The Chosen (B&N Exclusive Edition) (Contender Series #1)

The Chosen (B&N Exclusive Edition) (Contender Series #1)

by Taran Matharu

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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 in a "therapeutic" 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250249753
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication date: 06/04/2019
Series: Contender Series , #1
Edition description: B&N Exclusive Edition
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 4,981
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Taran Matharu is the author of the New York Times-bestselling Summoner Trilogy: The Novice (Book One), The Inquisition (Book Two), The Battlemage (Book Three), The Outcast (the prequel), and The Summoner's Handbook. The series has been compared to the Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings series. Taran Matharu lives in London. Follow him on Twitter.

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The Chosen 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Lazlo Jeffries 11 months ago
That ending.....
RobMills92 11 months ago
Where to begin! With so many plates to spin I wasn't sure the author would succeed but damn was I wrong. A mysterious alien contest, loads of historical figures (roman history always gets bonus points from me) and a thrilling adventure. Cade is a relatable young hero who feels like a real person on the page. Can't wait for the next one!
onemused 11 months ago
MAZE RUNNER meets LAND OF THE LOST in this engaging page-turner full of twists and turns in an epic tale of survival and history. Cade was accused of stealing laptops found under his bed at his wealthy private school (which he attended on scholarship). He was innocent and his roommate the likely culprit, but his public defender convinced him to take the plea deal. Thus, Cade is now in a military reform school, which is maybe a step above juvie, and his life is not easy there. However, one day, he wakes up somewhere different- a world beyond what he could have imagined, with danger around every turn. Why he was brought there and what he must do to get out are anything but clear. As he pieces together the clues and fights to stay alive, the countdown clock adds pressure to the whole situation. Adding onto that the interpersonal relationships with the boys who were also brought from the school and the new people they find in this strange place, this book is action-packed and full of mystery/suspense. What I loved: The book has a steady pace that allows the reader to absorb all the new information about this world and still feel the suspense. There’s a lot of interesting facts about history and great knowledge/strategy required in the journey that added to the book’s appeal. Cade is really the character we get to know best, and he’s a great leader, intelligent, brave, and considerate. The other characters are some people I would like to know better in future books, but there are a few that I found particularly engaging/intriguing (particularly the girls and Quintus). The world-building was really the focus here, and this is incredibly strong in this book- this unique setting really comes to life through the text. Cade is also an appearing Indian American of mixed ethnicities/race, which adds some extra elements, particularly to the first part of the book (in terms of some heavy racism). This kind of representation is really important in middle grade/YA, and this is a great book that includes these elements plus a main character of color. Final verdict: With dinosaurs, Romans, and a battle for survival, THE CHOSEN is absolutely fascinating and quite the page turner. I would highly recommend for fans of fantasy/sci-fi looking for something unique and full of suspense/mystery. Please note that I received an ARC through netgalley. All opinions are my own.
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HugsandKissesforBooks 9 months ago
Twisted adventure! Thanks to NetGalley, Feiwel and Friends and Goodreads (giveaway winner) for the opportunity to read and review The Chosen by Taran Matharu! Cade has ended up in a reform center for juvenile delinquents because of his roommate’s theft. Cade attends the center trying to figure out how to stay under the radar. Six months into his yearlong stay, he finds himself on a cliff ledge facing a creature that wants him for a snack. The chapters alternate between Cade in the center and then somewhere else fighting for his life for a few chapters. Then the story continues with Cade trying to survive and understand his new surroundings full of creatures, people from the past and other creatures and technology that have no explanations. The codex is a tech device that Cade has never seen before and it answers several questions and explains that Cade is a contender in the qualifying round which is being counted down on the Codex’s display. The ending lays out the truth of Cade’s circumstances and all its complications. An unusual tale of a twisted adventure, 4 stars! * I received a complimentary copy of this book for voluntary review consideration and all opinions and thoughts are my own.
Lisa_Loves_Literature 10 months ago
This is my first book by this author, and I was not disappointed at all. I can totally see what all the fuss about the other series has been about. This book was definitely a page turner. I loved all the history in the book, and the whole vibe of the historical people and animals and places reminded me of the tv show Land of the Lost. A favorite show of mine. And then there was the whole competition thing. From the beginning it was in my head that maybe it was aliens. Then maybe it was futuristic humans. The book really keeps you pretty much guessing till close to the end when the qualifying competition is about to begin. There's a lot of great action in this, characters that you really are interested in and want to either see succeed, or get what they deserve. I will definitely be ready to read book two whenever it is ready, as I need to know what else these characters will need to fight and do to save themselves, and possibly Earth itself.
Arnaldo_Penha_Costa 11 months ago
An amazing story tale with mystery and intrigue. I mean, come on dinosaurs and romans together?!?!?! Gotta love Cade too. RECOMMEND!
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Kendra Hughes 11 months ago
If you've read the Summoner series, you will LOVE this.
SkyeWright 11 months ago
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher I was able to read this book in exchange for an honest review. *** The Chosen by Taran Matharu is the first novel of the series that promises a lot of action, dinosaurs, violence, and death. Our MC is Cade who was sent to a reform school for a year after being caught with stolen laptops under his bed (they weren’t his). Six months into his time there he wakes up and finds himself... elsewhere and having to fight to survive immediately. The first part of the story moves quite slowly, it starts out going back and forth from him waking up someplace bizarre and dangerous and flashing back to the last six months he’s spent at the reform school already and forward until we’re all caught up and focuses specifically on where he’s at now. He joins up with other boys from the school that he finds as he wanders around trying to learn what he can. It’s a bit confusing but it works, you get to be as confused and lost as Cade as he tries to discover why he’s here and why everything from dinosaurs to the missing ninth legion to girls from the 1980s are all here and how, and work towards the answer with him. It’s a bit of mystery, is this real? Are they still on earth? Who is controlling all this and why? You really don’t get any of that answered until the very, very end to be honest but the journey is still fairly enjoyable. Cons to the book, there isn’t a lot of character development. You have a fair amount of side characters in the book but they are mostly forgettable. Most of the book is focused on Cade and what he decides to do and how it affects those with him.