The Selection by Kiera CassThe Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection

byKiera Cass

Paperback | March 26, 2013

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Fall in love—from the very beginning. Discover the first book in the captivating, #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series.

Prepare to be swept into a world of breathless fairy-tale romance, swoonworthy characters, glittering gowns, and fierce intrigue perfect for readers who loved Divergent, Delirium, or The Wrath & the Dawn.

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape a rigid caste system, 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, and competing for a crown she doesn’t want.

Then America meets Prince Maxon—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Don't miss the next books in Kiera Cass's popular series, including The Elite, The One, The Heir, and The Crown.

Kiera Cass is a graduate of Radford University and currently lives in Christiansburg, Virginia, with her family. She is the #1New York Timesbestselling author of the Selection series as well asThe Siren.
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Title:The SelectionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.79 inPublished:March 26, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062059947

ISBN - 13:9780062059949

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from gr8 book one of my absolute favourite books - ive read it 4 times!
Date published: 2018-05-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I don't really know Kinda reminds me of the bachelor. There was a lot of boring parts but I don't hate it I just don't want to read it again
Date published: 2018-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT The fact that I stayed up until 5am in the middle of finals week just to finish this book goes to show how good this book is!!!! It was fun, funny, and very lovable. Although it was a little predictable, I still adored it and I CANNOT wait to read the next book in the series, but for the sake of my grades I will have to put it off until I'm done exams lmao
Date published: 2018-04-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from a pleasant read To be honest, I didn't know what to expect from this book. It has gained a lot of mixed reviews, but I found it rather enjoyable. The two main characters have such an interesting relationship and I fell in love with both of them. The author does a great job in making everyone realistic, even the side characters have a story, and I really appreciate it.
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tween Read My daughter enjoyed this book so much we've moved on to book 2 and 3 :)
Date published: 2018-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Series Ever From the very first chapter I was addicted. Couldnt put it down at all. Read first 3 books in less than a week. If you are looking for a mix between the Bachelor, Hunger Games and Princess Diaries, look no further. I would love to find my own Maxon.
Date published: 2018-04-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Maxon and America <3 I love the two characters together! There chemistry makes me heart full
Date published: 2018-03-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Guilt pleasure read I'm not proud to say I liked this book. It's the type of story that has a predictable plot, characters made for the sake of fulfilling a fantasy, and terrible worldbuilding (this actually annoyed me a lot). But I like the book anyways because it has drama and romance that will make your heart hurt and stomach clench. I'd recommend this to teen/young-adult girls who enjoy romance.
Date published: 2018-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! The story has so many twists and the story develops in a way that keeps it interesting and you feel connected with the main character, America. Also I love a good book with a strong female lead and she is so headstrong and confident that it was incredible! 10/10 would recommend.
Date published: 2018-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Whole series is awesome Great book. The whole series is awesome and really original.
Date published: 2018-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved Read this multiple times and fell in love with the glitzy world
Date published: 2018-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW I have read this book quite a few times and it never stops being good. I have lent it to a few friends and family members as well who also love it! Could not put it down
Date published: 2018-03-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great! This is pretty much The Bachelor meets The Hunger Games, so I honestly had fun with parts of it. I mean, a bunch of girls from various castes competing for the prince in a dystopian world is going to either be horrible or seriously entertaining. This was both. It's definitely targeted more towards the younger end of YA, though. The main character of America gets really annoying in the sequels (actually, everyone does). But I think we all know what we're in for just by the gorgeous covers: it's going to be a fun, light read. There will be red-haired heroines, angsty love triangles, and every other YA trope possible. Nothing's too serious. And I think that was my problem with the sequels... the author's weak attempts to stick some political analysis or rebel threat into the plot really killed the series. But for now this first book is fun enough!
Date published: 2018-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Recommended The second I started reading this book I couldn't put it down. I loved everything about this story. This is a book that I could read over and over again and never get tired of.
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from this is the bachelor This book is essentially a dystopian version of the bachelor. Its not great.. but I bought the whole series, hopefully it gets better. So far the characters are for the most part irritating, the story line is predictable and the writing style is mediocre.
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable It is definitely not one of the best books I have ever read, but it is extremely enjoyable nonetheless.
Date published: 2018-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intriguing Read You can't help but care about the characters. Once you pick up the book you won't want to put it down. America is a protagonist that you can't help but want to follow along on her journeys. Even though it reminds me of The Bachelor, I find it has much more to it than that. There is an actual story line that gets you hooked. This is one of those books that I like to read when I just want to get away from reality.
