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Peek Inside Chosen Ones

The government, faced with humanity’s extinction, created the Chosen Ones. When Tess begins work at a Chosen Ones training facility, she meets James, and the attraction is immediate in its intensity, overwhelming in its danger. Can she stand against her oppressors, even if it means giving up the only happiness in her life?

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Love can’t be engineered…

Life is bleak but uncomplicated for 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?



“A tense, thought provoking, highly evocative read that stirs every emotion, Chosen Ones is un-put-downable, and a must for Dystopian lovers.” ~ Trisha Wolfe, Author of DESTINY'S FIRE

“The ending of this book shattered my heart and I am really anxious for the next installment.” ~ Suzanne, Paranormal Book Fan

“Tiffany wrote a beautiful story with such emotion my heart felt like it was soaring in some areas and breaking in others! She captured everything I was looking for and I can’t wait to read book 2!” ~ Jaime, Two Chicks on Books

“This debut instantly takes Tiffany Truitt to the top of the Dystopian top reads list. You won't want to miss out on this ambitious story.” ~Winter Haven Book

“…what makes Chosen Ones truly amazing isn’t just the strong heroine, or the wonderfully done romance. Its Truitt’s writing. I will gladly read anything that she puts out. With the way that she writes, it is quite easy to lose yourself in her words. If you’re looking for a new dystopian novel to dive into, look no further than Chosen Ones.” ~ Nicole’s YA Book Haven

“There were some scenes that left me with my mouth open. Some were raw and extreme. Tess stood strong every step of the way though. I really liked that her character stayed consistent throughout the whole book.” ~ Damaris, Good Choice Reading

“Tiffany creates a world that is believable and unique. Tess is a kick butt kind of a character that grows with the struggles she has to go through and you can’t help but love her for it. James is a boy with a heart like no other, who feels deeply and loves completely. When I got to the last pages of the book, I sat there staring at the blank page, willing it to turn into book two!” ~ Valia Writes Things

“It was phenomenal, breath-taking, heart-pounding and epic! The storyline will leave you speechless and the romance will leave you breathless! ~ K-Books

“Full of suspense, danger, drama, and even forbidden love thrown in, Chosen Ones was everything I had expected from the book blurb.” ~ Pages from my thoughts

“…what makes Chosen Ones truly amazing isn’t just the strong heroine, or the wonderfully done romance. Its Truitt’s writing . . . If you’re looking for a new dystopian novel to dive into, look no further.” — Book Haven

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781620610015
Series: Lost Souls, Book 1
Release Date: Jun 12, 2012
Page Count: 352
Imprint: teen
Genre: dystopian, young adult
Tropes: forbidden love/off limits

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By Giselle June 16, 2012

Chosen Ones brings us into a dark, dreary future where humans are near extinction, and these perfectly crafted humans, genetically enhanced for war and protection, have all the power. Almost.

When you create a dystopian or post-apocalyptic future, details, explanation, showing AND telling, can make a ...more

By Courtney May 23, 2015

A dismal dystopia that will appeal to anyone who enjoyed the stifling sterility of Matched as well as social inequality and injustice of The Hunger Games. By no mean take this to mean that I'm trying to compare Chosen Ones to those other popular series or suggest it's a knock off in anyway, I'm mere ...more

By Diana Stormblessed April 08, 2012

This book kind of blew me away. In truth, at the beginning I didn't expect anything special. The book started a little slow, but it quickly picked up.

The heroine of this dystopian series is Tess, who has had so much stripped from her life that she's turned herself into an emotional shell to help her ...more

By Soumi March 19, 2012

Sixteen years old Tess lives in a compound called Templeton what was once Western United States of America that had been wiped out after fourth world war. Women had mysteriously lost their ability to bring forth life, being pregnant is exactly like death sentence to them. Facing extinction of human ...more

By Amber June 15, 2012

Chosen Ones, is deep, beautiful and intoxicating. Tiffany Truitt has a gift to communicate an emotional written story. This book was nothing short of AMAZING!

When I started chapter 1, my first thought was “disturbing.” They actually pulled out a branding iron to mark an innocent girl. She would be ...more

By Cristina January 26, 2015

After finishing a book like “Chosen Ones”, it’s extremely hard to gather my thoughts and place them in order. This is the kind of book that makes you forget your words when you try to write about it, or describe it to your friends, because the action and the descriptive scenes you’ll find in its pag ...more

By Kristi July 29, 2015

This was a great dystopian novel! I would love to see it made into a movie! Tess tries to be tough and unfeeling, but her walls start to crumble after she meets James. She is a Natural, and he is a Chosen One. While the powers-that-be don't discourage contact between the Chosen Ones at Templeton and ...more

By Heather December 21, 2011

Stark and powerful. You won't forget this book. ...more

By Jessica February 23, 2012

I have to say that when I read the synopsis for Chosen Ones, I thought this was going to be some sort of typical Marxist text. Meaning, the obvious bourgeois would be overthrown by the proletariat, because what good dystopian novel doesn’t have this element within its plot? I was wrong.

