The Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling adult debut from Veronica Roth, author of Divergent
They were the Chosen Ones. Saving the world made them heroes. Saving it again might destroy them.
When Sloane Andrews and her friends defeated the Dark One, and saved the world, it nearly cost them everything. Ten years later, they are still struggling to put the battle behind them and reclaim their lives. After all, the rest of the world has moved on . . . so why can't they?
Of the five, Sloane has had the hardest time adjusting. Everyone else blames the PTSD - and her huge attitude problem - but really, she's hiding secrets from them . . . secrets that keep her tied to the past and alienate her from the only four people in the world who understand her.
On the tenth anniversary of the Dark One's defeat, something unthinkable happens: one of the Chosen Ones dies. When the others gather for the funeral, they discover the Dark One's ultimate goal was much bigger than they, the government, or even prophecy could have foretold - bigger than the world itself.
Last time, it took everything she had. This time, it might not be enough.
'I can't remember the last time I was so engrossed' Stephanie Garber, bestselling author of the Caraval series
'This dark, complex novel rocked my heart . . . You'll never look at fantasy heroes the same way again' Charlie Jane Anders, Hugo and Nebula Award winning author of All the Birds in the Sky
'A virtuoso performance' Blake Crouch, bestselling author of Dark Matter and Recursion
Roth's successful adult debut (following the bestselling YA Divergent series) puts the popular trope of the teenage "chosen one" under the microscope and delves into both the societal impacts of young shoulders carrying the weight of saving the world and the psychological strains of such a responsibility. Fifteen years ago, Sloan Andrews was one of the five "Chosen Ones" selected by prophecy to defeat the Dark One, a powerful evil that killed thousands of people. Navigating adult life after the defeat of the Dark One has been a struggle. Sloan is dogged by the media, plagued by PTSD, and encouraged to just get over it by her fellow Chosen One boyfriend. On the 10th anniversary of the Dark One's defeat, one of the five Chosen Ones dies, leading to revelations about the evil they thought they'd defeated and forcing Sloan to face secrets from her past. The inclusion of news reports and government documents initially slow the pace, though they help build a complex fantastical world. Roth handles heavy topics, including mental health and racism, with great care, and once the story picks up, readers will be delighted by both the magical adventure and the diverse cast. This is a thoughtful, well-crafted twist on a genre staple.