The Selection

Kobo ebook | April 24, 2012

byKiera Cass

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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.

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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 mean...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:April 24, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062059955

ISBN - 13:9780062059956


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fairy Tale Book This book was a Christmas gift after a worker from "Coles/Chapters" suggested it, because I like "The Hunger Games". I can see why she suggested it based on "The Hunger Games". I would suggest "The Chemical Garden" trilogy by Lauren DeStefano if you have read and liked "The Selection" or vice versa. This book is one of the reasons I read. So I can put myself in a world I will never have. It's only the first book out of five, but so far it has been the cutest love story. The book is about a contest where 35 girls are picked to compete to become the wife of Prince Maxon and the future Queen of Illea. And of course it isn't a love story without a love triangle. So honestly, so far not much has happened. But the book sucks you in because the characters are strong and you start to love them, and you're probably a sucker for romance if you're thinking about reading this book. There has been a little talk about the rebels, but not much. So I am interest to see how this book series is going to stretch out or five books, and hopefully still be as good as the first book. If you haven't read "The Selection", "The Hunger Games" or "The Chemical Garden" trilogy, you really should! Their all great books for us young adult readers!
Date published: 2016-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New favourite book of all time! I have never fallen more in love with a book series than I have with The Selection! I recommend it wholeheartedly <3
Date published: 2016-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite Book! When I just started to love reading, I started this book. It was beatiful writen and made me fall in love with America. MY ALL TIME FAVORIT BOOK!
Date published: 2016-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Start Not normally my taste but I really liked this. Was super into it. It feels like the start of a very interesting concept/world.
Date published: 2016-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read this book! I had seen these books floating around for a while and I resisted reading them. I’m not a big pageant fan and from first glance I figured that’s what they were about. Finally, my curiosity got the best of me and I picked up the first book in the series. Boy, am I glad I did! Everyone knows I am a huge Hunger Games fan and this series is more akin to that series than any pageant book. The main character America is likeable but at times irritating (much like Katniss) and the premise is wholly unique. A Dystopian book, The Selection is set in a futuristic country where the ruling monarchy chooses the next Princess for the Prince through a competition hauntingly similar to The Bachelor reality television show. But the stakes are higher here. Although she has no interest in competing, mainly because she’s in love with Aspen, a lower caste boy, America only puts her name into the lottery to appease her mother and, surprisingly, Aspen as well. America never thinks that her name will be the one drawn. When it is she is swept away into the competition. But instead of focusing on winning, America ends up making friends with many of the other girls in the competition, simply because they are nice and she’s missed out on making friends for most of her life. She’s had to work as a musician rather than socialize with friends. She has no interest in Prince Maxon, believing he is a spoiled rich kid. When she ends up meeting him and discovers that he’s actually a nice guy, she begins to question her own belief system. But America is honest with Maxon. She needs to stay in the competition to help her family as much as possible but she is in love with someone else. Maxon says he understands and says he doesn’t really need another girl to chose from, what he really needs is a friend who can advise him on the girls in the competition. And with that they become fast friends. I am a complete fan of this series now. I breezed through Book 1 and immediately went looking for Book 2. Strongly recommend this one for any Dystopian fans out there!
