The Selection by Kiera Cass
Genre: Dystopian, Romance Novel
Publish date: April 24, 2012
Format: Kindle book
Summary from Amazon:
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.
Ah, The Selection. The first book that lead to this successful 5-book series as well as various novellas highlighting other characters’ points of views as events go on.
For most girls in Illea, the chance to meet Prince Maxon is a dream come true but 35 lucky girls have the chance to live at the castle, fighting for Prince Maxon to ask for their hand. But America Singer is different. She has her life planned out, she’ll save money for a couple of year, help out her family and then marry a Six, one caste below she is.
After being chosen as one of the lucky 35 girls, America is forced into a life that she never wanted. But, after meeting Prince Maxon, America’s feelings start to change, even as she denies them and tries to push them aside. The rest of the book is the tale of her and Maxon’s slowly developing relationship as roadblocks cause setbacks, and adding to the suspense. In the end, Maxon is forced to make a choice and narrow the amount of girls to 8, America’s loyalty is brought into question.
I read this book after a standardized test last year, under the recommendation of a friend. That was literally the best decision I have ever made. Since then, I have read just this book alone over 20 times. I loved the concept of The Selection when I started reading. It reminded me the Bachelor and The Hunger Games, based on the description of both (I never read The Hunger Games because it never appealed to me).
When I started reading the book, I didn’t understand what a caste was. After reading more of the book, I finally understood that the book was set in the future, but has a WW2 feeling to it. The U.S. has been torn to shreds, barely hanging together after China’s war threatening to take over the U.S. (now named Illea, after the person who ‘pulled the country back together’.)
There is definitely some relatable points. All the girls have different personalities but the ones I like best (other than America) are Marlee and Celeste. Personally, I think that they balanced out the craziness of everything that was happening at the palace.
I think the rights to the movie was bought by Warner Brothers recently but past attempts of making the movie have failed so I’m really hoping for this one to pull through. I honestly can not wait for the movie, but as a reader, I know that I will probably be conflicted over whether or not to watch it, because of the possible changes the director could’ve made during the filming process.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the Hunger Games or The Bachelor because it really gives it an interesting twist on the story line. Because this is dystopian, it is set in the future so who knows? This could totally happen. There is some violence within the series and some hints a sexual activities but there isn’t as much in The Selection.
I really, really love this book, it was the first book that I’ve liked this much in a really long time. I have to credit some of the reason that I started The Cozy Little Book Nook to this book, after reading so many reviews, good and bad alike about the series.
But seriously, I don’t believe that this review did the book justice. If you haven’t read The Selection yet, I highly recommend it. I give the book a 10 out of 10.
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