Date published: 2018-03-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay Okay book, kinda felt like I was reading the bachelor
Date published: 2018-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommend This book is highly engaging and very enjoyable. The characters are very interesting. The main character America Singer, can be frustrating but at the same time you can't stop caring about what will happen to her. My favourite character was Prince Maxon because there was always so much we were learning about him and his world. I highly recommend this book to all the teenagers. It is a quick read but you will not be able to put it down. One of my favourite books of all time. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Never put it down Bachelor in a dystopian world. You don't read this for the world building, just the fluff and the drama and the love. And I love it all
Date published: 2018-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Selection Although it is quite cliché of how the protagonist is the main interest of the prince because of her stubborn nature, The Selection is a guilty pleasure of mine. I enjoyed how it tried to convey the wrongness of hierarchy and ranks.
Date published: 2018-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Guilty Pleasure I think I originally started reading this book because I was drawn to the book series on a shelf and I'm a sucker for anything with royalty in it. I would say this would be a guilty pleasure book of mine. Sappy romance, happily ever after love and oh hey here's a princess just to sweeten the deal.
Date published: 2018-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hooked Got hooked on the series after this read
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent, I Guess I read this book a few years ago when I was within the age demographic it's geared towards and I honestly enjoyed it. Was it the most amazing novel I've ever read? Not by any means, but it was interesting enough to keep my attention and pass the time. The writing is simple, which could be either a good or bad thing, but was good in this case as it allowed me to finish the novel in about two hours. Which leads me to my next point; this is a seriously fast read that doesn't take all that much to get into. The plot moves along quickly and doesn't focus on irrelevant details that do nothing for it. I would have liked to have a little more world-building and information on the characters, especially at the beginning, but I picked up on most of it fairly quickly anyway. It's pretty cliché, as you'd expect from a YA dystopian. Extremely predictable. Fairly two-dimensional characters. That being said, if you go in knowing what you're going to get and not expecting it to be anything more than it is, it's a pretty good read.
Date published: 2018-01-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok everyone had been telling me to pick this book up, and I had super high expectations. However, when I actually read it, I realized it was NOT worth it
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Series Got the whole series for Christmas and I am on book 4/5. The series is a page turner and has great character development and an interesting plot
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE A classic love story with a dystopia twist. Loved it throughout the whole book!
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Did Not Enjoy Unfortunately, I did not enjoy this book. The main character was very annoying. The writing style wasn't good. While the premise was interesting, the execution wasn't. The plotline was very weak, and the relationship between the main characters was unrealistic and so cheesy, I wanted to bang my head against the wall. It was interesting to see the author's interpretation of their idea, but it was poorly executed. I do not recommend this book.
Date published: 2018-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT I ABSOLUTLEY ADORED THIS BOOK!! Definitely one of my favs.
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from YASSSSSS I read this around 2 years ago and omg I'm so happy i did because to this day it still remains one of my favourites!
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book A fascinating story of love and a new interesting world to learn about.
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Book out there for teenage girls when I first bought this book, I wasn't sure if I would like it or not. one of the employees at Indigo actually recommended it to me and told me it was a good book to read. so, when I got home after buying it, I sat down to read it and I honestly could not put it down. the reviews from other authors and such that are on the back of the book are defiantly right when they say its like The Hunger Games & The Bachelor/Bacherlorette without the blood & violence.. if you are into that kind of stuff, and by that I mean The Hunger Games & The Bachelor and The Bachelorette series, I'd defiantly give this a read!
Date published: 2017-12-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from pretty good Although this book was not terribly well written, it was really entertaining and I'm excited to read the next book in the series
Date published: 2017-12-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from pretty good Although this book was not terribly well written, it was really entertaining and I'm excited to read the next book in the series
Date published: 2017-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Magical with lovable characters
Date published: 2017-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really loved it! I got this book mainly because my friend recommended it to me when I had run out of books to read. I was never into romance, I always loved sci-fi and mystery so I went into the book not expecting much. I was really happy to find that this book is actually really intriguing. It keeps you on your toes with the ups and downs in the relationship and it's an interesting concept.
Date published: 2017-12-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Entertaining I enjoyed this book. It is a nice, easy summer read to enjoy by the lake or beach. It is very romantic. You will be hooked. It is super cheesy but sometimes that is what you need :)
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK EVERRRRR I literally stayed up till 2 am reading this book !! I love the whole series exept the 2 last ones
Date published: 2017-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from its okay... while reading the book i couldn't put it down, however thinking back the plot is kind of cheesy.
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book! I bought this when I was just starting middle school and I was in love! I could not put it down, I especially loved the characters and how developed they were. This is my all time favorite series sad it ended but glad that it wasn't a series that drags on.
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Series I read this series awhile ago and seriously went through all of them in under a month. Excellent story and a truly great read. I would definitely recommend this series.