Date published: 2016-06-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Light, hopeful, sweet and fun This was the perfect book for me to read right now. It is light, hopeful, sweet and fun. When I first picked it up I thought it would be like a tamer version of the TV show the Bachelor. I found it to be better than that with a little more substance. Firstly, it is set in a post-apocalyptic North America in which everyone is divided into castes. Your life is defined by your caste - what you can and can't do, who you date and marry (sex before marriage is illegal) and what job you do. The castes are numbers from 1 (being the highest and most well off) to 8 (being the lowest and poorest). The Heroine of the story, America, is a 6 caste and a singer. I thought the name was hokey (the author does explain later in the story why she is named that) but I like her character. I relate to her wanting to be herself and not wear make-up or dresses and not caring about being princess and all the attention that goes with being royal and her love for being outside. The whole plot revolves around the 'Bachelor' like competition that is run in order to help the Prince find a wife. The contest is open to all single girls of a select age from any caste. All they have to do is apply and then 35 are chosen to go to the palace and stay until the Prince makes his choice. At the story's opening America has a secret boyfriend, Aspen (who is of a lower caste which would mean if they married she would become his caste) who is poorer than her and constantly hungry because he gives up most of his food for his younger siblings. He works to support his family because his father is dead. America's love for Aspen is pretty obvious because she saves food from her dinner to feed him when they sneak out to her treehouse to meet every evening - also illegal. This becomes a sticking point for Aspen because he is proud and his pride is hurt by her looking after him when he believes it should be the other way around. He also doesn't want to bring her down to his caste and have her know hunger and need. So he breaks up with her. Aspen encouraged America (who is already getting pressured by her mother) to enter the Selection. His way of thinking is that if she gets picked she has a chance at a life without need, if she doesn't then at least he tried to get her a better life. With Aspen out of her life, America is accepted into the Selection though she is still in love with Aspen. I could relate to America's broken heart over Aspen. All she did was love him and he rejected her out of pride. His short-sightedness was frustrating but ultimately I felt that she was better off without him since he made the decision and didn't take her feelings into account. So when America arrives at the palace at the start of the Selection I was rooting for her to find a new path. What I loved about this book was how Cass allowed for America's feelings for Maxon to develop naturally before throwing in the twist near the end. Her reaction is truly believable but also frustrating to me as the reader. You want her to recognize how much she has changed and grown and therefore make what to the reader is the obvious choice. However, as a reader one also knows what love is really like. It isn't obvious or black and white. There is a lot of gray and a lot of questioning. Overall the end leaves the book in a tidy place for the start of the next book in the series.
Date published: 2016-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Of The Best Series! I bought this book last December, and I have read it at least 5 times since then. I am not a fan of "dystopian" books generally, but this one is a must read! I have recommended it to all of my friends, and now they love it as well. The entire series is addicting! You will not be able to put these books down!
Date published: 2016-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Haven't read the selection? Read it! When my friend told me that she had a series for me to read i thought not much of it. You see i wasn't a big reader. Then i saw the cover of The Selection and fell in love - like most girls - and I caved and read it. It was the best most captivating, yet heart wrenching thing i have ever read. Thank god for Kiera Cass!
Date published: 2016-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly Special! I read this book almost 2 years ago...and up until today it stays as my favorite book. It is such a capturing and beautifully written novel. If you are looking for a book to take you into a whole new world this one's it! I strongly reccomend it to any young adult who adores romance and action.
Date published: 2016-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addicting! This book was a Christmas gift after a worker from "Coles/Chapters" suggested it, because I like "The Hunger Games". I can see why she suggested it based on "The Hunger Games". I would suggest "The Chemical Garden" trilogy by Lauren DeStefano if you have read and liked "The Selection" or vice versa. This book is one of the reasons I read. So I can put myself in a world I will never have. It's only the first book out of five, but so far it has been the cutest love story. The book is about a contest where 35 girls are picked to compete to become the wife of Prince Maxon and the future Queen of Illea. And of course it isn't a love story without a love triangle. So honestly, so far not much has happened. But the book sucks you in because the characters are strong and you start to love them, and you're probably a sucker for romance if you're thinking about reading this book. There has been a little talk about the rebels, but not much. So I am interest to see how this book series is going to stretch out or five books, and hopefully still be as good as the first book. If you haven't read "The Selection", "The Hunger Games" or "The Chemical Garden" trilogy, you really should! Their all great books for us young adult readers!
Date published: 2016-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Series in a While! Wow! I read this entire series (1-4) in about a month. That is very fast for me and I loved every part. Now it is a tad corny at first, you can predict everything, but give it a chance it gets SO MUCH BETTER! Can't wait for the last book (tear). Hopefully Kiera can write new novellas from the fourth book! Love it! I recommend this to anyone who likes Downton Abbey!
Date published: 2016-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Selection This book was very intersting. It talked about romance and it is a action book. It is either you hate this book or you loved it, there is no in the middle.
Date published: 2015-10-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing It is a very good book and very amazing I recomend this book to people who really like this book people should try the book.
Date published: 2015-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Selection I have been looking at this series for a very long time and as an adult reader, I was hesitant to buy this first book. All I can say is "wow". I read thus book in 2 days it was so amazing and such a page turner! I can't wait to start the second book!
Date published: 2015-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Book This book was by far my absolute favorite. I loved every bit of it. There was always something going on so I was never bored, I would recommend to all my friends.!!
