The Chosen Ones by Tiffany Truitt
"Life is bleak but uncomplicated for sixteen-year-old 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?"- summary from Amazon
I was urged to read this book by Sara of the awesome Novel Novice and I'm so glad I was able to snag a copy at BEA to read. I really enjoyed this book, but it wasn't completely perfect.
First, the bad cuz I'd like to end on good things. Now, I may have just not been paying attention (or have the right idea but don't know/believe it) but I felt like the world-building wasn't completely done. I was a bit confused on how females suddenly became infertile and how the human race will continue to keep building Chosen Ones if no one can reproduce. Maybe these will be answered in future books, but it was just a bit underdeveloped for me.
Aside from that, I really liked Tess' character and the way she behaved. I liked her interactions with James (my name!) as well as seeing how her relationships worked with the various people from her compound. There were some interesting reveals and I loved the twists and turns of the book. It was a fairly quick read and the pacing was handled pretty well.
Overall, I did really enjoy the book. I thought it was an interesting concept and I'm excited for Book 2 and hopefully there's a bit more background and history to flesh things out.
FTC: Received copy at BEA. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.