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The Selection Paperback – March 26, 2013
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“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)
From the Back Cover
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.
Top customer reviews
It was a bit of a typical YA book, I feel, but it kept my attention and overall I liked it (this isn't the type of book the garner extreme analysis or thought, it's definitely meant to be a casual, pleasure read for the sake of cheering on romance and an underdog heroine). It was worth the time and money and I will surely reread it in the future.
I fell in love with the character development of protagonist, America Singer, who really runs wild throughout the book. It is interesting to watch her deal with an upper-class traditional girl and how America interacts with the people around her such as her maids.
This book can make you feel sympathetic and excited at the same time. I know I had a hard time putting this book down and I hope you do too!! If you don't read this book, your missing out on one of the best romance books ever!
Just so you know, this book is purposely left on a little bit of a cliff-hanger which doesn't really get resolved in book 3 of this series.
13 years old
I read this book all in one setting; once I started I could not put it down! Which, is very rare as of late. I have been reading many books where there always some factor that causes me to withdraw from the story.
Before purchasing this YA, I looked up some reviews and saw that even with plenty of 5 star ratings, there many cases where readers are put off by how “middle-grade” The Selection seems and how a bunch of fluff the plot is. Well, it works for me. I'm into some fluff here and then. Plus, I needed a quick and easy read, and that is what I got. Which is why you never allow others' opinions on something, affect your will to try it! Though, I might mention that the Selection takes place all in one setting—the palace, afar from the bits of events with America and Aspen in the beginning. It does not affect my opinion on the book (even when I usually prefer a book that jumps from here to there), but I thought readers would like to know this bit of information.
Though I am sure many of you may already know the premise of this book, to sum it up for those who are new to it, – It is a story about a world that is define by caste – you are to pick up certain hobbies, talents, and your way of living, ALL depends on which number you are; starting with number 1 being the highest rank of all, the Royals.
The Selection, is where 35 girls are selected to stay with the royal family and left to the decision of the Prince, of whether or not he wants them around and them having a chance at becoming the Princess or go home.
America Singer, is a 5. Her family knows what it is like to starve. So when she was chosen as one of the 35 girls, her family were ecstatic! But America, finds the palace suffocating, until she actually spends time with the Prince, and finds him not as what she made him to be, before their meeting.
What will become of America?
5/5 stars. I enjoyed every bit of this book! The plot was different and fun, the characters were all different in personals and it was refreshing. I mentioned earlier that the plot is dreamy. What I meant by that, is it has that classic fairytale vibe—prince in search for his One. And the different caste of these girls—the royal falling for an “average Jane”. It really brings back those childish dreams of wanting to be a princess. It's great that a book can take you back to the good times in your childhood!
The romance was mature yet, innocent all at the same time. Maxon, I like his character! I like how this whole Selection things is confusing, yet he can still figure out what he wants. America, on the other hand, annoyed me, only a bit. She is confused with her feelings, but not as she is in book 2 (which I have already devour!). I do admire her compassion and unlike what anyone thinks, I believe she has what it takes to …
The ending, is open-ended. It is one of those books where getting book 2 is essential to learn of the characters' feelings. But of course, in regards of anything, no one can make you do or get something, so you don't have to get the next book, but I assure that once you are done with book 1, you will be pushing that “add to cart” button for The Elite (book2)!
Overall, a read that will zoom by, very fun and light. It was what I was looking for. A review for book two will be up soon. ;)