The One Discovered: Chronicles of the Diasodz
by Yvette Calleiro
I just read Yvette Callerio’s “The One Discovered” along with my 16-year-old great niece, who’s visiting from Atlanta. This is the exact genre she likes, and I encouraged her to read this book as part of a reading list I assembled for her when she came a few weeks ago.
The story focuses on 17-year-old Sofia, who lives a fairly standard life. She’s a high school senior, looking forward to going to college. She has a steady boyfriend, Rafe, who’s been her best friend since birth. Her mother and his mother are also best friends. Everything is moving along swimmingly until a mysterious (and overwhelmingly handsome) stranger shows up in on of Sofia’s dreams. He begins communicating with her, flirting with her, and even instilling passionate feelings in her unlike anything she’s ever felt with Rafe.
Sofia’s normal life is now not-so-normal anymore.
Sofia, as it turns out, is the target of this handsome guy, Ar’ch, and his brother, Angel, who have been sent to bring her home to their dimension to a place called Diasodz, to fulfill a prophesy that a young girl born and raised on Earth would be the savior of the race.
But how do they break the news to Sofia? How do they convince her that she is indeed “the chosen one,” when she just wants to do her school work, get into college and get on with her life on Earth? What happens when forces of evil try to intervene to prevent her transport back to Diasodz?
I don’t want to give away any more details of the plot than this; however, I will say that the writing is excellent, with subtle foreshadowing clues and breadcrumbs of information that bring the story together. In some sections, excitement builds as Sofia is overwhelmed with making life-changing choices. In other sections, as she learns about her fate, her confusion builds. And then there’s that lusciously handsome guy who’s come to transport him with her to Diasodz (which is also the name of the people).
I enjoyed this book immensely. I’m now looking forward to reading the next two books in the series.
My niece’s opinion is that her peers in ninth- and tenth-grade classes (she’s going into tenth grade) would appreciate this book because they would be able to identify with some of the dilemmas the characters face, especially those that surround school and relationships with parents.