Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams

Thirteen-year-old Kyra has grown up in an isolated polygamous community without questioning her father’s three wives and her twenty brothers and sisters. Or at least without questioning them much—if you don’t count her secret visits to the Mobile Library on Wheels to read forbidden books, or her meetings with the boy she hopes to choose for herself instead of having a man chosen for her. But when the Prophet decrees that Kyra must marry her 60-year-old uncle—who already has six wives—Kyra must make a desperate choice in the face of violence and her own fears of losing her family.

Argh! I had a hard time with the chauvinistic men in the community where Kyra spent 13 years! And Ms. Williams makes sure I feel that way so because of this aspect, the book is written well.
The Chosen One is a quick read and lingering affect (I talked about the story for two days). I liked the voice and writing in this book but I had a hard time with the subject. Not the subject, really, but the amazingly sexist cult the 13 year-old lived in with her mother and dozens of siblings. The author showed all the leaders (all men) in the polygamist group as mean, greedy,abusive and prideful. It was almost 'in your face' through the whole book and left me mentally tired.

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