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Each month, BuzzFeed Books selects one exciting new book for members to read together.
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This May, we're reading Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth. Read an excerpt here.
Veronica Roth’s highly-anticipated adult fiction debut asks the question: What happens to people who've saved the world, after the rest of the world moves on? It's a smart, nimble story about five disillusioned twentysomethings struggling to find the normalcy they granted the rest of the world when they destroyed the Dark One. But when one of the chosen five dies on the 10th anniversary of the Dark One's defeat, the survivors suspect the worst — that perhaps they aren’t actually rid of it. Get your copy.
We asked Roth to tell us a bit about how the book came to be. Here's what she had to say:
Like any good reader of science fiction and fantasy, I grew up on a diet of “chosen one” stories. You probably did, too, so you know the drill: a character, usually young, is set apart for a special destiny. Usually it involves saving the world. Harry Potter, Buffy, Neo, Paul Atreides, the Animorphs — those are the Chosen Ones I grew up with. And I loved watching them save the day. I even wrote about one in my first book, Divergent.
A couple years ago, I got curious about what might become of our heroes after. Not so much the next adventure, but the next mundane thing. The first time Harry visited the grocery store after bringing down the Dark Lord. How Paul Atreides felt when he was getting ready for bed, after taking control of the Empire. The first time Neo experimented with controlling the Matrix, after he realized he was the One. (Personally, I would try to walk through a wall, cartoon-style.)
Chosen Ones is an exploration of that after. It’s about the mundane moments of my five Chosen Ones — boobytrapping their apartments out of lingering paranoia, deciding what kind of low key disguise to wear on the El — but also their big ones — revisiting their trauma as the world starts to break around them. It’s my way of playing with our Big Stories, our Chosen One stories, while also taking their traumatic effects seriously.
But the longer I wrote, the more my focus narrowed from the Big Idea of the five of them in their aftermath to the character of Sloane herself: lost, angry, clever…and trying to figure out what to be, now that she’s no longer a Chosen One.
Illustrations by Julian Targowski for BuzzFeed.