Title: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection
Genre: Young Adult
Release date: April 24th 2012
Number of pages: 327
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.
I finished this book and was surprise with how much I liked, even when I usually hate a cliff. I can’t wait to see who America will pick and I cheering for Maxon, he’s better and never lied to her.
America is a sweet girl that had to grow up sooner and help her family, but still helps people and is actually all alone, since girls are a bickering group that doesn’t understand her.
This book brought me several references from another similar book released lately. The almost kidnapping she suffered to participate in a reality show was actually really good. At points the society reminded me from The Chemical Gardens series with all the poor’s people suffering without anyone giving a damn.
The reality show part reminded me about the Bachelor and it’s not a bad thing, but I think Maxon should pick a girl to go home every week. The book was a bit slow at that part, because not all girls were introduced to us, but were commented during some points, a bit confusing for me. Sometimes the gangs reminded me of Hunger Games, because I think the royal family is hiding something and maybe Maxon doesn’t know, he’s young, but the people know about a lie and they are trying to find a way to expos them.
I liked the book and will definitely read the next one.
SERIES IN ORDER
#1 – The Selection
#2 – The Elite (Expected publication: April 2013)
#3 – Untitled (Expected publication: 2014)