The Selection by Kiera Cass
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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 a palace and compete for the heart of 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.
This book had been on my radar for quite awhile now but the cover honestly bugged me and you know how I am about covers. Then I read the back cover and was like “Ehhhhhhhhhh”. It just didn’t sound like something that I would honestly be interested to. But then I had friends pushing me to read it, so I added it to my “to-read” list and my “wish list” and my blogger Secret Santa through The Broke and Bookish got it for me, and I knew I had to read it.
Once I’m done writing this review, I have plans to go to Barnes and Noble and pick up the second book. I was pleasantly surprised at how good this book was. It caught me up so fast, and I couldn’t stop reading it, and I stayed up until about 2 am last night and finished it. It was like Hunger Games, except instead of competing for their lives, they are being prepped and trained to be the wife of a prince, and competing for his hand in marriage. So…Hunger Games and The Bachelor put together in one.
I definitely enjoyed the story. It really reminded me of both The Hunger Games and The Bachelor. The various casts from 1 to 8, and what their purposes in society were, reminded me so much of the districts. One is obviously the highest you can go, and it is very unlikely to attain it. America is a Five, the artists and musicians. She’s in love with a Six, who are the servants. At the insisting of her mother and her love, Aspen, she enters into the Selection and is incredibly surprised when she is chosen to “play”. I liked that America did it for the help of her family, who gets a compensation for America being part of The Selection, and that she appeals to Prince Maxon to be his friend, and to keep her around as long as he can to provide more for her family. It makes the build up to her possible affection for him that much more exciting. Its unexpected and it keeps the tension alive, especially when an unexpected person shows up at the palace.
I really loved the characters, as well, most of all: America and Marlee. I like Aspen and Maxon and the rest but I really like those two, and I think I love them both because of the dynamic between them. Technically they are both competing for the same thing and yet they are friends. I think there is more to be learned from Marlee and I can’t wait to dive further into her secrets and mystery but for now, I really liked their friendship and how genuine it is.
I had a little bit of a problem that there didn’t seem to be much depth past the competition at first. I’m not one to read a book all about a prince’s quest to find true love out 35 girls from his kingdom. I love romance as much as the next person but this seemed to be too much, especially since I suspect a love triangle is developing. BUT as the story begins to delve deeper and deeper, I realize that there is so much more than just the competition. There is going to be war, battle, and defense going on, and I think more and more of that is going to be happening in The Elite and I think the build up in The Selection was beautiful.
4 out of 5 stars
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