Date published: 2015-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome!! This book was amazing!! I can't wait to read the elite!!! I love the characters and the descriptiveness of the story...I wish I was part of the selection!!!
Date published: 2015-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!! At first I wasn't so sure of the book, but once you get through the first few pages all doubts disappear. The Selection is amazing!!! I finished the book in less than two days! I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2015-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enchanted Book Nook My Review: American Singer lives in a world where rankings rule. The higher your ranking, the poorer you are, and the less you contribute to society. For America, she and her family are 5’s, and life is hard, barely having enough food or money to support the family. However, their lives just might change forever. 35 girls are in competition with each other to win the heart of Prince Maxon and wear the crown. For America, the Selection is a nightmare, how can she possibly love someone like Maxon? Especially when her heart is committed to someone else? All right, so I have some mixed feelings about this book. First off, I want to say that I always try my best to never compares books. But sometimes those thoughts creep up and there’s nothing you can do to stop them. All I could think about during the first few chapters of this book was how it echoed Amiee Carter’s Pawn. I was going to list a few similarities, but I decided against that. I have the 50 page rule, if I do not like the book within 50 pages, I move on. But thank goodness I gave it a try! While those similarities were hard to get past, and mind kept going back to Pawn, the rest of the book was amazing! The farther in the book the less those similarities kind of faded a little so I was able to get into the book much better. During the last 5 or so chapters, I had a hard time putting the book down, I had to see what would happen next. I loved the Bachelor aspect of the book, and it was just a very good read. However, there was something that annoyed me to now end, and reading other reviews of this book, I know I’m not alone. The names. The names in this book drive me batty! While some are not too bad like Sylvia, America, Celeste. Others just made my skin crawl when I read them, they were a little on the silly side like New Asia, Amberly, and Sosie to name a few. Something else that bothered me was the use of “whisper-yelled” I thought when it was used, it was again on the silly side. Overall though, the book was really a good read, I already have the 2nd book in the series waiting for me to read, and I’m excited to so. I’m rooting for America and Maxon to fall in love! I think America is too good for Aspen, I think he’s just playing games with her. Positive Elements: America is a strong young woman. Negative Elements: America’s mother is so high strung, and can come off rude on occasion. She seems to want nothing more in life than to run America’s life, and it seems that no matter what she and her family have it never is enough. There were a few swear words in the book like hell and dam*. Spiritual Elements: During one of the rebel attacks some of the Selected were praying. Other Thoughts: This really was a good read, and can’t wait to see what is in store for America.
Date published: 2015-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down. I'm not a dystopian fan at all, but I couldn't put down this book. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy chick-lit for young adults. For those who may not be interested in the dystopian genre, I’d say for them to give it a shot. I did and I wasn’t disappointed. I’ve very much looking forward to reading the next books in this series.
Date published: 2015-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The selection This is prabably one of the best books Ive read in along time. Cass has perfectly mixed the wimsical princess world with the new(and very popular) distopian style. I give this book five stars. Bravo!
Date published: 2015-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addicted From the first page i couldn't put it down! I cannot wait to read the next one. And then the next. Loved it.
Date published: 2015-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Read It was a page turner for me. I had a hard time putting all the books down. Really enjoyed reading it.
Date published: 2015-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow .. Woo .. Wow! Saying that I could not put this down is an understatement! The writing style and the flow had my sitting on the edge of my seat .. I wanted to keep reading to find out what happened next, no I had to! Can't wait to get book two!!! Fully recommend this series!!!!!!