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was ok I loved the story, but I didnt like the love triangle because America kept going back and forth between the 2 men. She's indecisive and kept leading them both on. But I liked the story overall I guess. It depends on what you like. If you enjoy the bachelor then this would be for you.
Date published: 2017-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love It! I love this story! Just the way America's character develops is amazing! I love the Max and Aspen love triangle! Really good for really any age!
Date published: 2017-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love It! I love this story! Just the way America's character develops is amazing! I love the Max and Aspen love triangle! Really good for really any age!
Date published: 2017-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love It! I love this story! Just the way America's character develops is amazing! I love the Max and Aspen love triangle! Really good for really any age!
Date published: 2017-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Cute! Honestly, I read this book in a day. Its a nice spin on a dystopian novel that will have you hooked! All the character are AMAZING (even though America, the main character you see on the front cover- can make some bad decisions) :))
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute I love this dramatic and developed series. Its a pretty easy read but very enjoyable.
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great This series is incredibly entertaining and perfect for rereading the drama and romance over and over again!
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read This series is incredibly entertaining and perfect for rereading the drama and romance over and over again!
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love It Awesome series that's super heart warming with the perfect amount of romance and diverse characters! Great plot concept too
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brilliant Awesome series that's super heart warming with the perfect amount of romance and diverse characters! Great plot concept too
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Good!!! The girls at work were reading this book so I thought "Sure, why not?" Hooked!!! It was so much better than I expected. I couldn't wait for the next book.
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Got bad I listened to the audio book and I "almost" liked it. The premise was interesting, the characters were surprisingly well written and it actually diverted from the typical YA tropes, at first. I actually really liked the first half, but then it's almost like it devolved into the typical YA tropes and became downright bad. I was torn between not wanting to read the next books but wanting to find out what happened because of the extreme cliff hanger ending (which I also dislike). I settled for reading the summaries of the plots for the next books and I'm glad I did that because I satisfied my curiosity in a concise way without having to slog through the other books. Disappointing because I really wanted to like this one and was looking forward to hours of audio book pleasantness.
Date published: 2017-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good It was like a lot of other books, it seems to me that it was a sort of mix of the Hunger Game and Red Queen . Good anyways
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Romance with a twist I really enjoyed this series. More interesting than your average romance novel. Light read.
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fun read! Although not perfect and a little cheesy, this was still a great read. Perfect if you're looking for a light, romantic read with pretty dresses.
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect for a light YA Read I picked this up the other day and couldn't put it down! Sure it had it's flaws as all YA's tend to but overall I enjoyed it. #plumreviews
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! I actually really liked this series! Although the names were unoriginal, it was a sweet and drama-filled story perfect for young teenage girls and set in a unique world
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love!! sure, a lot of people who've read it say it's really cheesy but I am so down for this. sometimes, you just need some angst-y romance with a strong heroine and lots of gowns.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed reading this book! I loved this book, it was a very fun read and I could never put it down till I finished it.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THIS WAS AMAZING wowowowow this book kept me wanting more and more the whole time :)
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book! its so good there's role play of it on Instagram lol
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE LOVE LOVE My sister kept telling me to read this and I was so put off by the description on the back because it didn't really interest me but I ended up loving it! It was the fastest I have ever read a series.
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book This book was a really fast read for me, such an amazing book
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Beginning was a little slow, but I love the concept behind this book. So excited to read the second!
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good book, bad series cass sets up what could be a fantastically rich world with complex characters and a quickly changing political landscape but fails to capitalize on those elements. it is basically a dystopian bachelor series. the first book is a nice quick read, the rest of the series isn't worth it.
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read I really enjoyed this book even if you could predict most of it after the first line read
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! Absolutely loved this book!
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE Love this series, and I bought the box set
Date published: 2017-08-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Must Read This series is a must read for any young teenage girl! Friendships, romance, and age-appropriate scandal, these books have it all! The tone of voice is easy to read and the characters are loveable and evoke every emotion they need to
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved This! This book kept me hooked the whole time! My friend lent it to me after not liking it herself, but I LOVED it! The characters were easy to fall in love with and watch how they interacted together. I always wanted more after each chapter and continued to read through it in a few days! A fast paced read but worth the short time none the less to move into the rest of the series! You will love this romantic, giddy and heartfelt book!
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW This is such a fun book. I feel in love with the characters, plot and world! You have to read this series
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved. Pretty much a combination of hunger games and the bachelor.
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! My teacher had provided my class a few books to choose from to read for five weeks and write essays about. I had picked The Selection. At first, I didn't seem to understand the concept of this book and didn't have much interest. Yet as I read on, I fell more and more in love with the idea of The Selection book and it's characters. As I had mentioned earlier we were assigned to read these books over the course of five weeks, meaning we could not take them home and only read for 40 minutes in-class. As I could not wait to finish, I went home the same night we began reading our books, bought myself a copy of The Selection and finished it in one night. I have finished America's story so far, yet I still need to read about her daughter. This book series would be great for anyone that likes romance, drama and action. You quickly learn to love the characters in this book and will find yourself reading on without being able to put the book down. Great book!
