Release Date: June 12, 2012
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Life is bleak but uncomplicated for sixteen-year-old Tess, living in a not-too-distant future where the government, faced with humanity's extinction, created the Chosen Ones, artificial beings who are extraordinarily beautiful, unbelievably strong, and unabashedly deadly. When Tess begins work at Templeton, a Chosen Ones training facility, she meets James, and the attraction is immediate in its intensity, overwhelming in its danger. But there is more to Templeton than Tess ever knew. Can she stand against her oppressors, even if it means giving up the only happiness in her life? - Goodreads.com
I had a little bit of trouble getting into this one, but once I did, the story was pretty good. I love dystopians, and this one had a uniqueness to it. I love the fact that manufactured humans have taken over as the supreme being and that humans are little more than slaves. What these humans have to go through is sad, but I could so see this happening.
Part of the problem I had with my inability to sink into this one was partially the writing. The language, although often beautiful and soulful, was also laborious to read at times. I felt like I was swimming through some of the language. It was one of the books where you catch yourself reading the same paragraph over and over, and it kind of forces you to read really slowly. Additionally, there were quite a few flashbacks, and this kind of distracted me from the story. I wasn't sure all those flashbacks were really needed. I think the information could have been imparted another way that wouldn't pull me out of the story.
The romance was the saving grace of this story. I loved James, loved how he cared for Tess and always tried to protect. There was an innocence about their interactions, as they are really forbidden. So they're getting to know simple things like a touch or a kiss was so sweet.
As I said, the writing was at times laborious, but it was also really good too. It had a very dark quality to it that was interesting. I will probably read the sequel, becaause it definitely left some questions up in the air that I want to know the answer to. Plus, I have to see how this romance works out.