Saturday, June 15, 2019

Blog Tour Review: The Chosen (Contender #1) by Taran Matharu

Title:  The Chosen
Author:  Taran Matharu
Contender #1
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release Date: June 4th 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Source: E-galley from FFBC  Tours which did not influence my opinion
My rating:  4 stars


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 settling into a new boarding 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.


My Review:
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.


Taran Matharu is the New York Times bestselling author of the Summoner series, which has been translated into 15 languages and has sold over a million copies. He was born in London in 1990 and found a passion for writing during early adolescence, beginning his first book at 9 years old.

Straight after graduating with a First Class degree in Business Administration, Taran was keen to explore a new avenue and get inside the publishing world, landing an internship in Digital Sales at Penguin Random House, from June to September 2013. 

Thereafter, while taking time off to travel, Taran began to write ‘Summoner’ in November 2013 at the age of 22, taking part in ‘Nanowrimo 2013’ and sharing his work on The shared sample of the story went viral, reaching over 3 million reads in less than six months. Taran went on to launch his professional writing career, and has never looked back.

His SUMMONER series is published by Hodder Children’s (Hachette) in the UK, Australia and Commonwealth, Feiwel and Friends (Macmillan) in the US and Canada, Hachette Jeunesse in France, Heyne in Germany, Planeta in Spain, Crown in Taiwan, Record in Brazil, EKSMO in Russia, Jaguar in Poland, Ecliptic in Bulgaria, Alpress in the Czech Republic, Ithaki in Turkey, Forlaget Forar in Denmark and Unieboek in the Netherlands.


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