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The Selection Hardcover – April 24, 2012
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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)
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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.
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Name aside, I liked the dynamics between Maxon and America. I wished the setting didn't have so many plot holes (there's a lot of stuff that's unexplained in her world building) but if you go into this more for the fluff then there's a lot to keep you entertained. What can I say? I love fluff.
Normally I'd knock off another star because of the ending. Not much is resolved and that kind of thing drives me crazy. However, since my library has a copy of the next book, I'm not as bothered as I would be typically. I think I should always wait to read a series until they're all out - I'm a much happier person that way.
While to me the book was a bit predicable in some ways, in others it took me by total surprise. I loved that I was able to get so invested in the characters. You root for America almost from the very beginning and I mean, just look at that cover! Gorgeous! Fabulous read. Quick. Easy. Interesting. Romantic.