The Choosing Book #Review

“Not to be Chosen would yield a cruel fate of my own making.”

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—would 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. The whispers contradict everything she’s been told; yet they resonate deep within.

Then Carrington is offered an unprecedented chance at the life she’s always dreamed of, but 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.

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My Review:
In 2111, a vaccine was created to cure all illnesses, mutating as diseases did.  What they didn't plan on was the antibodies attacking themselves and causing a large percentage of the population that was vaccinated to die.  Those days were called The Ruining.  One hundred years later, a group of survivors gathered and were led by Robert Carson, in a new religious world.

The year is 2257, Carrington Hale has spent her whole life preparing for this day, her Choosing.  She is taught that she is valued by how prepared she is for this big day and whether or not she gets chosen.  To Carrington's dismay, despite her training and high marks, she isn't selected.  Those not chosen are sent away to work as Lints, the very lowest class, never to see their families again.  Will her friend Larkin be able to get through to her? Will she listen to the voice that continually tries to reach her in the quiet?

Rochelle Dekker has written a wonderful debut novel.  The depth of the characters are amazing.  In addition to Carrington's struggles, there's a mystery in the backdrop that also had me intrigued and engrossed throughout the novel.  Although this was a dystopian story, I could actually see the plausibility in it.  This was a brilliantly written first novel and I can't wait to see more from this author.

**I received a free copy of this novel from Tyndale House Publishing in exchange for my honest review.**

About the Author:
She is a daughter, a sister, a wife, a writer, a friend, a cat lover, and a believer.
However, these are all just roles and though she loves these roles very much, who she truly is cannot be fully addressed because that is something she is still discovering.
Of course, self-discovery is a constant journey where hard questions must be asked but Rachelle knows two things for certain. First, that she is no different than anyone else, because in the deepest place in every person’s heart there is fear, doubt, stress, pain, worry, sorrow, joy, thankfulness, peace, love, success, and happiness. Second, Rachelle knows that she is loved perfectly and wholly just the way she is. Loved in a way that, while may not make sense to many, is wonderful and fulfilling. In a world filled with people searching for worth, acceptance, and a place to belong, she has learned that in searching for these things, she is worth the world, accepted long before she went looking for it, and she belongs right where she is at this moment.
Rachelle continues her never-ending journey and invites you to join her. Whether you are already diving deep or still standing on the shore the journey is going to be wild. There may even be some water walking.
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