Series: The Selection #1
Published by HarperTeen on April 24, 2012
Genres: Dystopian, YA
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.
What I Thought…
- Ever since I saw The Selection reviewed on Kate’s blog I knew I wanted to read it. I only watched one season of The Bachelor (every season after that is pretty much the same drama anyway) but I really liked the idea of a Bachelor – dystopian mix.
- I really liked America. She didn’t really want to be selected but continued on anyway, and she didn’t follow the other girls lead in becoming a different person just to please Prince Maxon. She stayed true to herself in terms of her looks and personality. She’s direct and not afraid to say so. Her first meeting with the Prince had me laughing.
- America’s mom is pretty obsessed with the caste system. In some ways I get it. They are a 5 (out of 8) and only girls can marry up (or down). Guys can’t do anything to change their caste so it’s very important to her that America does what she can to move up.
- The Selection contains a love triangle and for the first time ever I can say that (at this point anyway, book 2 could totally change this) I’d be ok with either guy. I’ve never not picked a guy before, and I don’t have a strong feeling from the author as to which way America is leaning.
- Prince Maxon is not the arrogant and stuffy prince you think he will be, he’s actually a decent guy, but he’s a prince and that comes with responsibilities. Do you want those responsibilities?
- Aspen is not as nice of a guy as Maxon, but he’s not a bad guy either. He’s just made a bad choice or two, and who hasn’t ?
- You don’t get to meet all of the other 34 girls (though you do get to learn their names when they leave) but you do meet some of them. Marlee was the closest to America and I liked her the best, but she is definitely hiding something. Celeste is That Girl. The one that everyone hates for her backstabbing ways, but the guy just doesn’t see anything but her sweet and innocence.
- The Selection needed more rebels. What do they want? Why are there two groups? Who is really behind them?
- It took 200 pages for the location to be known and for me that was 199 pages too many. Illéa is a new country, but all the names are so foreign sounding that I had no idea of even an approximately location. I thought it was where the US is (and it is) but all the names are very English sounding so I was confused. I really needed to know where it was! I think all authors that use unfamiliar locations or made up countries should provide maps.
- The history of Illéa was a bit… different. But there is another issue that is briefly touched upon and I’m hoping that what I’m thinking is true, which means that tale of the history of Illéa would make more sense.
Overall I really enjoyed The Selection and I love this cover!