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 the palace and compete for the heart of the 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.
|Author Kiera Cass|
The Selection by Kiera Cass was a entertaining sparkling romance with a light dystopian feel. Having heard mostly great reviews about this book and a Prince named Maxon I knew that this was for me. Originally it was a novel that captured my attention because of it's lovely cover, I mean let's a take a pause to admire it. Especially then after reading the blurb and numerous reviews it sounded like something that would meet my interests. So after being gifted it, I read it within less then a day, because it was just that good.
America Singer was a strong, sometimes feisty, family oriented character. She was considerate and brave and I really enjoyed seeing the story through her eyes. Just like most of the characters in this book, Kiera wrote her to be a well written and like able. I also enjoyed reading about her little sister May and her little brother (who unfortunately I forgot the name of) and their relationship. Another favourite was Marlee, another contestant in the Selection who was very bright, bubbly and humorous and added a sigh of relief to the competitiveness of the competition.
Then there was the ROMANCE!! We have Aspen who at the beginning of the story is secretly seeing America, whom she absolutely loves. America is in the 5th caste (being mostly artists and performers) and Aspen is lower being a 6th. Caste's are basically your group of living, with One obviously being rich and Eight being poor, homeless, criminals (giving a slightly dystopian feel). Aspen wants to marry her but doesn't want her to marry into a lower life and is initially the one who forces her to join "The Selection". He works hard to get food on the table all day and really does want to provide for both America and his family, but just can't do it. So he ends it and pleads her grasp the best in life.
Our other love interest was Prince Maxon and although I did like Aspen, I am 100% rooting for the Prince. Because all though he was somewhat socially awkward he was a gentlemen and really just wanted to find somebody he could spoil and love. Even though he comes from the highest caste he is a passionate leader who does want to make a difference. He had a lot of respect for women, especially America. Maxon was always so kind and the relationship that him and America had was just so cute to read and I could give you so many reasons as to why I just LOVE MAXON.
With out spoiling to much I liked how Kiera could make Aspen part of the story whilst America was still at the palace, very smart indeed.Though I must say that America became a bit annoying towards the end where she just couldn't make up her mind and didn't have a problem with exploring both her options at the same time. Fortunately the ending wasn't a cliffhanger (maybe a bit abrupt) but it wasn't enough to not make me frantic for book 2, The Elite.
|The Elite (#2): Out April 23rd. The Prince (A Selection Novella): Out Now|