Title: The Selection
Series: Selection, Book 1
Author: Kiera Cass
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Dystopian Romance
Publication Date: April 24th, 2012 by HarperTeen
Buy Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US | B&N
Source: Purchased (Paperback)
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.
America Singer is one of thirty five girls selected for the prince of Illea to choose her to become his princess. Only one girl may win and all have to complete against each other. All girls eligible want to win, except America, being selected was not what she wanted at all.
The storyline to this is genius, I’ve heard a lot of people raving about this trilogy, not just bloggers but others too. I bought this a while ago but just never got round to reading it. I’m glad I finally did as it was a fun, interesting read.
America Singer is a caste five, a musician who works whenever possible to provide for her family as she is the oldest sibling at home. She is a strong character with a good heart. She didn’t want to enter the competition but had promised to do so to her love, Aspen.
I didn’t like Aspen at all, he didn’t have a backbone and instead of fighting for what he wanted in the first place he just walked away, if you love someone you’d move heaven and earth just to be with them! Maybe I’m being too harsh but it got on my nerves.
Now Prince Maxon on the other hand! He wasn’t at all what I was expecting, he was totally different but definitely in a good way. He’s well mannered, charming, handsome, funny, and has a way about him that puts those around him at ease. I was expecting him to be this stuck up, self loving jerk who believes he’s entitled to whatever he wants as he’s a prince but that wasn’t the case at all, I was pleasantly surprised.
I had fun reading The Selection and look forward to reading The Elite, book 2 in the selection trilogy. Now it’s down to six the real games can begin! I know who I’m rooting for… Go America!