Finally I know why people rave about The Selection series by Kiera Cass! I’ve heard people talking about it for years, and finally decided to get it when I saw that the Kindle version of the first book was on sale for $2.99. I finished it in a few days, then immediately bought the second book in the series, read it in two days, bought the third, and read it in 1 1/2. Altogether, they were delightful reads, with a purely lovable main character and a compelling storyline.
What Is The Selection About? For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. [It’s] the opportunity to escape a rigid caste system, 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, and competing for a crown she doesn’t want. Then America meets Prince Maxon—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.
It’s dystopian, in the same sense that Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith and Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi are: set in a far future where America and the other countries of the world no longer exist as we know them, but as new countries with different names, governments, and alliances. America Singer is the main character, a 17-year-old girl named after a country that no longer exists and part of a society ruled by a monarchy and bound by its caste system. She likes her humble life, but can’t pass up on the opportunity to be part of The Selection, even though she hates it, because it will mean more money for her family and a path out of poverty. The whole series follows her transition from the “life she always dreamed of” to the “future she never imagined.”
Who Will Like The Selection, And Why? Obviously anyone who likes dystopian and the books I mentioned above will like this series. It’s also been compared to Divergent by Veronica Roth, and that comparison is apt. This book isn’t as bleak as those books or others in the genre, although there’s still violence. Because it involves a monarchy, it has more of a speculative feel along the lines of Dark Breaks The Dawn by Sara B. Larson.
What’s the Deal? There’s a used copy available from BetterWorldBooks.com for $3.98 with free shipping. Grab it now!
Nutrition Facts, Anyone? swear words (d*, f*, sh*, g*d*, h*): 13 incidences of nudity: 0 positive themes (familial love, honesty, striving for improvement): 3 negative themes (greed, power-hunger): 2 incidences of violence: ~2
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