Chills -- the first few pages of this book gave me chills right away. From the sterile, no-nonsense world of the Chosen Ones, we see what the world would be like if emotions and human drives could be removed from existence. There are so many good lines in this book, for example "Choice doesn't necessarily mean freedom." Over and over, Tess must make a choice that almost never equates freedom.
Life is bleak but uncomplicated for sixteen-year-old Tess, living in a not-too-distant future where the government, faced with humanity's extinction, created the Chosen Ones, artificial beings who are extraordinarily beautiful, unbelievably strong, and unabashedly deadly.
When Tess begins work at Templeton, a Chosen Ones training facility, she meets James, and the attraction is immediate in its intensity, overwhelming in its danger. But there is more to Templeton than Tess ever knew. Can she stand against her oppressors, even if it means giving up the only happiness in her life?