Kyra has lived her entire life as one of The Chosen Ones, a group of families living on a compound in the desert.
She has three mothers, her father’s three wives, and twenty brothers and sisters, with two more on the way. They are not allowed books, except the Bible, television, or contact with the outside world. When the Prophet and his Apostles announce a visit to Kyra’s family, they are excited and hopeful that Kyra’s father has been chosen to join the Apostles. The family is shocked to learn that the reason for the visit is that the Prophet has had a vision from God that thirteen year old Kyra is to become the seventh wife of one of the Apostles: her father’s sixty year old brother Hyrum. Kyra immediately rejects the idea in her heart and mind, but the Prophet is the voice of God to her family, and disobedience is not tolerated.
The Chosen One is a great read. Kyra is caught in an impossible situation, and works through every possible solution. The Prophet and Apostles are terrifying, and Kyra’s family powerless. As the book progresses, Kyra’s situation becomes more and more desperate, as she learns more about Uncle Hyrum, and as she realizes more about the nature of The Prophet and Apostles. This book shows clearly how abuse, isolation and ignorance can be used to control people, and Kyra's thinking is fascinating as she realizes how far she will have to go to avoid marrying her uncle.