Book Review – The Chosen by Taran Matharu

the chosenIntroducing an epic new trilogy from Taran Matharu, author of the New York Times–bestselling Summoner series.

Throughout history, people have vanished with no explanation. A group of teenagers are about to discover why.

Cade is settling into a new boarding school, contemplating his future, when he finds himself transported to another realm. He soon discovers their new world is populated with lost remnants from the past: prehistoric creatures, ancient relics, and stranger still — people. Overwhelmed by his new surroundings, Cade has little time to adjust, for soon he and his fellow classmates are forced to become contenders in a brutal game, controlled by mysterious overlords.

But who are these beings and why did they choose these teens? Cade must prepare for battle… because hiding is not an option.


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I received this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed this so much. So, so much. It’s exactly the sort of high octane adventure I enjoy, crossed with a fantasy world and a sci-fi-esque twist. Yes please.

This book very strongly reminded me of Matthew Reilly’s Contest, and was definitely more of what I wanted from his recent YA effort.

The Chosen runs exactly along the right line of action, teen angst and intrigue. I enjoyed the action, and LOVED the dinosaurs. I also really enjoyed the history elements, or trivia geekery, and the planning for the fights.

I quite liked Cade for the most part, but loved Quintus and the girls the most. I was also intrigued by the hints that they were all watched and picked from the school specifically. I liked the fact that the book shows how cruel kids can be, especially on the racism front (and we also got to see how this reflects out into the wider world and the legal parts), and the school really is an environment full of toxic masculinity.

Away from all that, the implications of the contest itself, what we find out at the end, and where this may head next are all really intriguing – I am definitely excited to find out more and will definitely be picking up book 2.


Buy The Chosen from Amazon UK.

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