Mari is an Earth Walker, heir to the unique healing powers of her Clan, but she has been forced to turn from her duties, until she is chosen by a special animal ally, altering her destiny forever. When a deadly attack tears her world apart, Mari reveals the strength of her powers and the forbidden secret of her dual nature as she embarks on a mission to save herself and her people. It is not until Nik, the son of the leader from a rival, dominating Tribe, strays across her path that Mari experiences something she has never felt before…
Now evil is coming, and with it, a force more terrible and destructive than the world has ever seen, leaving Mari to cast the shadows from the earth. By breaking Clan Law and forming an alliance with Nik, she must make herself ready. Ready to save her people. Ready to save herself and Nik. Ready to embrace her true destiny…and battle the forces that threaten to destroy them all.
I’m 100% completely glad that I borrowed and read this book from the library. In the worst way. Spoilers below!
Moon Chosen is told from many differing points of view. However, there are 3 main views that we read from. Mari, Nik, and Dead Eye. We see Mari the most, Nik second, and Dead Eye the least.
Even before actually sitting down to read Moon Chosen, my view of the book changed a few times. I was told that this story is a horrible book that depicts native american culture in a bad light. They were right.
I honestly don’t know what to think of Moon Chosen. While the synopsis makes the book seems interesting, the actual play out of the novel is anything but. What I thought would be an Dystopian type novel set in the deep words of Moon Chosen’s world, we actually got quite a bit of racism, slavery, sadist killings, and almost genocide.
Another thing that bothered me about Moon Chosen and the way that Cast decided to write her characters was that the men in Mari’s Earth Walker Clan are described as brutal and akin to monsters. They’re all described as savages, childlike and that they can’t take care of themselves — which they are not, and they can take care of themselves. They way that Mari’s Clan is treated…in one word would be… unjustly.
Nik’s people call themselves a Tribe. This Tribe are selfish and totally intrusive. They enslave the Earth Walkers and are completely complacent and content in letting the Earth Walkers rot in their encampments. They hunt and capture the Earth Walkers.
Dead Eye is a character that I absolutely don’t like. The story could’ve been well without this added character. Dead Eye is such a bother in this novel, that I can’t even particulate into words how much I don’t like this character.
There are definite racist elements to the novel. And it’s not just in one part, either. It’s scattered throughout the book, and it’s horrible.
Another thing that I don’t like about Moon Chosen is the way that some of the interaction that the characters have with one another. Sometimes the conversation flows smoothly. When the story or conversation doesn’t flow, the conversations and story begins to feel choppy and forced.
For the rest of the story, everything was all over the place. Throughout the book I felt like that Cast actually had 3 different books going, with separate plots and the like, yet Cast decided to lump them all together, forming Moon Chosen. There are actually whole chapters of a certain character that I didn’t read, because I can’t stand said character.
The epilogue couldn’t been used as the opening for the next book, and I actually totally forgot about this character.
I really didn’t enjoy this book at all, and only gave it 1 of 5 stars on Goodreads. It was painful even giving this book one star.
Have you read Moon Chosen? Did you enjoy it at all?