Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Choosing by Rachelle Dekker

Genre:  YA Christian Dystopian
Seer Series, Book 1

Description (taken from Rachelle Dekker's website):
Like all citizens since the Ruining, Carrington Hale knows the importance of this day. But she never expected the moment she’d spent a lifetime preparing for—her Choosing ceremony—would end in disaster. Ripped from her family, she’ll spend her days serving as a Lint, the lowest level of society. She knows it’s her duty to follow the true way of the Authority.

But as Carrington begins this nightmare, rumors of rebellion rattle her beliefs. The whispers contradict everything she’s been told; yet they resonate deep within.

Then Carrington is offered an unprecedented chance at the life she’s always dreamed of, but she can’t shake the feeling that it may be an illusion. With a killer targeting Lints and corruption threatening the highest levels of the Authority, Carrington must uncover the truth before it destroys her.

In a world after the Ruining, society is ruled by the Authority.  The Authority consists of men who govern society and follow the Veritas, the religious book in this society.  Women have no worth in this world and must reflect their husband's standing.  Their only hope is to have a guy choose them at the Choosing ceremony or else they end up as a Lint, the lowest part of society.  Carrington has grown up in this world and has begun to see the problems with society.

Carrington's Choosing ceremony ends in disaster.  She begins life as a Lint taking care of the trash.  Carrington makes a friend among the Lints and learns of a rebellion beginning, but she's offered a second chance at society.  With this second chance, will she learn to conform to the Authority and realize she is worthless without a man by her side?  Or is there another way?

I don't know what to say about this book without ranting.  The feminist in me is kind of ticked that I read this book.  I think I might have missed the purpose of the story because I got hung up on this dystopian society being a man's world.  And there are a lot of crazy happenings that are done in the name of God.  As much as I used to love reading Christian novels way back when, I'm not sure they are for me anymore.  I know there is a good meaning to this story, I just had issues with it.

There are going to be Christian readers who love this story.  But I honestly can't recommend it to any feminists out there.

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