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from In love! At first I wasn't sure if I should but it as it kind of seemed like a book about 'The Bachelor' in a sense. But it definitely was worth the buy! I bought the first two just in case I liked the series and now I am done the second one and waiting for the last 3 to be delivered! I wasn't a fan on how short each of the books were but it definitely keeps you hooked!
Date published: 2017-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Selection I am sooo happy I started this series today. I just finished two very deep and thought provoking books that made me cry more than once. I wanted to read something that was going to make me excited, and jump around while reading and get frustrated when things didn't happen how I wanted.. I needed a light hearted book... but this delivered so much more. America is a kick-ass main character. She isn't afraid to speak her mind, even when she should keep her mouth shut. I am firmly on Team Maxon. Holy moly he's perfect. I think it's really sweet how innocent he is towards dating, and I like that things with him and American aren't happening all at once.. it's been slow developing and honest. And Aspen.. while I can't hate the guy in the beginning or even end of this book... he's just going to complicate things haha :) (I'm clearly too invested already). I enjoy books that make me mad and happy and grin like an idiot after finishing a chapter. This book definitely had me doing all theses things, and I am soooo excited to start the next book hopefully tomorrow at work <3 !
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Boy Oh Boy Was This A Good Book This book gave me too many feels, too many good feels, but still too many feels. There wasn't a moment where I wasn't thoroughly pleased. If I wasn't too busy smiling my face off, I was overly occupied with swooning. This book was unconditionally sweet, and the relationship between the characters was so amazing. I would recommend anyone thinking about reading this book, should DEFINITELY do it, you won't regret it.
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cross between Hunger Games and the Bachelor I really enjoyed reading this book! The plot was fantastic, and I enjoyed the variety of characters present.
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from IN LOVE!! This series is by far one of my favourite series ever! The first book sets up the story and world in a delicately beautiful way and completely draws you in.
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceeded my expectations If you like the hunger games and the bachelor - this is a good book for you! Not only that, but I really enjoyed the writing and it was just to hard to put down. Really looking forward to reading the next book!
Date published: 2017-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it!! I've read the entire series multiple times, and everyone I have recommended it to has loved it!! If you want a romantic cheesy love story in young adult this is totally it!!
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from this was the best book ever!!! i bought this book a little while ago and i finished reading it and i still have it on my mind!!!! This was one of the best books ever and im looking forward to reading the rest of the series
Date published: 2017-07-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful, Thoughtful, Romantic I thought that this book had the vibes of Hunger Games meet the Bachelor, because the book was about a bunch of girls competing for the love of a one royal guy! This book is a definite romance lover and that is why I would recommend it to anyone who loves romance and especially competition for it. It seemed like the main plot line of the story was the romance, and the author tried to include another plot in the backdrop of the story, and it did not really seem to work, as most readers would be focused on the romance, and it seemed like the extra stuff was forcefully added and it did not seem natural. All in all, it is a cute book, however it is for more mature readers as it talks about love and all that. There are more books in the series so it continues on, and Kiera Cass, also writes more stories similar to this one on the topic of love. I think that this book was generally okay, and it would be a good read for people who enjoy romance.
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites! The selection series is one of my favorite series ever! I love reading romance and fantasy, when I had just started reading books, two summers ago, this was one of the series that got me addicted to books. The adventure, the feelings and the action of the book was amazing! I loved it!
Date published: 2017-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty good, you'll like if it even if you're 14 or 27 Not just for teens. This is enjoyable to people in their 20s too because of the bachelor-esque nature of it. It is The Bachelor meets the Hunger Games. It is a very easy read and quite the page turner.
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book EVER! I first read this book a few months ago, and the second I picked it up, I couldn't put it down. It was that good! I love the fact that the author put a brilliant young woman like America in the spotlight and told her story. It was just perfect! From the beginning I loved America. She's not your typical "I want to be a princess" type of girl, she's the quiet type, but also a strong fighter. In this story, America is chosen to be a Selected in the Selection, in which she will try to win the heart of Prince Maxon of Illea against 34 other selected girls. In this suspenseful romance novel, America finds herself in a position where she'll have to choose who she loves more; Price Maxon or Aspen, her former love. This is the perfect book to read when you want a private get-a-way right in your heart!
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow to start, but well worth a read! Sometimes the first book isn't the best in a series, but you need a first book in order to fall in love with the series. It took me a couple chapters to understand where this book was going, but I was not disappointed by the end!
