Unchosen by Katharyn Blair
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.
I ended up really loving this one!
Unchosen isn’t quite your typical zombie story. Charlotte and her sisters are together, but their parents were turned. The Crimson hit and the virus is spread by a Vessel looking at a person in the eyes. There is said to be a Chosen One that will break the curse. Charlotte’s younger sister, Vanessa, is that person. Along with her older sister, Harlow, Charlotte tries everything to keep Vanessa safe. Even if it means risking her own life. Charlotte is taken, but kind of by choice. She wants to save Harlow’s boyfriend, Dean. Charlotte has actually been in love with Dean since she was young, but he fell for Harlow. Charlotte doesn’t feel special like her sisters. Harlow is this badass fighter and Vanessa is a level ten gymnast. So Charlotte makes the quick decision to do whatever she can to help. Most of the book takes place on ships. There are Runners that sell Curseclean. Charlotte meets a new group of people that help Charlotte see that she is so much more than she realizes.
What I loved most about this book was the relationships. The siblings, Charlotte and Dean, and the group Charlotte meets later on. Seth is definitely my favorite person in the book. My heart broke for him more than once. I actually loved that whole group. I also loved Charlotte’s growth and how her self esteem improved. She got so much stronger. There are some plot twists in the book and the pacing was good throughout.
I gave this book 4 1/2 stars rounded up to 5 on Goodreads. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for my review copy.
Warnings for blood, drowning, loss of parents, captivity, death.
Have you read this? Is it on your TBR?