The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams tells the story of Kyra, a 13 year old girl who lives in a polygamous cult known as “The Chosen Ones”. She is the second oldest daughter in her family of 20 children (with two more on the way) but serves as the oldest because her sister Emily suffers from non-specified mental retardation.
The family is currently living on a compound under the tyrannical and cruel rule of The Prophet Childs, his apostles (one of whom is Kyra’s Uncle Hyrum) and a frightening group of enforcers known as “The God Squad”. The Prophet Childs has outlawed reading from any book except for the Bible.
Kyra’s only way of rebelling is walking outside of the compound walls to check out books from the Mobile Library (or as we’d call it, the Bookmobile) that she reads hidden in her favorite tree.
Kyra’s life changes forever when the Prophet Childs tells her family that he has had a vision, and that she is to marry her Uncle Hyrum, a man who is nearly 60. Kyra detests her Uncle and is sick at the idea and is torn between staying and marrying her Uncle or attempting to flee to the nearby city, alone and afraid.
Why I read it: I’d never read any books about Polygamist cults and I was curious.
Why I loved it: The author, Carol Lynch Williams does an excellent job at bringing Kyra to life. I was sucked into Kyra story, urging her on, hoping for her, biting my nails and just wishing that everything would be okay.