Title: Rise of the Chosen
Author: Anna Kopp
Published: October 4th 2016
Publisher: Blue Moon Publishers
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, LGBT
Length: 210 pages
Source: NetGalley eARC
Book Blurb (via Goodreads):
In Sam’s world there are two rules. Rule #1: Nobody dies. Protect the living at all costs. Rule #2: Everybody dies. At least once.
The Waking was a global event in which a force called the Lifeblood invaded all humans who died. The few strong enough to control it came back as powerful immortals. The rest let the bloodlust take over and awoke with one goal – to kill.
Newly appointed Watch Guard Samantha Shields has a legacy to uphold. Her father died a hero defending their city and now she wants to follow in his footsteps. Except for the dying part, of course. Unfortunately, fate has other plans as she discovers deep dark secrets that make her choose between her loyalties and the lives of everyone in her city. Both rules are in play as Sam is forced to make hard decisions that could cost her everything – including the person she cares about most.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this novel when I first picked it up. Zombie type novels can be really hit or miss and I was a little wary going into this one. While there were some aspects of this novel that I felt were a bit contrived, the story overall was brilliant and I thoroughly enjoyed this one.
Sam lives in a world where everyone’s life is to be protected at all costs. If someone dies, they’ll most likely come back as Woken – zombie-like creatures who thrive on killing others. Occasionally though, the Lifeblood saves someone and they’re Chosen instead. They retain all their thoughts and functions but are still zombies, basically. Sam is a Watch Guard, charged with protecting the innocent. When her home is attacked and more incidents seem to follow her around, Sam is about to get a harsh look into the true lives of the Chosen and Woken.
So, it’s a zombie book, and that instantly makes it a little cliché. The biggest issue I had with this one was that Sam was such a special snowflake. Without going into spoilers, Sam is the only person who just happens to have a certain power that makes her the only person who can do x thing. Yeah, it’s that kind of story.
The thing that made this book so interesting for me was the fact that not everyone came back as a mindless zombie that was just out to kill everything. There was a group actively seeking to convert people so that the human race would become super-charged (everyone would technically be dead but they would all be faster, stronger, and ‘live’ forever).
Hidden societies, secret agendas, Rise of the Chosen has it all and it was an exciting read for those things alone. While it wasn’t the most original concept, I still very much enjoyed losing myself in this world. This is definitely one for fans of zombie books or post-apocalyptic novels.
About the Author
I am a writer from Ohio, though I was born and raised in Russia. As a child, reading and writing for me was basically like breathing. My parents’ idea of “grounding” me was kicking me outside to play. That passion hasn’t waned even after having to learn a new language.
I’m a US Army veteran, a wife and business partner to a software developer, and a mom to two rambunctious boys.
I love reading, writing, and playing World of Warcraft. I’m a true geek at heart and would love nothing more than to see my imagination become a part of something greater.
*Picture and Biography from Goodreads