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book This book is fantastic. I couldn't put it down! I thought the concept of it being a competition was going to be trashy but it ended up being the exact opposite
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from premise was interesting, but execution was not I read this because they said it was a dystopian novel. It is not, it is a romance novel. the concept was interesting, but overall it was a romance novel.
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful I have read this book over and over again, and it never fails to amaze how things turn out to be great.
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fell in love I fell in love with the characters right away, this is a great book. Easy to read, keeps you hooked and wanting more.
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A solid novel I picked this book up because it was so popular and I hadn't read it yet. I liked it! It had the perfect amount of everything: romance, suspense, and twists. Nothing was overdone, and although there is somewhat of a love triangle, it is not forced. The only reason why this is getting four stars and not five is because I felt the caste system needed to be explained way more, and the chapter with the history lesson was way too much information at once. I could hardly follow it.
Date published: 2017-05-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Hunger games meets The Bachelorette I have many gripes about The Selection. Marketed as 'The Hunger Games meets The Bachelorette' The Selection is coasting down the already plowed roads that other hugely successful dystopian novels cleared before it. Set in a world years into the future where the population is broken into castes, the prince of a newly formed America, now named Iilea, must host a Selection to find his new trophy wife. 35 girls between the ages of 16 and 20 are to attend and the prince will slowly or quickly widdle his way through them depending on his mood. Enter America Singer. She's your everyday Joanne Everywoman, plain and ordinary through and through. When America gets the invitation to register for the Selection, she dismisses it entirely. She is 16 years old, she is serious about her boyfriend, and she does not want to leave her family. However, the caste difference between her and her boyfriend Aspen is going to complicate life. She will be marrying down, and Aspen does not want a life of penury for her. He encourages her to register for the selection, not wanting her to miss an opportunity to get ahead in life. For some reason, she gives in to the wishes of both Aspen and her mother who was also on her case about entering the selection. It's no surprise that the underdog gets in. When she meets Maxon, America tells him she has nothing to offer him but friendship and is rather honest with him about her heart being elsewhere despite Aspen showing her the door a few days before her departure to the palace. What she does have to offer is her views on the other girls. The two strike up a rather honest friendship which I feel is one of the books stronger points. However, The Selection has a few things holding it down. Sexism is rampant, especially in the first half of the novel. Aspen has a massive inferiority complex due to his caste and lets it get the best of him. It becomes the driving force behind him breaking up with America and to him pushing her towards the selection. He feels like she's missing out on opportunities in her life, yet stays with her for two years, dating her in secret. Apsen holds firm to the beliefs that it's a man's duty to take care of his wife and when America splurged on dinner for him, he took it as a shot to his masculinity. Also, there's a law in place that forces the female population to stay a virgin until the wedding. If one is caught with their pants down, they're thrown in prison and slide down the social ladder to an 8 and are rendered homeless. It's mentioned that it's a way to control the population yet there's a lot of large families and there doesn't seem to be a choice against having a large family, particularly with the castes below 4. The Selection also panders to other stereotypes of the genre. America is plain and ordinary and heaven forbid if you give her a compliment on her looks. She can't take a compliment to save her life, completely rejecting it and arguing against it. Marlee, The one girl she truly befriends, is the typical 'All America Nice Girl', while Celeste is the resident 'bitch'. The antagonists are a faceless rebellion and the conflict happens outside while the girls are forced into hiding with their pretty dresses. The love triangle is a joke too, tacked on for some drama. There's an interesting concept beneath the drivel and I really didn't hate The Selection as much as I ought too. It's just to loose to hold anything of substance.
Date published: 2017-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific Great Series. One of the best historical fiction books i've read.
Date published: 2017-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read. I read this in a short amount of time, but definitely a roller coaster of emotions, great way to start off the series and great twist on the classic prince/princess aspect.
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MUST READ This novel is simply magical. It shows the stress of someone who doesn't want to be involved in a world of luxury. But the love that America and Maxon develop throughout the book is just to die for. It gives hopes that fairy tales can be true. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book I needed a book to read while travelling somewhere and just happened to pick this one off the shelf. I am so glad I did; I love this book - it grabs your attention from start to finish and was hard to put down. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect! I adore this novel so much. My love for it only strengthens the more I read it.
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THIS BOOK Was amazing but sometime America would get on my last nerve.
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! I honestly thought that this book wasn't part of a series, so I was surprised and a little mad when the story wasn't done when I got to the end of the book. Despite that being said, as soon as I finished it, I immediately read it again just to make sure I wasn't missing anything. Overall, it is very well written and perfectly combines the premise of both the Hunger Games and Cinderella. If you're a fan of either, I'm confident that you will love this one, though it's romance and there's no killing.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good The concept of this book is really interesting but I couldn't stand that stupid love triangle. I hated Aspen with a passion, like could he just shut up and mind his own business. Then there's Prince Maxon whom I grew to like but that doesn't change that he's sorta taking advantage of all these girls and it's pretty screwed up when he uses like one girl for specific purpose which is not to become his wife (though that's in a later book)
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good fun read Whatever you are expecting from this book is probably what you're going to get. For me it was an easy enjoyable read, just what I was looking for.
