Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Selection by Kiera Cass Review

Publication Date: April 24, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 327 pages
Source: Bought
Series: The Selection #1

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.


I think its safe to say America is an idiot, Maxon is sweet, and Aspen & Celeste are freaking annoying. I loved the book and I was so disappointed when I finished it and had to wait for book two to release.

I read this in June, so probably more than 10 months ago and I was still in that Hunger Games phase and started picking this books up. This was a fast paced but relaxed book in my opinion. Lots of people say this is kinda like The Hunger Games plus The Bachelor minus the killing. Though, it would sound more interesting if it was.

In this book, girls all over the country have a chance to enter the Selection where 35 girls are chosen to become the prince's wife and get to have the crown. With the help of her family, and boyfriend Aspen, they all persuade America to enter the contest. At first when it was brought upon America, she was skeptical at first, until Aspen broke up with her and then decided to enter. When she goes to the palace with the other 34 girls, she befriends some of the girls and made even made an enemy with one. During the Selections, America has to choose who her heart belongs to -Maxon or Aspen.

America was a really nice character. Other than her thinking about Aspen sometimes when she's with Maxon, she wasn't that much a problem. She cares for her family and the people she loves, which is great and all but she's sometimes stubborn and feisty. America isn't afraid to speak up and on one point with the bitch Celeste, who is basically 'in it to win it.'

Growing up, Maxon never really had a friend, other than America. Being forced to pick one of the 35 girls, he has some troubles about it but other than that, he is really sweet and polite. Also he doesn't really know anything about girls, like how to comfort them or anything. Aspen, being a six (servant), he cares for America, but has a lousy way of showing it. I mean I get he doesn't want America to be a six but, if he didn't want her to be a servant always poor, (view spoiler) and he expects she could just forgive him?

Long story short, this book was very entertaining and I cannot wait to read The Elite and the pilot for the TV show on the CW. And for people who were wondering, yes I ship America with Maxon. Aspen could have Celeste. They would be perfect for each other.


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