The Selection

10507293Author: Kiera Cass

Publisher: Harper Teen

Series: The Selection #1

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian

Release Date: April 24, 2012

Format: eBook purchased from B&N

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.com}

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My Review:

Hunger Games meets The Bachelor.

 

That is the only true way to describe this book. It is the perfect mesh of lovey-dovey girly-ness and punch you in the face crazy dystopia. This book picks up right where I imagine the Hunger Games left off, because after all no society is perfect, and once imperfect it is always easy to slip back in to old habits. Because of its similarity to The Hunger Games, and it’s ability to be a TRUE dystopian novel (by my standards) I was unable to put this book down, and unfortunately finished it all too soon!

 

The characters were completely loveable. You find yourself loving America as if she was one of your sisters. You completely relate to her with her unwanted love of Aspen and her newfound not completely defined love of Maxon. I just want to tell her to go with her heart, regardless of what the world thinks! Aspen. Aspen reminds very much of Gail from THG. He has always been there for her, but his tragic flaws get in the way of their possible happiness (read I am not an Aspen fan). Maxon, is a true prince. He would rather help his people than parade about like a prized bull looking for it’s heifer mate. The rest of the supporting characters are just as wonderful, especially the side mystery with Marlee that has yet to be revealed.

 

Yes, I realize that this is a book about a love triangle and that I state in my Review Policy & Rating System that I do not like series that try to be like a previous love of mine (read The Hunger Games), but  I just could not help it! I would recommend this book to anyone who not only loves the dystopian genre, but who also loves a good love story!

 

p.s. THAT DANG CLIFF HANGER!!!!!

 

Rating5

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