Auserkoren by Carol Lynch Williams

Auserkoren

byCarol Lynch Williams, Petra Koob-Pawis

Kobo ebook | August 24, 2010 | German

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Unmöglich ihre Liebe, unbeugsam ihr Wille

Kyra kennt nichts anderes als ihre Welt – fernab von jeder Zivilisation lebt sie mit ihrer Familie in einer Mormonen-Sekte, in der Polygamie und Zwangsheirat die Regel sind. Bisher hat Kyra die Regeln nur zögerlich hinterfragt. Doch dann soll sie einen viel älteren Mann heiraten – der zudem noch ihr Onkel ist. Dabei ist sie heimlich verliebt – in den jungen, gutaussehenden Joshua. Als ihre Wünsche den festgesetzten Rahmen ihrer Existenz sprengen, gerät alles, was ihr lieb und teuer ist, in Gefahr …

Title:AuserkorenFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:August 24, 2010Publisher:cbtLanguage:German

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ISBN - 10:3641041007

ISBN - 13:9783641041007

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Courtesy of Lost for Words This is a haunting and gripping tale of a young girl, growing up in a polygamous sect. She has been promised to her sixty-year-old uncle and is in defiance of this arranged marriage. She has been secretly meeting another boy, Joshua, and has fallen in love with him. This book follows her struggles as she comes to terms with the lighter, and darker sides of her religion. She must make some difficult choices. Either way, she will lose something. This is a poignant read and will resonate with readers for a long time after it has been finished. The lifestyle alone is something that many of us can't understand and don't agree with. For Kyra, all she knows is that you must be wed to a man, and he must have at least three wives. You must bear his children, and through your husband you will obtain heaven. Kyra has had to mature rapidly as she helps both her pregnant mother, and helps take care of all of her younger siblings. She barely has any time to herself, but she still manages to meet the Mobile Library, and borrow a book every week. If the Apostles found out, she would be punished severely as reading, other than reading the Bible, is forbidden. The current Prophet of the sect religiously has Days of Cleansing and will do anything on these days, including burning everything that could be deemed as sinful. The characters were exceedingly well developed, and within pages it felt like I was immersed in Kyra's life. The hatred I felt for her uncle was astonishing. He is a terrible man, and it's hard to believe that he, and Kyra's father are brothers. Kyra's father gives us hope that there are decent men in the compound who treat their wives kindly, and do not treat them as objects. Meanwhile, her uncle has 6 wives, and wants a young girl to "break in" and "train". He is absolutely appalling. We get to feel Kyra's love for her family, and her love for Joshua, and her abject horror at marrying a man well over 50 years her senior. Her situation is incredibly sad, and all too real. All in all, this is a must read. It is breathtaking, heartbreaking, and intense in its portrayal. It will ravage you emotionally.
Date published: 2010-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I absolutely loved this book! I recommend others should read this book. Its so sad, and uggh, i almost cried. This book is amazing. This other did a great job. :)
Date published: 2010-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Emotional Journey I'm so glad I read this book. I've never read anything about polygamist society before and it was quite the experience living it through a young 13 year old girl. This book pulls at the heart strings, I could feel Kyra's struggle and emotions as if they were my own. Beautifully written and I read it in one sitting because I just had to know how things would end up for poor Kyra.
Date published: 2009-10-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Quick Read It was good. It wasn't my style but it still held my interest. I liked the idea, but I expected more of it.
Date published: 2009-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i cried. This book was intense. First of all how, people choose to live their lives is their choice. people shouldn't be discriminated, or hated for how they live. if people choose to be gay or be straight. its no one else's buisness but their own. if people are brought up a polygamist, its their choice to leave or stay, and no one else should force them to do otherwise. but this book, really open my eyes. it was really deep. it made me cry. and it made me understand more about polygamist. and even though i disagreed with most of the stuff that happen in the novel. but, everything kyra had to go through was really too much. i still thought it was really good. it touched me. and i believe everyone should read this novel. ( L )