Date published: 2015-05-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Addictive Prince Maxon is the number one reason why this book is so enjoyable and addictive. Readers will fall in love with Maxon's character as he is noble, kind and similar to a puppy dog in that he is cute, adorable and sometimes naive. The readership will also immediately be drawn to Maxon as he is charming and romantic. I attempted to read The Selection two years ago and failed. After the first two chapters I gave up on reading it. However, after watching the new television show, The Royals, I was immediately drawn back to Cass's books. When I finished The Selection, I had to think long and hard on what rating I was going to give it. In the end, I chose four out of five stars. When making my final decision, I had to decide if The Selection was a book I would later think about (a year or two from now) and would possibly re-read parts of it again. The answer to that was yes and that was why I gave this book 4 stars instead of 3. This novel is addicting as it a) completely romantic and b) a lot of readers want to be in America's shoes with two guys vying after her. Maxon is the reason I stuck around and kept on reading. Once he was introduced in the book the reading experience was much more pleasant and did not drag at all. I don't really have much thoughts, at the moment, of America Singer. There was nothing about her character, yet, that screamed: I LOVE HER or I HATE HER. Towards the end of the novel she felt like she was cheating on Maxon but, all I could think about was....well he is technically dating how many other girls? There should be America's selection (Maxon and Aspen) and Maxon's Selection. America was also really insecure with the other girls and I definitely could relate to that. At times she was afraid of how the other girls viewed her and at others she was a take charge kind of girl (ex; her maids). By the way, America's maids (Anne, Mary and Lucy) were the best (second best to Maxon) However, that being said, there was a lot of stuff that bothered me while reading this novel. A) Description : I felt that a lot of stuff was under-described. These things range from characters to rebel groups to Illéa itself. -I felt the 35 girls within The Selection were not fleshed out as well as they could have been. I could barely remember their faces let alone their names and personalities. I felt no emotional connection with the girls and there was nothing that stood out about them (except Celeste's meanness). -This is a dystopian novel however, it did not feel like one. I felt like the first novel in this series should have devoted itself to world building and really giving the readers a feel for the horrors of some of the castes (starvation etc;) and the dystopian rules instead of focusing on America's relationship with Aspen and Maxon. Sidenote: Does anyone else not like Aspen? At the beginning of the novel Aspen's presence really dragged the storyline for me (not so much towards the end of the book). How did the two of them keep their relationship a secret for so long?... When Aspen's mom even suspected her son was dating someone. I would have really like to know more about : the Illéa logo, guards uniform etc; I also thought their should have been a deeper explanation of how Illéa formed. -The violence the rebels caused seemed always in the background and when the big one came I did not feel scared or worried for the characters. B) Action : I felt like their could of been a lot more of this especially with the rebels and whatnot. I really wanted to see the characters in danger--and actually facing the rebels, instead of hiding from them. In all it was a good read and Warner Bros. just acquired the rights so hopefully will soon see it on the big screen.
Date published: 2015-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Selection Review I thought this book was amazing. After the end i didnt want to wait for the other ones to come out
Date published: 2015-04-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprised me At first, when I read the summery, I thought I would absolutely hate this book but I thought I might as well get it, I have nothing else to read. It turns out the book was one of the best things I've ever read. The story line was really interesting and I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2015-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing!!! Praise for Kiera Cass Absolutely amazing. It had everything, adventure, Romans, forbidden love. Who wouldn't love this book. I couldn't stop reading!
Date published: 2015-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is my kind of book I loved how you could never tell what was about to happen and the authour made it so you wanted to continue reading the book. I am looing forward to reading more about america and following her throuth the rest of her life adventures.
Date published: 2015-02-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love this book I got this book at a school book fair and I love it. I love the romance between Aspen and America. But within the next copy is just perfection.
Date published: 2015-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I've read this book and the other 2 books in the series and it's amazing! So addictive! I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend this to everyone
Date published: 2015-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I loved this book it is one of my favourites ! I could not put this book down. This book has more romance than action which was a little different for me but it got me hooked within the first chapter
Date published: 2014-12-31
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 Best book!!! Go America !!! Nice story line... :)
Date published: 2014-07-25
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 Awesome Amazing introduction to the series
Date published: 2014-07-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I choose to focus on my choice Interesting dystopian romance novel, I loved the narrator's sense of humor and her general outlook on her somewhat twisted situation. Through the descriptions, I've become a fan of her dresses...and the royal food as well! I thought it was really interesting how the story not only builds up the romantic relationship between America and Maxon, but also hints at her intrinsic potential as a strong, intelligent and benevolent princess. As for the love triangle, I've been rooting for Aspen but I'm predicting she'll end up with Maxon, if only because she's seems to be the only one capable of fulfilling the duties of a princess, of a ruler's wife. In the beginning, I couldn't help but notice quite a few similarities with Collins' The Hunger Games, but it was nothing too dramatic; the overall upbeat atmosphere of the book, the essence of the characters and the focus on romance ultimately rendered The Selection distinctive enough. After the first few chapters, I wasn't able put it down!
Date published: 2014-07-09
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