Feathers Flights // Sewing Blog: One Divided E-Book Review and Giveaway

3.24.2014

One Divided E-Book Review and Giveaway

Since I'm nursing a lot, I've had more time to read than usual. I mean, I finally read Allegiant! Well, I randomly found an e-book, One Divided (The Chosen), on Amazon that was only $0.99 and really enjoyed it, so I thought I would do a review and a giveaway of the e-book.
One Divided (The Chosen) Summary from Goodreads:
Ethan has tried desperately over the past year to shed his 'brainy' label and convince his sixth grade classmates that he is not a smart-freak by doing his best at doing poorly. Scholastically he failed marvelously, but has harvested little from the fields of popularity due mostly to the blight of his eleven year old brother Charles. Charles skipped a grade to join Ethan's class and with his success none of Ethan's classmates have been able to forget Ethan's past. Ethan's priorities start to shift though, when his parents leave town and an eccentric old family friend, Professor Topal, arrives to tutor them for the summer break. Using peculiar teaching methods, the Professor awakens a dormant knowledge long hidden in the dark recesses of their minds, aiding Charles and Ethan in rediscovering a startling truth: that they are members of the ancient order of the Chosen. 

Taught by the White Circle for centuries in the time outside of time, the Chosen learned to control and harness the amazing strength of the three Gifts of Power: the Gifts of Light, Earth, and Mind. Now, they are locked in a desperate struggle against the spreading influence of the evil Fallen One and his servants the Daragon, members of the Chosen who have fallen to the siren song of greater power. 

When Ethan's lingering desire to be popular causes him to deliberately disregard the Professor's warning, his brother is forcefully torn from his side amidst smoke and flame by the Daragon and taken to the Shadowlands, the dark realm of the Fallen. With the help of the old Professor, Charrid the gatekeeper, and Calissa, who holds a cold bitterness towards Ethan, they travel to the Shadowlands where they find an unlooked for comrade in the form of the disfigured, hobbled Map. Ethan must traverse the dark mists of the Shadowlands and use his newly discovered Gifts to recover Charles before the bitter taint of the Shadowlands corrupt his soul.


I really liked this book. It was a quick and easy read. As a mom I can only read books that don't make me cry and that I can jump in and out of quickly, and this book fit both of those. The plot was fast enough to keep me engaged, but not too fast that I couldn't put it down. I know some people really love books they can't put down, but it's too hard for me to be a mom and read books like that. I really loved way the author wrote the descriptions. It pulled me into the book and made the characters come alive. My favorite characters were the helpful friends they found in the Shadowlands. They just made me smile. 

The book's main character is twelve, so it is definitely for a younger audience. It would be really fun to read with kids though, and I appreciated that it was clean. I've read a lot of distopia books, but some of them have too much violence for me. I would recommend One Divided to anyone as a fun book to read with kids. The only thing I didn't like was that I think this book is the beginning of a series, so it leaves you wanting more! 
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Heather

1 comment:

  1. My almost-12-year-old would love this. He is best buds with his middle school librarian b/c he gets a new book every. single. day. Seriously. But I doubt all of them are squeaky clean- it's good to find a fiction author that is. And I'd read it too, b/c I love to read, just like him.

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