The Chosen by Taran Matharu (Contender #1)
English | 2019 | Young adult | ePUB | 465 Kb
The Chosen : The Chosen introduces the epic Contender trilogy from Taran Matharu, author of the New York Times–bestselling Summoner series.
Throughout history, people have vanished with no explanation. A group of teenagers are about to discover why.
Cade is settling into a new boarding school, contemplating his future, when he finds himself transported to another realm. He soon discovers their new world is populated with lost remnants from the past: prehistoric creatures, ancient relics, and stranger still—people. Overwhelmed by his new surroundings, Cade has little time to adjust, for soon he and his fellow classmates are forced to become contenders in a brutal game, controlled by mysterious overlords. But who are these beings and why did they choose these teens? Cade must prepare for battle . . . because hiding is not an option.
“It had been too immediate for him to be dreaming. One moment he was looking at the moon, and the next he was standing on a ledge in the depths of a rocky canyon. Before he could give this surreal turn of events more thought, the creature had appeared, slinking out from behind the boulders in the narrow bottom of the chasm.
He was pressed against a rock wall covered in a fine red powder, but there was little purchase for climbing. It was smooth like marble, with the orange glow of what he assumed was the setting sun visible in the swathe of sky forty feet above him.
And it worried Cade that the sun was setting. He had never tried to sleep standing up before, and the ledge was too thin for him to lie down. But if he sat and dangled his feet over the edge, he would be within reach of the monster below. This situation didn’t seem to have a happy ending.
It also didn’t help that a jagged rock was pressed uncomfortably into his spine. Just his luck; the rock wall was smooth everywhere but the space he had to lean against. He decided that if these were to be his last moments, they might as well be comfortable. The ledge extended a few feet across, so he shuffled to his left.
He winced as his movement agitated the creature, its low growling turning to yelps of excitement as it jumped at him. Its thick black nails scrabbled at the rock, trying to find a toehold so it could reach the thin ledge.
Each time Cade looked below, he felt gorge rise in his throat. He was trying to think clearly, despite the frantic pulse of his heart in his temples. It was all he could do to stop himself from hyperventilating.
Cade took a deep breath and turned his head to the side. The protrusion was a black stone embedded in the wall, tapered to a rough point. It seemed out of place, a drop of sable in the sea of rust.”