About the Book:
Like all citizens since the Ruining, Carrington Hale knows the importance of this day. But she never expected the moment she’d spent a lifetime preparing for—her Choosing ceremony—to end in disaster. Ripped from her family, she’ll spend her days serving as a Lint, the lowest level of society. She knows it’s her duty to follow the true way of the Authority.
But as Carrington begins this nightmare, rumors of rebellion rattle her beliefs. Though the whispers contradict everything she’s been told, they resonate deep within.
Then Carrington is offered an unprecedented chance at the life she’s always dreamed of, yet she can’t shake the feeling that it may be an illusion. With a killer targeting Lints and corruption threatening the highest levels of the Authority, Carrington must uncover the truth before it destroys her.
“I plead free.” (p. 248)
Arianna Carlton’s words, in this moment, were the most powerful words spoken to me as I read Rachelle Dekker’s debut novel, The Choosing. Carrington Hale, the protagonist in this futuristic tale, is also profoundly affected by Arianna’s words. For her, these words become the catalyst of significant change in her life. She must choose between the truth and the illusion she has believed as truth. To discern between them could cost her very life.
Rachelle Dekker takes readers into a plausible futuristic society. People throughout history have always preferred the illusion of safety by blindly placing their faith in others who will make the hard decisions for them, and spare them the perceived danger of placing their faith in an unseen God who loves them just as they are. Rigid laws trump the love of God time and time again. It was the rigid law of the land that sent Jesus to the cross. Dekker builds on this fact of the human condition and takes her characters on a precarious journey through rigid laws to a place of freedom.
Freedom comes in knowing who you are in Christ. Dekker presents this truth in a way that an unbeliever will grasp and that will challenge believers in their own faith journey. This is a brilliant debut novel that introduces readers to an exciting and thought-provoking new author.
Like Arianna – I plead free!! AMEN!!
About the Author:
The oldest daughter of New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker, Rachelle Dekker was inspired early on to discover truth through storytelling. She graduated with a degree in communications and spent several years in marketing and corporate recruiting before making the transition to write full time. She lives in Nashville with her husband, Daniel, and their diva cat Blair. Visit her online at www.rachelledekker.com.