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED THIS I finished this in 7 hours. I started it right before I go to bed and I did not sleep until I finished it, at 5am the next morning.
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book was amazing! Quite a while ago I read this book, and it instantly became one of my favourite books! This book is a beautifully written, heartwarming story. Though I loved this book, I do not not suggest it to anyone over 12. Overall I loved book and it was a great story.
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting concept I really liked this series a world where everyone is numbered at birth as part of a cast system is so interesting to me!
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Even though I never really liked The Bachelor, the premise of this story seemed interesting to me. I have always loved fairy tale stories, and this book certaintly was a Cinderella story. That being said, I didn't like the book quite as much as I initially thought I would. Some parts were just a little too slow moving for me. That being said, I loved the way it showed that you can find love even when you least expect it. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Omg this is my favourite series ever. Read through it in 2 days! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from In Love I read this book this summer and it was amazing! Made me want to read every single book by the author!
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great easy read I bought this book years ago and it remains one of my favorites. Like the other reviews,!its a Hunger Games Bachelor type of crossover. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FAVOURITE! I LOVE THIS AMAZING BOOK! It has great characters and is fun and cute and amazing.
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good! the first book got me hooked.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This was an easy read for me but I love the concept. It's like The Bachelor meets the caste systems of Hunger Games/Divergent. I have re-read the whole series twice now and am still in love with it.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Favourite Love this so much. Definitely a must read.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! So many people were reading this so I decided to give it a try. I don't usually read books about princesses and princes but I enjoyed this book very much. America Singer is not your usual princess, in fact she doesn't even want to be in "The Selection" where you and others compete to be Prince Maxon's wife. Her personality is so lovable it's hard to stop once you start.
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this This book was so fun to read, and I flew through it. Definitely one of my favourite books, its so easy to read and love.
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Bachelor for Teen Girls By the description of this book I was intrigued to say the least. It seemed like it could be interesting. Well I wasn't fully mistaken. The Selection wasn't the worst novel I've ever read but it wasn't the best. World building could have been better, the drama could have been less forced and the entire plot could have less predictable. That being said I liked the characters, except America, they seemed to all bring something different to the table. I'd recommend this to young teen girls to read who dream of the love with a prince.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I like it I like the series, I'd suggest you read it
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Great book. It kept me reading to the end and to buy the next in the series.
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Royal version of a Bachelor If you are looking for a book with a lot of action.. this is not for you. Everyone at one moment in their lives dream about being a prince or a princess, This book is a mix of the old princess dream and the new Bachelor obsession. I love it because it is easy to read, but it doesn't keep me awake at night to know what's gonna happen.
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addicting! I didn't think I would enjoy this book as much as I did, but it was great!
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pleasantly Surprised I expected for this to be cheesy, but it was so entertaining that I had to purchase the entire series.
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such an amazing story I bought the first book about a week ago and I finish the all three books (The Selection, The Elite, The One) in three days. A great story! A story testing how far you will go for a love! If you like reading romance/mystery books that keep you guessing what's coming next.... You should check out "The Selection"!
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVED IT! Such an amazing and exciting read! The rest of the series is even better. It is not a just book about princess and kings, there's action, drama, and so much more! Definitely, recommend it!
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read I have fallen in love with this book and the characters. It's witty and charming and full of moments that make you fall in love with it even more.
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT It's the kind of book that you want to read over and over again. You end up loving the characters and feeling like you are part of the story. Great book
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it!!!!! I loved this book. I saw a friend reading it a couple years ago and I finally got around to reading it. In this book, you follow America, the main character/protagonist, and her journey into the struggle of deciding to join the selection for her family's sake or be with the boy she loves. It starts off with 35 girls and we see the beginning of how much she struggles with being away from her family and in the castle. Read to find out more...
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Quasi-dystopian teen version of The Bachelor In short, this is the teen, quasi-dystopian book version of The Bachelor. Mostly fluff, but enjoyable enough that I'll likely read the next one. Not a book I'd suggest for young teens not only because the romance would be over their heads, but also because the sexuality is a little mature for anyone under 15 or 16.
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tops my list of all-time faves! I've reread this romantic series too many times to count! Love, love love!!
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great!!!!! I have never read a book quite like this before, but I truly enjoyed it. The plot line was well thought out, and very enticing. The author did a great job at creating an emotional connection to each character in the book. Loved it! Recommended for all.
