The Selection (The Selection #1)
Published: 24th April, 2012
Genre: Dystopian, Romance
Age: Young Adult
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.
What I liked: I found the concept of this book to be not only intriguing, but well thought out and a nice, fun read. The Selection, a program for young, unwed women who can be chosen to be the future queen of the kingdom they have lived in all their lives, Illéa. The caste system, while really simple and seemingly based off of the caste system of Medieval times in a way, wasn’t overly complex which was good, and I actually liked seeing how it affected the different characters. You could see how it affects how the girls act, even if you don’t follow them specifically. It especially came through in Aspen and Celeste, two characters from the opposite ends of the caste. I also liked how even with everything that was going on with the Selection process, you got glimpses of things that were going on outside the palace.
What I didn’t like: Maxon had America as basically a spy for the girl, but when she was trying to tell him about the things that one of the girls did that went against the rules, he didn’t believe her. If you’re going to have someone on the inside tell you when a girl has done something wrong and you don’t believe her when she tells you something, then what was the whole point? He’s supposed to trust her and while I can get why he doesn’t fully (they haven’t even known her all that long) I do think he should listen to her since he agreed to have her be his inner “spy”.
Overall Review: After everything that happened in this book, I really look forward to learning more about the world these characters inhabit, and to see how things turn out in the next book, The Elite. I’m fond of America and Maxon, and not completely sure about Aspen in this book, but I look forward to getting to know each of them in the next book.
Recommend?: This book wasn’t overly deep or complex, but I really did enjoy it. I’d recommend it to those who believe they might enjoy it, or are thinking about taking a chance on it!
My Rating: 3.6/5
Don’t forget to check out the rest of the series!
The Selection began with thirty-five girls. Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen? America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want—and America’s chance to choose is about to slip away.
The time has come for one winner to be crowned. When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.
Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she’d put off marriage for as long as possible. But a princess’s life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can’t escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn’s heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought.
The highly anticipated conclusion to the bestselling The Selection series.
The contents of Happily Ever After are as follows: –The Prince (with the two bonus chapters), Maxon’s novella –The Guard, Aspen’s novella –The Queen, Amberly’s novella –The Favorite, Marlee’s novella -Three scenes from Celeste’s POV -Lucy’s scene (bonus scene from The One) -The bonus epilogue -Where are they now? -A map -Various illustrations
About the Author
Kiera Cass graduated from Radford University with a degree in History. She grew up in South Carolina and currently lives in Blacksburg, Virginia with her family. In her spare time, Kiera enjoys reading, dancing, making videos, and eating unhealthy amounts of cake. You can learn more about Kiera at kieracass.com, follow her on twitter via @kieracass, and see her silly videos at YouTube.com/user/kieracass.