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The mega-selling author of the Divergent franchise delivers her masterful first novel for adults 

Fifteen years ago, five ordinary teenagers were singled out by a prophecy to take down an impossibly powerful entity wreaking havoc across North America. He was known as the Dark One, and his weapon of choice - catastrophic events known as Drains - leveled cities and claimed thousands of lives. Chosen Ones, as the teens were known, gave everything they had to defeat him. 

 After the Dark One fell, the world went back to normal...for everyone but them. After all, what do you do when you’re the most famous people on Earth, your only education was in magical destruction, and your purpose in life is now fulfilled?  

Of the five, Sloane has had the hardest time adjusting. Everyone else blames the PTSD - and her huge attitude problem - but really, she’s hiding secrets from them...secrets that keep her tied to the past and alienate her from the only four people in the world who understand her.  

On the 10th anniversary of the Dark One’s defeat, something unthinkable happens: one of the Chosen Ones dies. When the others gather for the funeral, they discover the Dark One’s ultimate goal was much bigger than they, the government, or even prophecy could have foretold - bigger than the world itself. And this time, fighting back might take more than Sloane has to give. 

Chosen Ones is performed by Dakota Fanning and features the voices of Veronica Roth, Victor Bevine, Gabriel Vaughan, Isabel Keating, Robin Miles, Kevin T. Collins, Vikas Adam, L.J. Gasner, Richard Ferrone, Carly Robins, Flynn Earl Jones, Emily Bauer, Kyla Garcia, David Shih, Edoardo Ballerini, Natasha Soudek, and Amy McFadden.    

©2020 Veronica Roth (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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Interesting premise

I found the premise for this story to be really interesting, but I didn’t love the execution of it. The characters aren’t really likeable, so there isn’t really anyone to cheer for. I know that authors do this so that their characters can change and grow into decent people, but it would have helped if Sloane had started a little closer to a noble character. Parts of the plot are confusing. I had to back up the story a few times because I thought I had missed a key portion due to the fact that I was also working — that was not the case though. I don’t know if I’ll pick up the next in the series. It might depend on how desperate I am for material at the time.

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woah

a unique, nuanced take on the "chosen one" trope that is refreshing. Roth takes all my favorite YA and scifi tropes and turns them on their head - which I loved. the characters are funny and distinct, loveable but real. plus, its Dakota Fanning which was dope.

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a must read

Absolutely loved this book. Roth did an excellent job bringing this world to life and the performance was perfectly done by Dakota Fanning and the others. Hard to press pause its so intriguing. A world of magic, parallel universes and a thirst for revenge with a little lust. Only wish there was more.

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Character spoiler: Good Book, Only a one Timer though

I picked up because of the narrator having Never previously listened to the author. I enjoyed the book, although some parts took additional effort to follow. I spent the entire time waiting for epic battles that didn’t come. Wa Was disappointed in that regard. I’m not a huge fan of stories that include the main character constantly being rendered useless either through being unconscious or other. Probably won’t listen to again but may listen to a sequel.

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need to hear this one

at first its a little hard to follow as it starts in the middle of the storyline but its actually a really good book. The Top Secret and News Cast refrains are a great pullback to give depth to the worlds.

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A Great Audiobook and Captivating Story

Chosen Ones was a engaging listen (I listened to it on long car rides and never once got bored) and the characters are wonderful. Though prickly and hard to figure out at first, the lead character, Sloane, quickly worms her way into you heart, which is largely helped by Dakota Fanning’s brilliant narration, which is nuanced but not over the top. I was initially drawn to this book by the idea of chosen ones past their adventure, which seemed filled with opportunities for great character studies and emotional stories. The first third of the book was exactly this. You slowly get to know the characters and unravel who they are. Roth doesn’t make anything easy and it allows you to explore the story. But then there is a big shift in the narrative, swaying much more towards dramatic plot and away from the characters and their relationships and a lot of the important questions offered up in the first third (who are we after we’ve filled our purpose? What do we owe to ourselves and what do we owe to others?) aren’t really answered. I did enjoy the rest of the story a lot, though it wasn’t what I had thought I’d signed up for. It’s a bit more rushed, and definitely feels more young adult. The story is still captivating, Roth’s plot twists never fail to disappoint, and I couldn’t stop listening. Just know it is a lot more of a plot centred story than it may seem at first. Also, there’s a sequel planned, so the ending does feel pretty abrupt and there isn’t a lot of closure, but more is on the way and I can’t wait to listen!

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Will not be adding to my collection

While I enjoyed the ending and enjoy Veronica very much as an author.This style of writing, made it hard for me to get into.

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Thrilling!!

it has been a while since I've read her last book from the Diverget series and this book is a fresh change. its suspenseful and thrilling always kept you guessing and wondering what is going to happen next! This book is more adult driven so I wouldn't recommend to young readers.

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  • 2020-05-02

Dakota Fanning makes the Character!

Dakota Fanning makes the Character! I hope to hear more of her on Audible. She captures Sloan's inner voice: her combination of apathy and self loathing. The rest 0f the production is well done, too. The story itself is as expected from Veronica Roth.

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  • 2020-04-09

Same dull and depressed tone throughout

I’ve listened to hundreds of audiobooks, and this is the first time I’ve felt compelled to write a review. I really, really wanted to like this book, but I’m more than a third in (5 hours), and pretty much nothing has happened. What’s worse, the Dakota Fanning maintains the same dreary, depressed tone throughout all of her narration—regardless of the events or actions in the story. I feel like a dark grey cloud has been following me around overhead the entire time I’ve been listening to this story, and I need to stop listening for my own mental health. I wish I could bear to keep listening so that I could tell what happens next, but I just can’t...

