phrases, but at the same time it's a fresh story!
I won't divulge any secrets here... I hate the fact that she's willing to kill off a favorite character :-( but at the same moment I admit it kept it real - no one is ever safe, the book is never dull, and the ending is, is, well... You've just got to read to 'see' ;-)
"Well written but copying her father's themes"
I enjoyed her story. Well written for the most part. The hero is a little overdramatic at times.
I was disappointed that the story had to include the overly religious zealot character who kills women in his delusion same as Ted Dekker has used too much in his fiction. I wish she would have created a different kind of antagonist.
This story is very much like her father's writing.
I enjoy the themes of redemption and freedom from fear that are conveyed in this story. We truly are free if we dwell on what God thinks of us instead of our peers.
Loved hearing a couple of Rachelle's father's spiritual abstracts like the swirling lights in the spiritual realm!! Love, love, love the imagery!! Thank you!
"Rachelle Dekker follows in her father's footsteps"
Rachelle Dekker forges a masterful tale of finding one's true identity and being who you were created to be.
"so far so good :-)"
So far I love it I love how this in the world was thought out really well. the characters were great the only thing that I didn't absolutely love was the character Aaron.
Aaron is very vague and he talks about the father and never talked anything about God or the Holy Spirit . is Aaron supposed to be Jesus? I'm really confused about that.
"Good Not Great"
Firstly let me say I've never been a huge fan of Ted Dekker and was wary of this due to many people comparing Rachelle's writing to her fathers and remarking how similar they are; however I didn't find that to be so. The issues I have with Ted Dekker's style were not prevalent in Rachelle's. Mostly I don't like how he describes things. Just a personal opinion.
Secondly, I was worried the story would be another rip off of The Giver or Hunger Games. The plot was similar in areas but enough different that if you enjoy those types of books you'll probably like this one. There was a scary way of living depicted in the book that while akin to The Giver's was still unique enough to enthrall readers.
Thirdly, it's an okay book. I listened to it while I worked (I sew) and found it helped pass the time. I looked forward to hearing what would happen next and the story didn't drag anywhere. It was interesting, nicely narrated, and had likable/hatable characters. My only truly negative thoughts were due to the Christian elements thrown in. I AM A Christian. I was drawn to it because it was a Christian fiction. Nonetheless this disappointed me in that regard.
As other reviewers mentioned the Christian parts of the story are all centered around one aspect of the faith, that we are unconditionally loved and are perfect in God's sight. All very nice, but isn't the full story. Basically I think it would have been an overall better book without the lazy Christian theme thrown in or if there had been more depth to it.
Again though, good book. I enjoyed it. I'd recommend it to pass the time with not as a must read by any means.
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