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The Selection

by Kiera Cass

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | March 18, 2013 | Trade Paperback

The Selection is rated 4.0769 out of 5 by 13.

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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.81 in

Published: March 18, 2013

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062059947

ISBN - 13: 9780062059949

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Over-hyped, but still good America Singer lives in Il?a, the former United States where society is broken up into eight different castes. One being part of the royal court. Two and Three being the wealthy. Four and Five being the working class. Six, Seven and Eight take up jobs serving the rest of the castes or none at all in Eight?s case. The law states you must be married to have sex and not have any illegtemate children. What a crazy world she lives in. The royal family has a contest of sorts that picks the future wife and princess of Prince Maxon. Scores of girls enter, while America is pushed into entering by her boyfriend Aspen and mother. America is picked and she ends up living at the palace, befriending a friendly girl named Marelle, and a budding friendship with the Prince. I liked the beginning. It worked well setting up the plot, but then I got bored. There was a lot of filler scenes such as the photo shoots or watching the Il?real Report. The amount of getting-to-know-each-other scenes were great , and their friendship seemed genuine, but you can just tell there was going to be more drama than it seemed. The ever infamous scandal over this book on GoodReads catapulted me into wondering if Wendy Darling?s review held truth. Indeed it did, but I didn?t hate it as much. I felt like the story could have been finished in one whole novel. It didn?t need to be dragged on as it was. If anyone paying the least amount of attention just by reading the synopsis knew what was gonna happen, raise their hand! *raises hand* I watched The Bachelor when it first came out. It was entertaining, yet cruel to watch as women threw themselves at the same man and watch as the jealously ebbed and flowed. Well it felt like I was reading The Bachelor as a book. Only with teenagers, and a royal family thrown into the mix. I get the plot. It?s easy. Who is Prince Maxon going to choose? Who is America going to choose? You?ll have to find out what happens!
Date published: 2014-09-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book! Really good read! Loved the characters and the world that Keira Cass has created. Fell in love instantly with America and the concept. Only downfall was that it was a little predictable. Other than that it was an amazing book.
Date published: 2014-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book! Really good read! Loved the characters and the world that Keira Cass has created. Fell in love instantly with America and the concept. Only downfall was that it was a little predictable. Other than that it was an amazing book.
Date published: 2014-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVE THIS BOOK I have read this book at least seven times and have completely fallen in love and would recommend it to everyone
Date published: 2014-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MY FAV BOOK EVA This is the BEST book in the ENTIRE universe. I'm literally crying rite now. Im not even kidding.
Date published: 2014-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! READ THIS BOOK SO FAST BECAUSE YOU CAN NOT PUT IT DOWN. THIS BOOK IS THE PERFECT COMBINATION OF ROMANCE, SUSPENSE, AND DYSTOPIAN! i think the stubbornness in America makes her character more down to earth. i hope she chooses Maxon because with her background and motives, she has great potential as a queen. i don't have anything against Aspen, but i dislike him.
Date published: 2014-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just breathtaking This book is beyond amazing. Kind of like the Hunger games except less violent more exciting. Once you get hooked you can't stop reading and wanting more. I really hope America chooses Maxon because she can achieve so much with him and do great things for her country.  
Date published: 2014-02-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Truly a case of "don't judge a book by it's cover" Looking back, I regret not picking up this book when I first saw it. I thought the concept was boring, the cover ridiculous, and I just didn't want to read it. Thank god I went into the store with $10 one day and bought this book because it was on sale, because it's one of my favourites. America isn't the best character I've ever read, admittedly. She's annoying at times, and spends a lot of the book moping about her situation, but I still have a bit of a soft spot for her, being pushed into something she didn't want but going through with it anyways, to help her family. Maxon is, on the other hand, one of my favourite characters. He's very sweet and silly, yet still maintains that air of respect commonly associated with royalty. Then there's Aspen, who I just don't particularly feel anything towards. I don't like him, but I don't dislike him at the same time. He's just sort of there. Plot wise, it takes a while to pick up, since it is the first book in a trilogy and thus is establishing characters and settings and the beginnings of the overall arc for the novels. That being said, don't give up on it. There are some truly moving scenes and amazing character development.
Date published: 2014-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK EVER.......:) I have read the Selection and the Elite and i can assure you that it will be the most breath- taking book you have ever read. It included romance ,drama and even in some parts action. If you are between the ages of 12-100 you will love this book. It does include some mature content for younger readers. Get indulged in the best book you have ever read and buy it now.:)
Date published: 2013-12-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed:( This is another book I really wanted to like, both because the concept sounded interesting and the cover is beautiful. I want a toned-down version of that dress(a little too poofy for my tastes). I knew going into this book that it was getting some hate and bad reviews but that just made me want to read it even more. And I'm not sorry that I read it. America Singer is selected to compete for the affections of Prince Maxon along with thirty-four other girls but she's the only one who doesn't want to be there. She's in love with a boy from home but since Aspen is below her in the book's ranking system, no one wants them to be together. Her rank, or caste as it's called in the book, is a 5 which is mostly arts and America Singer, she's a singer. When she does finally meet Prince Maxxon, he's unlike anything she expected. My biggest problem with this book was that I was never surprised. And the character growth that really seemed to be lacking. I found America to be a little whiney and ungrateful. Sure, she never expected to be chosen out of all the girls but she was and she agreed to the terms and her family was getting money from her being in the competition. Aspen, her at-home love interest, was too proud to accept America's help and love without making hurtful comments and (view spoiler). Prince Maxon, I'm not sure what to say about him. At times I actually liked him but other times, he felt very cliche. I liked that he wasn't a stuck-up spoiled Prince-brat but at times it felts like he was too perfect to compensate for that. The world building was also really lacking. Not enough, actually barely anything, was explained on how the world came to be and why if a caste 5 is considered poor, they can afford chicken and pasta and lemons(that's better than I ate most nights when I was in college!). What do the rich eat every night? Caviar and lobster? The drama came off forced, girly cat-fights, rebels attacking the palace, love triangle that could get America and Aspen killed. Usually one of my favourite things about series is the development of side or minor characters but I didn't find any of these characters intriguing enough to want to know more about them. It almost felt like a checked-off stereotype list. Mean girl: check, friendly girl: check, sexy girl: check. I do still plan on reading the sequel, The Elite, just because I hate not finishing a series and maybe I'll be surprised about who Prince Maxon picks in the end(or probably not).
Date published: 2012-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "He reached up to tug his ear. I did the same.." Before I start going into details I have to say this book is so good. I think it's perfect for pretty much every girl out there. It brings out your girly feminine side that longs for perfect romances like in books, and the glamorous gowns side too. It also has the perfect amount of dystopian, almost, feel to it, which personally I really love to read. The characters in this are amazing and very addictive and the pages never feel long enough. I would no doubt give this book 5 stars. Kiera Cass is a splendid author with a true talent in writing, and her words flow so smoothly. I cannot wait for Book 2! Pick up this one as soon as you can!
Date published: 2012-10-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Beautiful Being advertised as 'The Hunger Games meets The Bachelor' made me shutter. I am not a Bachelor fan, I cant stand reality shows, but The Selection has much more of a medieval feel to it. Don't be excepting the Hunger Games either, only in the sense of the tiered cast system of dividing citizens. America Singer is a lovely main character and the author paints a believable future world, if you can get over how North America is the only continent that will survive into the future. Other than that my only issue was her name, America Singer, a girl who lives in what use to be America and sings....the author could have tried a bit harder on that.
Date published: 2012-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An absolute must-read! *A copy was provided by the publisher for review* Just as countless other readers, The Selection's gorgeous book cover instantly pulled me in. The gorgeous shade of blue, the posing of the model, the glimmering back drop; all were enough to make me want to add The Selection to my to-read shelf AND pre-order a copy immediately. Despite it's brief and negative publicity via the blogosphere a short couple of months ago, I was still exceptionally excited to read The Selection. Would The Selection be the opening to a new series I would love? Would it live up to my expectations? Both were questions that continuously floated through my mind before I finally braved to opening up the first page. The Selection by Kiera Cass tells the story of America Singer, a girl of a lower caste living in a world very different than our own. In hopes of gaining a better life, America's family convinces her to sign up for the Selection, a competition where only thirty-five girls will be selected to compete for Prince Maxon's heart and become his wife. Unexpectedly, America is selected among thousands to be one of the thirty-five competing. Entering the palace, America never expects to find herself competing against countless girls for something she doesn't truly want. Admittedly so, I was absolutely terrified before diving into The Selection. Unfortunately, despite it's "The Bachelor" sounding premise, I was fearful that somehow The Selection might turn into the catastrophe that was Modelland by Tyra Banks (shivers in fear). Luckily, it wasn't! In fact, overall, I felt that The Selection compared more towards the likes of Matched by Ally Condie than anything else. Moving on, I found myself having a very difficult time loving the world building. Unfortunately, even after completing the novel, I still found myself having a hard time understanding all it's inner workings. Fortunately enough, I didn't find myself minding very much the further I dove into the novel. In fact, I found myself more captivated by what was happening at the palace than anything else. Moving on, I wish I could say that I loved America Singer, but regrettably...I didn't. I was hoping America Singer, as the protagonist of a dystopian title, would posses some sort of strength, whether it be intellectual, physical, or emotional. Unfortunately, instead of finding any of the above mentioned strengths, I quickly discovered that America Singer was exceptionally indecisive. Fortunately enough, the introduction of Prince Maxon helped me come to terms with that, despite his own personal indecisiveness. As I mentioned earlier on in my review, The Selection by Kiera Cass does feature a premise very similar to that of TV show "The Bachelor", where numerous women compete for the heart of one man. With that said, I inevitably expected that there would be extreme drama and romance, but what I didn't expect was to discover that beneath the entire "Selection" portion of the story, that there indeed was so much more. In fact, it's underlying plot is what has me even more excited to read the following installment in the series! The Selection by Kiera Cass was an absolute blast! Despite my lack of love for protagonist America Singer, I found myself loving The Selection's romance and drama. I absolutely cannot wait to read what Kiera Cass has in store next, in addition to highly anticipating seeing how CW producers will portray it on television later this year!
Date published: 2012-04-09

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The Selection

by Kiera Cass

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.81 in

Published: March 18, 2013

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062059947

ISBN - 13: 9780062059949

About the Book

For 35 girls, the Selection is a dream come true. The chance to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To live in a castle and compete to win the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. The first in a trilogy, "The Selection" is now the basis of a new series on the CW.

From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

Kiera Cass is a graduate of Radford University and currently lives in Blacksburg, Virginia, with her family. Her fantasy novel the siren was self-published in 2009. Kiera has kissed approximately fourteen boys in her life. None of them were princes.

Editorial Reviews

"Reality T.V. meets dystopian fairy tale in Kiera Cass''s delightful debut. Charming, captivating, and filled with just the right amount of swoon!" (Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of Paranormalcy)
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