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  • 2020-04-10

I was dissapointed by the end first minute

I am returning the book as the language in the first minute of the audio book having the F* word thrown at me is an indication of the language of the rest of the book makes it unreadable for me.

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  • Jodi
  • 2020-06-02

Horrible, don’t bother.

I don’t know if I can adequately express how deeply disappointed I am in this book. I keep listening to see if something is going to happen, hoping it’s going to finally get interesting but I am 18 chapters in it and still wondering why I’m wasting my time.

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  • Ekaterina
  • 2020-04-24

Wasted Audible Credit

Twisted storyline (not mind bending) with random events that barely connect and offensive language throughout.

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  • Jeffrey veals
  • 2020-04-14

Not Much Going On Here....

I love the Divergent Trilogy...absolutely love it. I happened to be reading other things when 'Carve the mark' came out, but I was planning on reading them, depending on how 'Chosen Ones' turned out. Unfortunately, this is a convoluted mess of exposition from random viewpoints and, as far as the story is concerned, it doesn't even fit the most basic of arcs that a book generally needs (Set Up-Inciting Incident-Rising Action-CLIMAX-Falling Action-Resolution). I would say that 'Chosen Ones' has a very high spike of Rising Action and then a free-fall into some form of resolution. In my opinion, however, there was no real incing incident; others may come to me and say that the death of one of the chosen ones was the inciting incident, but was it? I am so sad that I have to be this harsh, because Divergent happens to be in the top three of my favorite YA series. I think it was 10x better than The Hunger Games and I adore that story as well. I doubt Ms. Roth will ever read this review, but, if she does, I want her to know that I'm still rooting for her success and I KNOW that she will write another series or even a standalone that is WAY better than this one. The book will receive a D+ from me and, just to add one more thing, I'm not sure if I will be reading the followup to Chosen Ones. The story was left where it could take an interesting turn, but I also think it could been done. Basically, I'm saying that the book could end where it is and have an open-ending sort of thing. I know Ms. Roth plans a sequel, so we will see if I have the smallest desire to pick it up. I adore Dakota Fanning and I know people have been saying that she was stilted in her narration; but, I liked her and I thought she did a solid B work in this audioobook.

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  • 2020-04-13

Not My Favorite

Honestly, this book took me a long time to get into. I didn’t think I was going to like it much at all until close to halfway through, then it got quite a bit better. I give it 3.5 stars. Definitely not my favorite of Veronica Roth’s books. Also, unfortunately, one of the few books that I’ve actually wished I would have read instead of listening to.

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  • amy
  • 2020-06-06

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at first listen I wasn't sure since it opened up with F bombs. I thought if she was making an adult story by just adding swears. I kept listening though because I really loved the divergent series. it ended up being a really good story and I was really glad I stayed with it. I think there's a chance possibly for a sequel?...

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  • Drew Romero
  • 2020-04-15

Satisfying Read for Veronica Roth Fans

I am pretty familiar with Veronica Roth's writing, from Divergent and Carve the Mark. She has a writing style that, for some reason causes me to regularly have to go back and reread, or re-listen, to what has just occurred. I don't know why this happens. I believe it has to do with some of her transitions, or simply her narrative style. The most recent book before this one, that had this affect on me, was Erin Morgenstern's 'The Starless Sea'. For some reason I get lost, and have a moment of, "What the heck is going on here?" Now, bear in mind, it is April 2020 and I have completed nearly 27 audiobooks, thus far, for the year - so, I can dig into a book pretty well. But, Roth's writing seems to get me in those moments of needing to rewind, time and again. That being said. I really, really enjoy Roth's concepts. She has a great imagination and world-building skill set. You can tell that she is able to live in these worlds that she creates, and knows how they work. Sloan is a wonderful heroine, very similar to Cyra, from Carve the Mark. A tortured soul stereotype. The magic system is interesting, as well as alternate histories of parallel realities. The pace of the book really picks up at Chapter 16 (Part 2). If you can make it past the first 4 and 1/2 hours of the audiobook, then you will be rewarded by a quicker paced storyline. Favorite quote: “Matt and Sloan had been living in a moment of held breath, the exhale had always been coming.” - Chapter 41 3 out of 5 overall for me. I wanted to go higher because of the great concept, but because of my need to keep "rewinding", I had to rate lower. Sometimes you wonder how a book concept/storyline would have fared in another authors hands. This one had me doing that.

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  • Shayla Williams
  • 2020-08-19

Dakota Fanning is a great reader, but...

This is YA fiction. I'm not a fan. This was marketed as a former YA author's move toward adult fiction, but that's very misleading. All of the characters are the exact same tropes you find in the teen dramas you don't want to admit you watch. I don't mind that sort of silliness on screen, but I want better from my books. The inner thoughts of every 'fierce warrior princess' in these pages is laughably bad. DNF.

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  • Rachel
  • 2020-07-13

Entertain enough

This story is okay. I didn’t feel a connection to the characters- so it was difficult to stay interested. The chapters went back and forth from the story line and memorandums or letters written from various characters (not even a part of the story line). It was difficult to follow at parts. I’m an avid audio book listener, and this was one of the few books that I didn’t really want to re-listen to.

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