Author: Kiera Cass
Genre: YA dystopian
Length: 336 pages
Published by: HarperTeen
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.
This was an extremely fun read.
I was under no delusions that this would be an incredibly amazing book. And it wasn’t. You’re not going to come out thinking it’s the best book you’ve ever read…or maybe YOU will, I don’t know.
What I’m trying to say is that it’s a fun read despite not being the most well-written book out there.
PLUS. PRETTY DRESSES.
Let’s get the bad out of the way first: the names.
I didn’t like any of the names. America Singer is our main character (and she sings. Wow). Maxon is the Prince. You know what his name reminded me of?
Except with an M.
We also have Aspen, who sounds kind of snake-like. Didn’t like him at all. Then there’s a “Gavril Fadaye.” I mean, “Fadaye” just sounds like the most obviously made-up name in the history of made-up names.
BUT DESPITE THIS, I still really enjoyed it.
It’s a nice LIGHT contemporary, you know? It’s not heavy on the blood and the gore and the future of the human race. There are pretty dresses, cameras, a pretty cute guy (Prince Maxon…although his penchant for calling people “my dear” really ticked me off). Plus America was quite likeable. Although her friend Marlee was pretty flat.
I decided to read this because The Jewel was compared to it.
I liked The Jewel better, but this was still pretty great.
People have made comparisons to The Hunger Games.
And there ARE similarities – the caste system, the lottery system, Gavril Fadaye/Cinna, America herself…lots of things. But it’s a more FUN version.
So if you want a light dystopian, read The Selection.
Meanwhile, I’ll be trying to find The Elite.
Rating: 3/5 Wonderkitties