Date published: 2009-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Chosen One OH MY FREAKING GOSH! This book, in my opinion, is absolutely amazing! The book is about a 13 year old girl named Kyra who lives in an isolated community. Her father has three wives, and she has 20 brothers and sisters. Her community believes to get into Heaven, they must not follow Satan, which includes doing things like not reading anything but the bible, or not having 3 wives and children with all of them. When the Prophet tells Kyra she must marry her 60 year-old uncle, she knows she has to get away. The boy she loves, Joshua, tries to help her, as does the kind man who drives the Ironton County Mobile Library on Wheels, but nothing will stop the community from getting what they want--all in the name of the Lord. Will Kyra escape? I love love love love this book. The end brought me to tears, and you'll want to jump into it and save Kyra. This book is absolutely worth reading. :)
Date published: 2009-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Good, Very Insightful This is an awesome, must read story about The Chosen One's. The Chosen One's are polygamists, very similar to the FLDS and although the story is fiction its very portraying. Williams did a wonderful job delving into the mind of a terrified 13 year old girl struggling to follow what she has been taught. Its not an original story, but very well written.
Date published: 2009-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from words cant explain. I LOVED this book. I can’t even put it into word. I watched big love (polygamy TV show) and thought it was going to be like the show, but it was SO much better!!! When I thought I had the novel figured out, I was wrong. Amazing! a MUST read!
Date published: 2009-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow. Amazingly powerful. This book with get you turning pages like crazy. Its so suspenseful. Everything is so twisted. Carol Lynch Williams created such a in powering main character, Kyra. I love her attitude, the never giving in one. I love how she fights till the end. I know this book might wanna make you cry but I'm happy to say it has a happy ending.
Date published: 2009-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Fantastic Choice Carol Lynch Williams' The Chosen One has been the recipient of a multitude of high praise, despite the fact that it has yet to be released. In fact, right on the cover of the ARC edition, it's referred to as "compelling", "powerful", "a masterpiece", "an important book"... With heralds like that, one begins the book with high expectations. Despite that, The Chosen One does not disappoint. In fact, it even surpassed those high expectations, for the most part. (Just a random side observation - this is also a book written in present tense; how uncanny!) Williams has boiled down to the essence of a thirteen year old voice with the bare minimums in Kyra. The storytelling style is simultaneously captivating and credible. The flashback memories are incorporated well, the tale flows beautifully, and a sense of immediacy is created between the reader and Kyra. The one thing that irked me slightly was the random changes to poetry format. A few of them worked well, but some of the others just felt like overkill. Had the transition been a little more smooth, they might all have worked, but as it were, a few of them just felt fragmented and interrupted the otherwise amazing flow. Kyra is characterized fantastically as a main protag. Pathos is generated masterly, and readers will be carried along on the intense ride of emotions, feeling their hearts go out to this thirteen year old girl with whom they may not have a lot in common with, but will find themselves unable to remain removed from her compelling tale. Emotions were conveyed beautifully. The supporting cast was also portrayed very well. It was easy to be swept along with the story. When Kyra was wronged by those around her, I felt angry at the perpetrators, at the Prophet, at her uncle. And such was the power of Kyra's narration - the emotions of the characters have the ability to overtake the reader before he or she is consciously aware of it. A lot of the concepts in this novel offer insight into a world that's so close to our own, but that we don't really know a lot about. It's thought-provoking, and it'll probably draw in some controversy after its release, but especially with the amount of polygamy stories hitting the news recently, the conversations provoked will definitely be interesting. The Mobile Library on Wheels - now that is one awesome thing. The many twists towards the end though - and this is a book which pulls you along in the story really well, without having you try to predict the answers beforehand because you're too engrossed in the present - those are very shocking and powerful. I, for one, was pretty much blown away by the progression of the climax. The Chosen One is definitely going to be a book widely discussed after its release. From the awesome hook of an opening line, " 'If I was going to kill the prophet,' I say, not even keeping my voice low, 'I'd do it in Africa.' (Williams 1, ARC Edition)" to the chilling climax, to the hopeful end, The Chosen One is an unforgettable, heartbreaking tale.
Date published: 2009-05-06