Review: The Choosing by Rachelle Dekker

June 1, 2015

Title: The Choosing
Author: Rachelle Dekker
Publisher: Tyndale
Pages: 464
ISBN: 978-1-4964-0224-0
Publication Date: May 19th, 2015

“Not to be Chosen would yield a cruel fate of my own making.”
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.
 I have to say that The Choosing was such an original idea for a story. The creativity to the setting and the creation of this new futuristic America was so detailed, it caught me up from the first page.

Rachelle has a talent for writing just like her dad. Her world building and the flow of the story is just fantastic. There was a richness and depth to the characters and Rachelle made sure in her writing that you weren't standing on the sidelines watching, but you were apart of the story. There were many times while reading that I felt heartbroken for Carrington as she had to adjust to so much change, and not that of her surroundings, but that of how she was treated by people she grew up with, and by the ones she always thought cared about her.

This new world is one that is terrifying. The extreme views of the leaders made me cringe and the hold that they had on people. As I started to dive deeper into the story, I wondered how events led up to that. I have to say, that the telling of this story answered my questions as they popped up. It was the perfect layout and it kept me pushing forward to find out more. ended! Oh, how I didn't want it to end.

Remko, Larkin, Aaron, are just some of the other characters in the book who play such imporant rolls in Carrington's life and journey. Each were different, but offered so much to the story.

I can't wait for the next in the series to come out!

Too Read!
5 out of 5

About the Author:
The oldest daughter of "New York Times" bestselling author Ted Dekker, Rachelle Dekker was inspired early on to discover truth through storytelling. She graduated with a degree in communications and spent several years in marketing and corporate recruiting before making the transition to write full time. She lives in Nashville with her husband, Daniel, and their diva cat Blair. Visit her online at

Thank you to the Tyndale Blog Network, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.


  1. I'm glad you liked it! I have an ARC of this but I thought it sounded too much like Divergent and I really didn't enjoy that series so I think I'm passing on this one.

  2. I guess this is one of those books you love or hate...right before reading this review, I read a one star review! Doesn't exactly sound like my kind of read either. Might be tempted if the library had it. Thanks for the review.


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