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The Chosen

Our world has seen the rise and fall of many an empire.

The Aztecs.

The Incans.

The Romans.

Now, our human civilization has reached a technological age where we behold the wonders of ancient ages and cultures through shattered relics and bones. We like to believe that the past is one directional. That what once was could never be again. Yet, we fail to realize that there are pockets in the universe which lead to infinite possibilities.

Cade’s love of history was ignited by his father, a college history professor, and his brightly planned future began with Cade’s attendance at an elite private school. However, when he is accused of stealing after his roommate hides stolen laptops under his bed, Cade is forced to plead guilty. Despite his innocence, Cade knows that his status as a scholarship student makes him an easy scapegoat. Now at his new school for troubled teens, Cade bides his time by keeping his head down and pursuing his own independent studies.

By maintaining his distance, Cade’s attitude does little to attract the attention of bullies who seek bloodlust. Yet his indifference and passivity also causes him to repel any possibility of comradeship among his peers. After Cade’s days fall into a series of patterns, life takes an unexpected turn.

One moment he's falling asleep on his bed, and in the next, Cade finds himself transported to a prehistoric environment with ancient ruins, Roman cities, dinosaurs, and an endless sea of questions.

Why was Cade transported to this timeless place?

Who or what else exists on this planet?

For what purpose is Cade a contestant in an upcoming, sinister game?

Prepare yourself dear reader for you are among:

The Chosen.

Author Taran Matharu holds a singular imagination which created a gloriously chaotic world through masterful imagery that turns the improbable into a tangible reality. I was absolutely captivated by Cade’s battles, sense of wonder, and dread for his future while he voyages across a seemingly uninhabitable land.

The Chosen has a constant element of anticipation through vivid descriptions that create an almost cinematic experience. If you we're a fan of Michael Crichton’s works, like Jurassic Park, or Under the Dome by Stephen King you’ll definitely find yourself pulling an all-nighter to finish Taran Matharu’s The Chosen.



The Chosen (Contender #1)

by Taran Matharu Publisher: Feiwel and Friends Release Date: June 4th 2019

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction


Introducing an epic new trilogy from Taran Matharu, author of the New York Times–bestselling Summoner series.

Throughout history, people have vanished with no explanation. A group of teenagers are about to discover why.

Cade is settling into a new boarding school, contemplating his future, when he finds himself transported to another realm. He soon discovers their new world is populated with lost remnants from the past: prehistoric creatures, ancient relics, and stranger still — people. Overwhelmed by his new surroundings, Cade has little time to adjust, for soon he and his fellow classmates are forced to become contenders in a brutal game, controlled by mysterious overlords.

But who are these beings and why did they choose these teens? Cade must prepare for battle . . . because hiding is not an option.


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Taran Matharu is the New York Times bestselling author of the Summoner series, which has been translated into 15 languages and has sold over a million copies. He was born in London in 1990 and found a passion for writing during early adolescence, beginning his first book at 9 years old.

Straight after graduating with a First Class degree in Business Administration, Taran was keen to explore a new avenue and get inside the publishing world, landing an internship in Digital Sales at Penguin Random House, from June to September 2013.

Thereafter, while taking time off to travel, Taran began to write Summoner in November 2013 at the age of 22, taking part in ‘Nanowrimo 2013’ and sharing his work on The shared sample of the story went viral, reaching over 3 million reads in less than six months. Taran went on to launch his professional writing career, and has never looked back.

His Summoner series is published by Hodder Children’s (Hachette) in the UK, Australia and Commonwealth, Feiwel and Friends (Macmillan) in the US and Canada, Hachette Jeunesse in France, Heyne in Germany, Planeta in Spain, Crown in Taiwan, Record in Brazil, EKSMO in Russia, Jaguar in Poland, Ecliptic in Bulgaria, Alpress in the Czech Republic, Ithaki in Turkey, Forlaget Forar in Denmark and Unieboek in the Netherlands.


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