This is a tough review to write. "Chosen Ones" hit all the notes a dystopian YA novel is supposed to hit. So in that sense, it was a success. But there was a grimness to this novel that really got to me. I don't know if it was Tess and how she was written, her internal emotional struggles, or if it was just the oppression of the "naturals" and how bad things really were for them. All I know is it was tough to finish. By the time I reached the last pages, when we finally learn more about the resistance and Tess escapes, I was almost too emotionally exhausted to care. I believe this is a good story, I really do, but I am glad the next book isn't immediately available. I could use the break.