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The Selection Paperback – March 26, 2013
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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)
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.
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This book is really a popular one and I had to pick it up as many of my friends read it. Some really enjoyed it and others did not like it at all. One thing I have noticed that most people who did not like it were actually disappointed more about the atmosphere of the book and the era it was set. Their main purpose of reading this book must have been "to enjoy another dystopian book". I can't blame them because in that area the book was not very deep to focus on the dystopian times. Actually many times I have been imagining this was set in the classical era of dancing ballrooms etc. Of course mince the jeans and other stuff. Disregarding the era that the story takes place in I have throughly enjoyed reading this book and felt the style of writing is very easy to grasp.
The story even though it is a simple one but written in a beautiful way. A girl (America) loves a guy (Aspen) who is lower than her in class. They break up, the girl enters into a competiton with 35 girls from different classes to marry a prince (Maxon). I liked several characters in the book and would love to know more how they will act in the sequel.
I highly recommend the book for the fans of young adult and romance genres. If you are only looking for a dystopian book then you might be disappointed but still I would say give it a chance.
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This is a fairy tale like no other! The love story of America and Maxon will have you so captivated, it leaves you wanting more, and begging for it never to end. My claim for the story is, America Singers journey through the selection is inspiring and courageous as she defies all rules to fight for what's right. It has strong emotions that highlight important parts in the story, it's descriptive language always has you wanting more, and the character relationships are super exciting and have you on the edge of your seat.
America has been given the opportunity of a lifetime, to be part of the selection and a chance to win not only Prince Maxon’s heart but to change her path in life. A path that has been chosen for her from birth. America chooses to defy all rules of the Selection, risk being eliminated in order to stay true to herself and not just her heart. America uses this Selection to fight for a better future. She always fights for what's right, even if it means losing the one she loves.
There are so many areas of strong emotions in this book. It highlights the important parts in the story. On page 308 it says, “ My room had been ransacked. [...] I tried not to cry, but my eyes kept welling up. It wasn't like I was afraid, though I was.” This was when the palace of Ìllea was attacked and most of America’s things were ruined. You can definitely feel America’s emotions, I would feel this way too.
The descriptive language always has me turning the pages, and always wanting more. On page 112 it says “This new voice was young but full of authority [...] even though he wasn't speaking loudly, his voice seemed thunderous in the still of the elegant hallway.” This piece of evidence was super intriguing and had again wanting more.
The character relationships are so fun to read about it kept me turning the pages, I was on the edge of my seat while reading about them. For example, on page 88 it says, “His hands held my face towards his. [...] Without a word I could understand how excited he was to have this moment, but then afraid at the same time. And deeper than any I sensed he adored me.” At this part of the story America and Maxon (another character in the book) are bonding.
So in conclusion, the readers will learn most about fighting for what's right no matter the cost. America’s journey through the selection is inspiring and courageous , she was a hero to her country and a hero to me.
I'm an adult who loves distopian books, but it's been a while since I read one that didn't feel far too juvenile. This book really felt like the character was a smart, capable person dealing with decisions most teenagers would not have to. But at the same time, it stayed relatable to teens and there were definitely moments she made mistakes or acted in ways that only an impulsive teen would. She was not infallible, and she wasn't a lovesick puppy who couldn't live without a man either.
There also weren't too many truly heartbreaking, depressing parts of this book. I like a nice upbeat read to distract me from reality sometimes, and this did the trick.
All in all, it's clear that this author is just an expert storyteller who could make any mundane story sparkle.
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