Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: April 24, 2012
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 (Goodreads)
The Selection, by Kiera Cass, is a book I've had sitting on my shelf since its release yet haven't picked up to read. Finally, I decided to give it a-go, because who can stay away from the temptation of what could be behind that gorgeous cover?
The first thirty pages both intrigued me and put me off. I liked the idea of the caste system, and a Hunger Games-esq lottery system with a bunch of girls vying for a spot in a Bachelor-esq type competition; however, the beginning dragged and came off as childish in its writing. I almost sat the book back on my shelf, but I continued on and found that the writing got better and the story unfolded nicely.
The gist of the book is this: The United States is gone and in its place is the new country (Illea) that is ruled by a King and Queen (go figure that we're back to this), and a Prince that needs his Princess--- very Cinderella like, sigh. The only way for a Prince to find his Princess is to hold a competition where thirty-five lucky ladies are chosen to compete. The competition is held in the palace, and on camera. This is where The Hunger Games meets the Bachelor comes to play. It's equally fun and exciting.
Oh wait, rebel forces are trying to attack the palace, for unknown reasons, and our Prince Maxon and heroine America play the "I think you're awesome, but let's be friends" game. On top of that, America was secretly, and illegally, dating this guy named Aspen, who dumped her before "The Selection" so she's heartbroken, yet starting to have feels for Maxon.... drama.
In the end, America is torn between her love for Aspen, and her rising feelings for Maxon. I loathe love triangles, so this story arc left me dissatisfied, yet once again pitching a sign for one team or the other. Oh hai, Maxon!
If you're looking for a different take on romance, with a fun twist on dystopian/futuristic settings, The Selection is definitely worth the read.