Title: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Genre \ Themes: Fantasy, Royalty, Romance
Date Published: April 24, 2012
Cover Rating: 4/5
Page Count: 336
Buy: The Selection
Synopsis: 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.
I hadn’t really heard any good reviews on this book, but the cover looked so nice that I just had to read it.
I was pleasantly surprised. The writing style was quick and easy to follow. It reminded me vaguely of The Hunger Games (er, minus the killing) but not enough to really annoy me, which was good.
I had also seen in other reviews that America Singer (our protagonist) wasn’t very popular. I hadn’t seen anyone who liked her, so I assumed she was some snotty, stuck-up brat.
I honestly don’t see why she’s so hated. She isn’t at all like I thought.
Some people said she was too concerned about her looks, but she’s not. Not more than anyone else. The thing is – you hear it all from America’s POV, so any thought she has about her looks, you hear. Whereas, if she was a side character, you would have almost never heard about it.
Other people thought she was very full of herself.
It’s OK to like yourself. Saying “I love my hair today” or “I love how I look in this dress” isn’t a bad thing! We all have those moments. Being confidant in yourself shouldn’t be put down or ridiculed.
Saying “I look the best I’ve ever seen myself” is different from “I look better than anyone else”. Comparing you to your past self is fine. Always improving, right? Like an athlete – they are always trying to get better, run farther, swim faster. It’s when you start to compare with other people that you’re heading in the wrong direction.
America is actually very humble, and not one to show-off. I found her to be very realistic and relatable.
And in the end, she stood up for herself in a way that made me want to give her a high-five. I look forward to reading about her in the future, as well as the other characters.
Kiera Cass is the #1 bestselling author of The Selection series. Her first book – The Siren – was self-published in 2009, before being re-published in 2016.
Find out more about this author, including website links, on her Author Page: Kiera Cass