In many ways ...more

By Suzanne March 14, 2012

World war 4 has decimated the United States. Tess lives in a compound in the West with a group of naturals. The Easterners and Westerners are constantly at war due to disagreements in the way to re-establish the country. Women can no longer have children and men are being killed at war. The governme ...more

By Jaime (Two Chicks on Books) February 21, 2012

That was so good! I need book 2 now. Omg I'm totally crying! Review to come. ...more

By Shelley May 29, 2012

*Rating* 4.0
*Genre* Dystopian

*Review based on the ARC*

"You must face your fears in order to conquer them."

An interesting story with such a dark premise that it makes books like the Hunger Games seem tame in comparison. Here you have a society that has all but destroyed itself in an East vs West Civ ...more

By Damaris (GoodChoiceReading) February 17, 2012

Another great book with an awesome kick ass character! The world that Truitt has created is dark and intense. Humans are basically slaves to the Chosen Ones, who were created to help humans. But somewhere along the way the Chosen Ones took over and want to make sure humans do not rise above them. Wh ...more

I received an ARC of this book months ago for this blog tour. Unfortunately, the book release date and blog tour got pushed back and so I put off reading it until closer to the blog tour date. Now after reading this book, I really wish I would have read it as soon as I got my hands on it! Dystopias ...more

By Pixie February 28, 2012

You can also find my review at The Bookaholic

When I first participated in the cover reveal of Chosen Ones and read the blurb for this upcoming YA Dystopian, I had a deep sense that I was going to like it--it was just a gut feeling, I guess you could say, and it held high expectations from that point ...more

By Mlpmom (Book Reviewer) June 21, 2013

3.5 to 4 Stars!
Even though this one sort of gives off vibes of the Delirium Series by Lauren Oliver it pulled me right into the story and after a few pages I could tell that while yes, there were some similarities, this really was its own beast. Completely different.

I don't know what I was expecting ...more

By Trisha March 14, 2012

I’m still kind of reeling over that ending. Wow. It definitely left me craving more, and I’m looking forward to where Truitt takes this series. The first chapter completely took me by surprise. I’ve read many, so so many Dystopians, and I’m always prepared for the bleak, dreary world and oppressors ...more

By Jilly March 23, 2014

I really liked the book, Exceptional, and this story reminds me of it. We have Tess, a lowly human, and even worse, a woman, who gets thrown into the clutches of James, the "Chosen One" - meaning a superman, clone created to save the world, but is better than the humans. Love is forbidden and consid ...more

By Danielle February 18, 2012

This is definitely a coming of age story for Tess. As I read it I felt like I was waking up from a dream. This one made my heart skip a beat a few times. It was intense and powerful. I'm still mulling over how to describe it. It does have that Hunger Games premise but it's not flashy; it's darker, h ...more

By Valia February 08, 2012

Seriously would like book 2 now! ...more

By Kayleigh April 02, 2012

Chosen Ones Review on K-Books

"Emotional entanglements only led to physical tresspasses. We, humans, were weak. We couldn't be trusted with our emotions."

Chosen Ones completely blew me away. The debut novel from Tiffany Truitt just made me fall in love with this new dystopian society and I could ...more

By Meaghan April 12, 2012

Chosen Ones follows Tess as she tries to navigate through a very grim world. Humans are known as “naturals” and they are also the minority in a society that is trying to be rid of them. They are working towards having a society of “chosen ones” who are genetically created and given special gifts tha ...more

By Jessi May 15, 2012

In a literature landscape inundated with dystopian stories, it takes a special story to shine among the bestsellers and the hype. For me, Chosen Ones is a story that I believe holds its own and shines with its beautiful writing and unique take on genetic engineering and the future we could someday e ...more

By Anjana May 07, 2012

Tess lives in a dystopian world where most women are barren and having a child means death. Since they're not useful for anything else, women basically played the role of slaves for the 'Chosen Ones' - genetically engineered/man-made boys who are the perfect soldiers. They're better than humans in e ...more

By Marielle May 10, 2014

I picked this book out of no-where because it was on a table at my school's library. I wasn't expecting much of it because I'd never heard of Tiffany Truitt or off her books... and not knowing what people thought of this series probably was a good thing because I got to make an opinion of my own.

I ...more

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Tiffany Truitt

About the author

Tiffany Truitt

Tiffany Truitt received her MA in literature from Old Dominion University. Her debut, Chosen Ones, first in the Lost Souls trilogy, is a searing look at what it means to be other and how we define humanity, as well as a celebration of the dangerously wonderful feeling of falling in love.

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