The Chosen (Contender #1)
by Taran Matharu
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release Date: June 4th 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Introducing an epic new trilogy from Taran Matharu, author of the New York
Times–bestselling Summoner series.
Throughout history, people have vanished with no explanation. A group of teenagers
are about to discover why.
Cade is settling into a new boarding school, contemplating his future, when he finds
himself transported to another realm. He soon discovers their new world is populated
with lost remnants from the past: prehistoric creatures, ancient relics, and stranger
still — people. Overwhelmed by his new surroundings, Cade has little time to adjust,
for soon he and his fellow classmates are forced to become contenders in a brutal
game, controlled by mysterious overlords.
But who are these beings and why did they choose these teens? Cade must prepare
for battle . . . because hiding is not an option.
Are you a fan of hunger games, maze runner, or other stories where your whole life depends on your surviving in a game where your not sure what really is going on. Then The Chosen is for you, we have a rag tag group of boys who have been sent off to a school for boys who have screwed up and are serving time rather then in a junvenile dention center. The majority of the book takes place once they been wisked away some how to a strange and interesting new place.
Like the books i mentioned the characters don’t know a whole lot about where they or even why. They do find out from a computer machine known as codex that they have to compete in a qualifying round or their planet will be destroyed. They are not told who brought them their, they discover things from various eras of the world history. Things like dinosaurs, long forgotten people how disappeared, and weapons that have not been seen in decades.
I was very intrigued by all the historical information that is sprinkled throughout this book, if your a history buff your interest will be peaked. The aspect of a deaf character who speaks Latin was quite a fun addition to the cast of characters as well. You also get a group of girls from 1985 which makes for some rather fun scences when the boys from our time line try to explain modern things such laptops or modernized cell phones.
Like with any group of characters you end up with some bad apples and some that start out rotten but eventually come around to what you see as the good side. Their quite a adventure to be had as the count down clock on codex reaches zero and they compete in the qualifiying round. More answers are revealed and more questions arise. Taran has once again provided with an thrilling adventure story that is sure to delight.
Taran Matharu is the New York Times bestselling author of the Summoner series,
which has been translated into 15 languages and has sold over a million copies. He was born in London in 1990 and found a passion for writing during early
adolescence, beginning his first book at 9 years old.
Straight after graduating with a First Class degree in Business Administration, Taran
was keen to explore a new avenue and get inside the publishing world, landing an
internship in Digital Sales at Penguin Random House, from June to September
Thereafter, while taking time off to travel, Taran began to write ‘Summoner’ in
November 2013 at the age of 22, taking part in ‘Nanowrimo 2013’ and sharing his
work on Wattpad.com. The shared sample of the story went viral, reaching over 3
million reads in less than six months. Taran went on to launch his professional
writing career, and has never looked back.
His SUMMONER series is published by Hodder Children’s (Hachette) in the UK,
Australia and Commonwealth, Feiwel and Friends (Macmillan) in the US and
Canada, Hachette Jeunesse in France, Heyne in Germany, Planeta in Spain, Crown
in Taiwan, Record in Brazil, EKSMO in Russia, Jaguar in Poland, Ecliptic in
Bulgaria, Alpress in the Czech Republic, Ithaki in Turkey, Forlaget Forar in Denmark and Unieboek in the Netherlands.