Genre: Contemporary, Dystopian and young adult
Release Date: April 24, 2012
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.
The first time I ever heard about this book I thought the story was completely different. I only read the first two sentences and the first though that popped into my head was, Sweet! Evil creatures coming after girls who want to be the perfect ballet dancer! If you actually read the summary you know that I was wrong. Very wrong. Told from the perspective of America Singer comes a story about trust, love, and putting others first. The idea behind the story isn’t original and pretty predictable, a more teenaged version of the bachelor but with a touch of dystopian in the mix.
It took me a long while before I could really get into the book because there are some things about it that really bothered me. Kiera Cass tries to portray America as a girl who doesn’t come from a rich family and that having one glass of iced tea is a privilege. I just couldn’t buy that or most of how America ‘understands’ how hard it can be when it comes to money because the book shows little struggle for her and her family. So many books have love triangles that don’t work. It isn’t realistic or reasonable, just boring and absurd. The romance in the book isn’t any different, her emotions toward both the male characters are very predictable and boring.
The Selection is beautifully written. For the most part, if it weren’t for the writing I don’t think it would have been as hard as it was to put down. The writing and smooth and enjoyable, it’s hard to stop reading and I actually felt kind of disappointed when I had to put it down. The other selected girls are very mysterious which I really enjoyed because it fits with the story. I like that Kiera Cass doesn’t put too much information about the girls in this book because I don’t think it would have been as good if we knew everything about the girls or most things. Although I have a hard time believing America’s story about being on the tight end of the money scale, I enjoyed the way that everyone is organized and put into different caste depending on their role and how much they can help society. I find that interesting to see how other people are viewed because of their job occupation.
Overall, a good read. With not much adventure and a few surprises thrown in, The Selection is a light, funny read that left a small smile on my face after the story had ended. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for something similar to the Bachelor as well as looking for a quick read that will change the way to look at people and how they live their lives.