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  • Series: The Selection
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062059939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062059932
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,575 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“An engrossing tale reminiscent of Shannon Hale’s Princess Academy and Ally Condie’s Matched. Fairy-tale lovers will lose themselves in America’s alternate reality and wish that the next glamorous sequel were waiting for them.” (School Library Journal)

“Cass’s immensely readable debut novel is a less drastic Hunger Games, with elaborate fashion and trappings. The fast-paced action will have readers gasping for the upcoming sequel.” (Booklist)

“A cross between The Hunger Games (minus the bloodsport) and The Bachelor (minus the bloodsport), this trilogy launch is a lot of fun. Cass deftly builds the chemistry between America and Maxon, while stroking the embers of America’s first, forbidden love.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Reality T.V. meets dystopian fairy tale in Kiera Cass’s delightful debut. Charming, captivating, and filled with just the right amount of swoon!” (Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of Paranormalcy)

About the Author

Kiera Cass is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Selection series, as well as the self-published fantasy novel The Siren. She is a graduate of Radford University and currently lives in Blacksburg, Virginia, with her family. Kiera has kissed approximately fourteen boys in her life. None of them were princes.


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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.

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I ended up loving it because it had a wonderful story line that flowed very nicely and wasn't terribly easy to predict, which is a good quality in a book.
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127 of 141 people found the following review helpful By Sage Collins on May 4, 2013
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I'm rating this book purely on my enjoyment of it and not on some scale deciding whether it was great literature or not. It's fluff and I loved it.

So IF your favorite part of the Hunger Games was the lead-up to the actual Games (the interviews and dresses and stuff), and IF you can forgive superficial world-building (possibly with the promise of something more later in the trilogy), and IF you like stories about matchmaking reality shows (even if you don't like actually watching them), and IF you aren't tired of the trope where the prince falls in love with the girl who makes it clear that she's the only girl around who isn't in love with him and his title (usually by telling him off), THEN you will really like this book. These are all things I like (or forgive in the case of world-building).

I don't know why, but I love reality show stories, even though I'm not a fan of most reality tv beyond the occasional performance show (singers, dancers, etc.). From the sample I had on my Kindle, I totally got the Hunger Games meets The Bachelor vibe (not realizing that that was how the book was marketed, lol). But it's really dystopian-lite. The caste system could be easily replaced by the districts in HG, but that's really all the dystopia there is. That's fine because I don't need heavy dystopia in my dystopia. Instead, as far as the first book goes, the royal family seems perfectly reasonable. There are rebels, and we don't know anything about them except that they're searching the palace for something (I predict it has something to do with the symbol Gavril, the Ryan-Seacrest-of-this-world, was wearing that was mentioned very very briefly). I would assume that eventually they're going to kidnap America and we'll see their side and the actual dystopia, but that doesn't happen here.
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77 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Lara on May 20, 2013
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In a world where everything is determined by social castes, America was born a five, one of the lowest castes. This year, a Selection will be held to find a bride for Prince Maxon. America's mother thinks that having her daughter participate will be the solution to all of their problems but America doesn't want to participate for one simple reason - she is secretly in love with Aspen. The only problem is that he belongs to an even lower caste and so her parents prohibit her from marrying him. She ends up applying for the selection, sure that she will not be one of the 35 chosen girls, so you can imagine her surprise when she is the one picked from her district. This is where the heat of the competition starts; complete with friendship, jealousy and of course a little sabotage.

The concept of the book was really great. I know many associated it with The Bachelor, but it reminded me more of the film Miss Congeniality - the girl who does not want to be part of the competition and dislikes the pretty dresses but ends up loving all of it and even becomes friends with some of the competitors. The dystopian element in it was also quite good - I found the history element in this book to be interesting. Also, the rebel attacks to the palace added more depth to an otherwise typical YA dystopian romance.

However, what really made me fall in love with this book were its characters. America's character was so down-to-earth and kind that you couldn't help liking her. She cares for the other competitors and even her maids. She even gives tips to her friend on winning over the Prince. I also found relatable the fact that, while the other girls went for the most glamorous dresses, she always opted for the simplistic style that she felt most comfortable in.
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69 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Ricitch on December 31, 2012
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I want to start this review by saying that I started this book not expecting it to be good. I usually look into the books that are in my "recommended for you" section, so when this one popped up, I looked it up to see if I wanted it. While it looked interesting to me, the first and most detailed reviews (which are the ones I usually trust) claimed that it was awful. So I put it on hold at my local library and waited through the hold list until I got it. Everyone is entitled to their opinions, so I won't say that the reviews I read were WRONG, exactly, just that I felt they were not an accurate portrayal of the book.

Before I give my opinion of the book, I want to respond to a few of the aspects of other reviews that made me hesitate to read it.

First, the names of the characters. I read many reviews on several different sites that all thought the names of the characters were "horrific". While I admit they're unconventional (Amberly, America, Maxon, Aspen, Gerad) I wanted to point out that most futuristic books include odd choices for character names. Does the name "Katniss" ring any bells? "Peeta"? "Haymitch"? I'm a big fan of the dystopian genre, and almost all the dystopian society books I've read include weird names. It's just how it is. While odd, these names have some base in the names we have today (Kimberly + Amber = Amberly), and at least are all pronounceable. I've read some books where I just thought of a character as "the guy whose name starts with S".

Second, the ending. While I'm not a fan of cliffhanger endings, I understand why the author chose to end it here. When the 35 girls are narrowed down to "The Elite", it starts a new segment, for lack of a better word, in The Selection.
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