Mari is the daughter of the Moon Woman, the most important woman in the Earth Walker Clan. Meant to inherit her mother’s place of honor in their Clan, Mari has her mother’s ability to cure the sick by harnessing the power of the moon. But Mari has never quite felt like she belonged in the Clan she has grown up in. Perhaps that is because Mari is not fully Earth Walker, a fact she must hide from the other members of the Clan. But when her Clan is attacked, Mari embarks on a quest to save her people. Nik has never grown into the role he was meant to play. Son of the tribe leader, he has yet to be matched with a pup. But, like Mari, he is willing to do whatever it takes for the good of his tribe. When an important pup goes missing, Nik sets out to find the stray dog.
Mari and Nik soon cross paths, and the result is unexpected. Also unexpected is the danger the two find lurking in their world. With no other options, Mari must break Clan Law and form an alliance with Nik, son of a rival tribe leader. She can only hope that her Clan will understand the choices she made… if she can find a way to save them before the evil destroys them all.
"P.C. Cast used a lot of creativity in constructing MOON CHOSEN’s setting. In a world ruled by rival clans, she manages to weave in different characteristics that make each tribe unique. "
MOON CHOSEN by P.C. Cast introduces readers to a remarkably interesting world. In the beginning of the novel, readers are introduced to Mari, the artistic teenage girl who wants nothing more than to make her mother happy. The relationship between Mari and her mother is very sweet, and it is evident they care deeply for one another. Mari struggles with who she truly is, which is to be expected. Mari is the daughter of two different rival tribe members, and if her own Clan knew where part of her heritage came from, Mari would be outcast. Still, Mari cannot understand why she should have to be different from those around her. Although Mari is a very kind character, there is little else to say about her personality. Nik, the other main character in MOON CHOSEN has a bit more personality than Mari. He, too, struggles with being different from his tribe. Nik feels pressure to live up to the expectations of his father. The dialogue of both the two main characters does not flow well with the novel and at times it seems fake. Still, readers will enjoy reading the characters’ stories.
P.C. Cast used a lot of creativity in constructing MOON CHOSEN’s setting. In a world ruled by rival clans, she manages to weave in different characteristics that make each tribe unique. Another element in the novel is magic. Each tribe seems to have their own magical quality about it: Earth Walkers with their Moon, the Companions with their dogs, and more. MOON CHOOSEN seems to be setting the stage for future sequels in this series, as there is a lot of information and relatively little action. It is easy to get lost in the details and readers may get confused. Overall, MOON CHOSEN by P.C. Cast is a unique story full of magic and danger. Although the characters may be lacking, the rich setting will keep readers occupied.
Reviewed by Kate F., Teen Board Member on October 27, 2016