Ted Dekkerís novel, Chosen, is a tale of adventure, obedience, and promise. In a single day, Johnis, a young boy of the Forest, finds himself thrust into two positions for which he didnít bargain -- forcing him to step out of his comfort zone and grow more than he thought possible.
Dekker does a fantastic job of paralleling the story of salvation as he pulls the reader through a masterfully-woven plot. His characters form believable (yet very different) relationships with each other. His true talent shows in one particular scene in which Johnis bravely offers to sacrifice himself so that his companions can escape.
On a fluke, Johnis finds himself a squad leader of the Forest Guard at age sixteen. Then, while trying to survive his first assignment, he learns that he has been chosen by Elyon (God) to carry out a far greater mission that will consume his life. He is to reunite the seven Books of History and keep them out of the hands of Teeleh (Satan), and he is to begin immediately. Now he must somehow convince the three other, more qualified, squad leaders to follow him as he takes a complete leap of faith into hell itself.
Though Johnis himself is not particularly Christ-like, he does command the others to follow him wherever he goes, and he also offers to sacrifice himself to save them. The other characters learn to respect him, and a strong bond is formed among the four squad leaders.
Overall, this is a fantastic piece of writing, and I recommend it to any and all in middle school and older. -- Rebecca R. Blomenberg, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
The land of the Forest Dwellers has been decimated by the Horde under the watchful eye of the vilest of all creatures, Teeleh. Thomas Hunter, supreme commander of the Forest Guard, is forced to lower the recruitment age of his army from 18 to 16. From among thousands, four new recruits are chosen to lead--and perhaps die--for the greater good.
The chosen four are sent on a quest to prove their character, but their mission takes a dramatic turn when they are intercepted, sworn to secrecy, and redirected to a different endgame. Now they must find the seven lost Books of History. Books that have power over the past, present, and future. Books whose words are alive. Books sought by the Dark One that control not only the destiny of their world . . . but that of ours as well.