The Selection by Kiera Cass
- ISBN-13: 9780062059932
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication date: 4/24/2012
- Pages: 327
- Source: Edelweiss
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.
First let me say that the cover for The Selection was a bit deceiving and mislead me as to what the book was really about. It is a beautiful cover don’t get me wrong but it lead me to believe that this was a big beauty contest and it turned out to be so much more. I felt that The Selection was a cross between The Hunger Games and The Bachelor, but leaning much more toward The Bachelor. The idea of their being castes and seeing the differences between them reminded me a lot of The Hunger Games but this was not the major part of the story. The majority of the story was set in the castle where Prince Maxon spending time with the Ladies individually and as a whole group. There is a lot of catty behavior and craziness between the Ladies. While this was an enjoyable part of the story, I really enjoyed the time that America spends with Prince Maxon and the understanding they come to that she will be his friend, ally if you will, in this selection process since she is still in love with her next door neighbor back home, Aspen, who is a caste level below her and therefore not acceptable to marry. But things begin to change along the way and America’s feelings start to change about Maxon. There are many other interesting things going in the country and the Ladies are there for selection and many things happen in the country that Maxon is not aware of, first and foremost that there are many people out there who do not have food to eat.
I really enjoyed this book and felt like it flew by. I was very frustrated when I got to the last page because it ended in such a cliffhanger! America becomes one of the Elite, in this selection one of the last 6 Ladies in the Selection process of finding a new princess. The writing style was quickwitted and fun. All of the girls had very different personalities and Kiera Cass did a great job of developing each person so that they have clear personalities. This is a great book to check out for a quick summer read.