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So amazing!!! Ever since I was young, I've always loved reading (and watching movies) about anything related to royalty, and let me just say that this has beat anything that I've read/seen. First of all, the characters just pulled me right in to the story; they just seemed so realistic! Secondly, the story line; it was absolutely fabulous! It was so well made and so well written! And thirdly, Prince Maxon. The best and sweetest guy there has ever existed in any books I've read (and I've read a lot, so that's really saying something). Overall, I am so glad Kiera Cass gave us the opportunity to discover this wonderful world she has developed, and I will be forever thankful to her!
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT Awesome! Couldn't put the book down, without finishing it!
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great The story line took me in and it was cute and predictable, yet still a good read
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from lovely its hard not to gush over the characters and squirm when they're doing something embarrassing. good book, really.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved This book is a cross between the bachelor and the hunger games. It is an easy but enjoyable read! One of my favourite series!
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of My Favourites I ordered this book online, wanting to start reading a new series, but wasn't sure if it would be a series i enjoyed. Overall, I loved it.
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Read Really cute story and an enjoyable read. An interesting cross between a dystopian novel and the Bachelorette.
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Beautiful Read! My Favorite Book! This book was so amazing for me - I couldn't put it down! At first I thought it would be a bad book because the prince had to select a bride, but it turned out he was a huge sweet heart and didn't want to choose a wife this way. I was surprised by how well it was written and I quickly finished the whole Selection series! Thank you, Kiera Cass for the beautifully told journey!
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good book this was a really good book!! and America just has the best attitude! oh and Maxon, of course.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from romantic anyone who likes a good romance must read this
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Selection, Selected. I enjoyed this book, was it the best book I've ever read? No. The premise was interesting, the twist and turns too. Great for those in the age group. I've given my copy to my little cousin and she's very much loving it. I thought it would be perfect for her. I liked it enough to read the rest of the series as some lighter fun reading.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprisingly good I had known about this book for a while but never thought I would love it. Now that I've finished the series I must admit that I was wrong. This story was beautiful, classy and left me breathless till the very end. A must read!
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Im in Love! Such a great book! Can't wait for the next one!
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from a great series! although it was fairly cliche i'd still recommend reading it, it's easy to get involved in the story and read it all in one (fairly long) sitting
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MY FAVOURITE BOOK Best book and book series in general for me.
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fun fantasy A great rags to riches story that throws twists and turns at you every step of the way. As it is described, the hunger games without bloodshed. Loved everything about it and I cannot understand why anyone would dislike such a sweet book like this. A great start to the series.
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cute and easy read!! I read this book in a matter of hours!! I was so happy that I'd ordered the entire series so I could keep reading. This book kept me smiling and eager to keep turning the pages. I would recommend this series to anyone in the market for an easy, cute read. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Light & Fluffy: Perfect for Mindless Fun While THE SELECTION is certainly not going to push the boundaries of your knowledge or reading comprehension in any way, it is an entertaining read. If you like THE BACHELOR, you'll likely enjoy THE SELECTION.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best! This is literally the book that started it all. It was heartbreaking, dramatic and just gives you a headache (but in a good way!) when the cluster of events begin to kick in! It put in a whole new world of mood swings, empathy and just gives a whole new experience on how it would feel to be a royal and also an inside look of how the life of the rich struggle and endure their lifestyle. Absolutly beautiful. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hahahaha Oh. My. Freaking. Goodness. This was hilarious. The writing is terrible, the premise is unoriginal (dystopian Bachelor, anyone?) and the characters are just... awful. But it was so bad it was hilarious.
