Kiera Cass (@kieracass)
April 24th 2012 by HarperTeen
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 the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.I enjoyed this book so much I stayed up until 3 am reading it. