Book Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass7/27/2015
Title: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Dystopian, Romance, Young Adult
Book Description: The Selection
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.
The Selection Book ReviewI would love to just bottle some of the moments in this book because they are so romantic. One of the books you need to read if you want to believe in love again, and be reminded of how wonderful it really is to find happiness whatever the situation presents. – Ara of My Book and My Coffee
Welcome to America Singer’s life. Her life is pretty much laid out to her since birth. This is for everyone in Illéa, actually. She is living in a land where numbers are important. Numbers that dictate what people can or cannot have. And sadly, these numbers also dictate who a person can or cannot love.
Then, America became one of the Selected. The chance in a lifetime every girl dreams of. This is a chance to live in a palace and hopefully win Prince Maxon’s heart.
But America is not ‘every girl’.
She is pretty happy with her secret love, Aspen. She just wants to be herself and continue the life she knows. As a Selected, she has to leave home and compete for something that she doesn’t really want – be the Princess of Illéa / win Prince Maxon’s heart.
The book is so well written; it described everything so perfectly that at one point, I had to put the book down (just for a moment) because I was melting and needed time to take the sweetness overload I’d just read. This book has those moments and as I’ve mentioned above, I would love to bottle them and just keep them with me at all times.
I love the story so much. It is so colorful. Yes, so many things going on there but the writing is powerful that you can’t really get lost as a reader.
The characters were definitely written perfectly. I love America’s character and I can understand the struggle she’s going through. I understand the situation that she’s in. I just hope she realizes what she wants before … no. I just hope she realizes what she wants. Period. And fast. Prince Maxon – I’m in-love with this character. Crazy, I know. But I am. As to Aspen, I don’t know what to tell you about this guy. I liked him at first but not anymore. Marlee, one of the Selected girls, is also interesting. I wonder what is behind that giddy and enthusiastic façade. I just hope it’s not pure evil. I like her now but I have a feeling that there’s something we, the readers, are not seeing. Or maybe it’s just me and trust issues. LOL.
So here’s the part where I choose sides. I really am hoping that the end of this will be America marrying Prince Maxon. The Selection is Book 1 and I can’t wait to read Book Two, The Elite. I don’t know what will happen yet. I was careful not to read comments for the other books. But I really, really hope that America will end up with Prince Maxon. That he will be loyal and faithful to her. I mean, come on. Prince Maxon is just soooo adorable and loving. And if I was America, I’d fight for him. Yes, he is a character but I am IN-LOVE with this guy already. LOL. I don’t care about Aspen. At first, America and Aspen were cute and the ‘against all odds’ thing they have going on was kind of romantic. I’ve been there. But what he did wasn’t right. And I’m sure he has his reasons for doing such a thing, and I respect that. But I think the story wasn’t created for him and her. This love story is really for Prince Maxon and America – it’s destiny. It should be. I am rooting for these two! Team Maxon all the way! I mean, come on now. It’s gotta be Team Maxon.