Review: CHOSEN by Ted Dekker

TITLE: Chosen
SERIES: The Lost Books (Book 1)
AUTHOR: Ted Dekker
GENRE: Young Adult, Fantasy, Christian
PUBLISHED: December 15, 2007 - Thomas Nelson


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Think with your heart and prepare to die for you have been chosen.

The land of the Forest Dwellers has been decimated by the Horde under the watchful eye of the vilest of all creatures, Teeleh. Thomas Hunter, supreme commander of the Forest Guard, is forced to lower the recruitment age of his army from 18 to 16. From among thousands, four new recruits are chosen to lead--and perhaps die--for the greater good.

The chosen four are sent on a quest to prove their character, but their mission takes a dramatic turn when they are intercepted, sworn to secrecy, and redirected to a different endgame. Now they must find the seven lost Books of History. Books that have power over the past, present, and future. Books whose words are alive. Books sought by the Dark One that control not only the destiny of their world...but that of ours as well.


The first book in “The Lost Books” Series CHOSEN is about four teens who were chosen as leaders from among their peers who have just joined the Forest Guard to fight against the Horde—disfigured people whose skin rots from having not soaked regularly in sacred lake waters. Originally, Johnis was rejected from the Guard but proves himself by thinking with his heart, making him one of the four who are sent on a quest. Along the way, Johnis finds he can see creatures that were thought to be only myths and is asked to go on a mission of even greater urgency.   

The story is enjoyable. There are Christian values throughout, which didn’t take away from the story at all. In most Christian novels authors tend to get dorky with the biblical principles but here it is well played. There is an obvious parallel between God, Satan, angels & demons and the characters.  It was just enough to make it intriguing. I loved the aspect of the Horde’s disease, how it takes the mind too.


To rate this book, I’d have to give it about a 3: Good: No regrets. It would have ranked higher if he would have appealed to us girls a little bit and gave us a love story amid the battles and disease and journey across the desert. (There was a smidgen of a love interest but only an eighth of a teaspoon worth.)

So will I read the next book? Maybe. Eh… the only thing that piquéd my interest enough to keep reading is that there was one character he spoke of who never showed their face. (the traitor) and I kinda want to know who that was.


In case you didn't notice, this is the first time I've rated any Christian fiction as high as 3!!! Which means... Ted Dekker = Good Christian Author!