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved this! The Selection by Kiera Cass was a very interesting novel and was much better than I expected. Immediately, I knew I was goingto like the plot of this book just because it was so different than anything I had read lately. America Singer is a Six – two castes (a social class that the people of the country were divided into) up from being homeless, hungry and penniless. She and her family live in a town in Carolina and don’t have much themselves. When the opportunity to become Prince Maxon’s wife (The Selection) is brought upon every girl between 16 – 20 years of age, America’s mom is quick to convince her. Eventually, after much pestering, not only from her family but from others as well, she agrees to enter, doubting her odds anyhow. Surprisingly enough, America is one of the 35 girls chosen for The Selection and will live with the Prince and his family in the palace until a wife is chosen. Cass brings us on America’s journey through the transition into living like a One (in a palace nonetheless), through the violent attacks by the rebels and the tension between her and the other girls fighting for the crown all the while trying desperately to forget something..or someone.. she has left behind in her town in Carolina…. Oddly enough, one thing I loved about this novel were the royal figures.They weren’t obnoxious and stuck up like all the other ‘fairytale’ novels, but they were quite kind and liked to have a laugh once in a while. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Game of Thrones type of setting with brutal battles for the throne, though it was refreshing to have read such a, for lack of a better word, clean novel. Another aspect I very much admired, and usually do with most young adult dystopian novels I have read lately (The Hunger Games, Divergent, Delirium) is that the main, female character is a rebel. America Singer doesn’t like to follow the rules, frequently breaking curfew at home and even overstepping a couple boundaries when she arrives at the palace. Unlike many of the other girls in The Selection, she isn’t trying to be anyone but herself, advice she has taken from the Queen of Illea herself. (who once was in The Selection years back as well) America allows readers to see a different perspective on royalty and the whole ‘prince charming’ idea as, initially, she’s not very charmed by the prince and is not very fone od him…That is until she beings to talk to him and become one of his closest sort-of-friends-but-sometimes-more. This may sound like a cliché book (even having the whole love triangle thing, though I’m not going to spoil it), though I assure you, you will be surprised. It may seem like all fun and games though there are issues going on with the rebels that we don’t know much about and have yet to discover. I’m looking forward to reading the second novel that has just come out, Elite. I quite enjoyed the land of Illea and the structure itself – the eight castes and the varying members of each, though it reminded me much of The Hunger Games. Just like in the THG, each caste, or district, becomes poorer as you go up from One. In this land, it is likely for someone to marry within their caste, though not prohibited. (It just takes a lot more paperwork) America’s parents want her to marry up, of course, because they know that living the life of a Six for the rest of her life is not good enough. As much as this is similar to THG, it’s different in the sense that in The Selection, I feel as though the higher castes are more hostile towards those below them, whereas I didn’t get as strong of a feeling from Suzanne Collins’ novels. All in all, I though Illea’s castes were well-designed and made the story uniquely interesting. Another thing I liked were the different kids of relationships America had with all of the people in her ife: Maxon, Aspen (someone I have not told you about for sakes of keeping the book a surprise), her mother, her father, her sister, her brother, the other girls from The Selection and so on. You can really tel who she loves very much, like her father and her youngest sister, and who she has mixed feelings about, like Maxon, the other girls and even her mother sometimes. It makes for a fun story.. Well, that’s about it. I really did love this story for the romance, suspense, unique plot and varying relationships between characters. I give this 4 and 1/2 stars!
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! I wasn't sure what to expect from this one, and honestly, is was the cover that had me picking it up in the first place. However, I love the world that Kiera Cass has created within these pages, and it fits perfectly within the dystopian genre. If this type of novel had been written as a present day contemporary, I'm not sure it would have worked, but as a dystopian it was perfect, and I loved both American and Maxon's characters, and the fact that despite being on dramatic different sides of the caste system, they both still face struggles, and realize that no one's life is ever perfect. A must read recommendation from me!
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite book series! This is not an exaggeration: this book (this entire series!) has rekindled my love of reading <3 Kiera Cass has become my favourite author! The concept seemed odd at first, but the more I read, the more I couldn't put the book down.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty Good Not a favourite, but very interesting all the same. Maxon is a dear, and America is relatable. Currently reading the third book.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I absolutely loved it! America and Maxon encounters had me smiling throughout the entire story. I was able to finish it over a weekend and when I was done I couldn't wait to read the next book in the series.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Bachelor with a Twist America gets selected to be in a contest for the Prince's affection, only because she put her name in at her boyfriend request. Wanting a better life for her Aspen lets her go, only it isn't the dream life he imagined for her. A tomboy thrust into high society is forced to bend or break under the scrutiny of world leaders.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm OBSESSED with this series! The Selection series is full of hype. AND IT DESERVES EVERY OUNCE OF LOVE IT RECEIVES. America and Prince Maxon are the ultimate ship. Such a great story!
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good for pre-teens Even though the plot is predictable and weak, it is fun fluffy read.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Bachelor and Hunger Games Hybrid Without knowing anything about this series, I decided to give it a read based on its' popularity. I had no idea what it was about and as per my norm, I had not read a description or summary prior to reading. Now, after reading this first novel in the series, I understand the popularity. It almost is a combination of what is popular in reality yet in a book, dystopian form. This book seemed like a combination of The Bachelor and The Hunger Games (or Divergent or any dystopian novel with the world divided into factions/castes/districts/provinces). I wouldn't say the content is fresh, surprising, or new but it was enjoyable to read. As for the main character, America, I'm torn whether I'm a big fan of hers or not. She reminds me a lot of Katniss in The Hunger Games series and that can be frustrating in moments. She can sway back and forth in her love interests, and had the whole Gale/Peeta syndrome. Pick one girl, pick one. Anyway. Long explanation aside, I'd recommend this novel to the dystopian lovers out there. It may not be new, fresh, ideas but it was an enjoyable, quick read.
Date published: 2016-12-25

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!”