A review by iviarelle
Chosen Ones, by Veronica Roth

dark emotional mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


This is not a story for everyone, but if it clicks, it may click real hard.

I don't often find myself reading books I consider medium-paced, that nevertheless don't let my attention stray. I'd go a few days between reading, but I couldn't read less than 10% at a sitting and I had to tear myself away.  My biggest complaint is that the clippings from top secret documents and news articles threw me out of the story as often as they supplemented my feeling of knowledge about this story's background. Mostly, I just wanted to get back to the story I was increasingly invested in. That being said, the mysteries and twists are seeded wonderfully throughout the text, and the climax and resolution speak to me in a way very, very few stories do.

Which brings me to Sloane. Sloane is definitely way up there in my top 5 "relating way too hard to a character" characters.  She's all rough edges, sharp tongue, and stubbornness, and I love her like I would another self because in some ways I used to be her and still am to a great degree. She grows and learns over the course of the book, but she never stops being the jagged, marshmallow-free queen she begins the story as. She will definitely NOT be relatable to everyone, but oh boy am I glad to know her now. 

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