by Kiera Cass Series: The Selection #1 Published by HarperTeen
on April 24th 2012 Pages:
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself- and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.
Dystopian-esque Bachelor? Umm, I feel like this will either go one of two ways: Amazing or Not.
America Singer lives in a world of castes. From the richest Ones to the lowly Eights, each caste is essentially divided by what it can contribute to the society as a whole. America Singer is a Five. Not the worst, but definitely not the best. When the Selection is announced, America wants nothing to do with this glorified bride hunt for the country's sniveling, spoiled Prince Maxon. However, entering her name and possibly being one of the Selected could improve not only her life, but her family's as well. And after all, America believes there is no way that she will be chosen. But boy, was she wrong.
I knew going into The Selection that I was either going to love it or want to throw the book against the wall. I mean a Dystopian-esque Bachelor? The premise just screams inaneness. I knew that The Selection could possibly be a hard sell for me.
But it wasn't. Not by a long shot.
The Selection is quite possibly one of the most engaging reads of this year. Yes, the book does lack some real substance. But oh, The Selection has guilty pleasure written all over it. I am completely smitten.
America was exactly what I needed her to be. Tough on the outside. Gooey inside. Aspen, male interest number one… the verdict is still out. I actually liked him in the beginning, but as the book continued, I found myself liking him less and less. Maxon, oh Maxon, I adore you. I think I want to steal you for myself.
What The Selection lacks in overall world building and even true dystopian elements is more than made up for in the emotions of the book. America is a truly admirable heroine. She has an amazing journey throughout The Selection, and I loved watching her grow. Where The Selection truly shines is in the interactions of America and Maxon. I loved almost every second that they were together. Their chemistry is undeniable. And you cannot help but to root for them throughout The Selection. Loved, loved The Selection. Too bad I will have to wait so long for the next one.