Katharyn Blair crafts a fiercely feminist fantasy with a horrifying curse, swoon-worthy sea captains, and the power of one girl to choose her own fate in this contemporary standalone adventure that’s perfect for fans of The Fifth Wave and Seafire, and for anyone who has ever felt unchosen.
For Charlotte Holloway, the world ended twice.
The first was when her childhood crush, Dean, fell in love—with her older sister.
The second was when the Crimson, a curse spread through eye contact, turned the majority of humanity into flesh-eating monsters.
Neither end of the world changed Charlotte. She’s still in the shadows of her siblings. Her popular older sister, Harlow, now commands forces of survivors. And her talented younger sister, Vanessa, is the Chosen One—who, legend has it, can end the curse.
When their settlement is raided by those seeking the Chosen One, Charlotte makes a reckless decision to save Vanessa: she takes her place as prisoner.
The word spreads across the seven seas—the Chosen One has been found.
But when Dean’s life is threatened and a resistance looms on the horizon, the lie keeping Charlotte alive begins to unravel. She’ll have to break free, forge new bonds, and choose her own destiny if she has any hope of saving her sisters, her love, and maybe even the world.
Because sometimes the end is just a new beginning.
Author: Katharyn Blair
Publication Date: January 26, 2021
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: Young Adult, Post-Apocalyptic, Fantasy, Romance
This book was everything! It had wonderful fantasy aspects that blended beautifully with the post-apocalyptic bits, swoony romance (with handsome sea captains), and just enough violence to give me a good scare at times.
UNCHOSEN had a strong start! It began with an exciting and nerve-wracking scene and then introduced the characters at a good pace. Things seemed to move at a good speed throughout the whole book really.
The plot was so intriguing! I never felt like things were dragging or dull. I was also very happy with how well things were balanced. Things were swoony and romantic when needed and then action-y and violent. I loved it!
Also, I felt the need to point out that I might have squealed when things started to move to the water. There were so many battles taking place on ships and on the water and I was getting pirate vibes and I was so here for it! If you’ve ever wondered how a book can combine zombie-like people with pirates, check this book out because it does so flawlessly.
Moving on to my favorite topic…the romance!! Let me just talk a second about our resident sea captain. Seth was everything this book needed. He added heart, some angst, and the ever needed shirtless scenes. But apart from his physical features (which were gorgeous), he was a great character and counterpart to our main character, Charlotte. I loved their verbal spares and the moments when they could just be themselves, even amidst a fallen world. Their relationship was so well-balanced and had just enough angst to make it perfect.
Speaking of this book being perfect, it had plot twist after plot twist. I love a good plot twist, something to make me gasp, and this book had a few. Just as I would think I could relax a twist would get thrown at me and I would be sucked back into the heart-pounding action. They were thrilling and infuriatingly wonderful.
Lastly, the feminist aspect of this book was spot-on. Like the rest of the book, the topic/theme was well balanced. I felt the strong females in the book and I heard the message it was conveying and loved it. These things all stood out without being shoved my face or being overbearing in any way.
Overall, this book was perfect. It combined so many different elements and genres beautifully and did so in one book. I’m so glad this was a standalone. I wish there were more fantasy/sci-fi standalones like this. No matter what genre you most enjoy, you have to check this book out!!!
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Author
I live in LA, drink way too much coffee, and write all day long — because I’m crazy blessed to do what I’ve been doing for fun since I was a kid hiding in my garage loft writing terrible, terrible vampire stories. Glitter enthusiast. Bethyl shipper. Pluviophile. Ask me about my Dean Winchester obsession. John 1:5.
I’m wife to Ross and mom to Aryn, Liam, and River Grace. Also, mom to Cricket (a dog, not an insect), Maximus Dogimus Meridius (a ferocious cuddlebug) Maggie Rhee (cat, not the bad ass from The Walking Dead), and Kovacs (no parenthetical needed for him).