Williams, C.L. (2009). The Chosen One. NY: St. Martin’s Griffin. 213 pages.
Kyra Carlson is not a typical thirteen-year-old, by our standards. She has three mothers, all whom are married to one father. The mothers have 20 children amongst them, with two babies on the way. Kyra’s family is part of some sort of polygamous religious sect that answers to a man called The Prophet and his Apostles. The Prophet is guarded by a group of men called the God Squad. The Prophet, his Apostles, and the God Squad share all the wealth of the community, while the others in the sect live packed in trailers. Kyra breaks two of their biggest rules routinely – she reads books that she sneaks in from a mobile library (basically a small library contained in an RV that drives past the compound on Wednesday afternoons), and she meets Joshua, a boyfriend of sorts, late at night. When Kyra is told by the Prophet that she has been “chosen” to marry one of his Apostles, who just happens to be her sixty-year-old uncle who already has six wives, Kyra has to make a decision – be obedient and become a seventh wife to her father’s brother, or try and escape from a life that, to us seems radical and extremist, but to her is all she knows.
This book was a little unsatisfying. I was intrigued by the plot, but it fell a bit flat for me. There were lots of loose ends that never really got tied up, which is annoying. There were too many characters for there to be real character development. I think that the characters could have been fleshed out more, even if the result was a longer book. Also, Kyra talks out loud to herself quite a bit, which was strange.