The Selection by Kiera Cass
Also by this author: The Heir
Series: The Selection #1
Also in this series: The Heir
Published by HarperTeen
Genres: Dystopian, Romance, Young Adult
Source: Personal Collection
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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. - via GoodReads
I freely admit that the reason I purchased The Selection by Kiera Cass is for the gorgeous “girl in a dress” cover. It was also getting a lot of hype at the time. I am pleased to say that there is also a pretty great plot to this book as well.
America Singer is really kind of an average girl. She was born into a family of entertainers as a five. The way the cast system works in The Selection is one are royalty and sevens are servants. America has pretty strong ideas of where her life is going. She has a good moral code. I have to say that’s about as much as I can say and I love it. America remains the same girl and doesn’t magically change into something else.
There is a bit of a love triangle and as usual I’m not sure what side I land on. Prince Maxon has a lot going for him. I don’t just mean his castle and obvious riches either. He’s a good guy at heart and understands the responsibility he’s been burdened with. I really like him.
And then there’s Aspen. The boy from home who was born a seven and broke things off with America so he wouldn’t drag her down in the world. While his intentions were noble, I can’t let him off the hook so easily. I think because his pride was hurt when everything happened that it tinged him in my mind. He didn’t do it just to be selfless.
The Selection had some excellent world building and I found myself much like America. I truly thought it was silly and the more I learned, the more I felt that I had been unfair. One of my few complaints is that it did feel a lot like The Hunger Games with a lottery type system, minimal chance of “winning”, and a sacrifice for family. It’s not enough to keep me from reading the rest though!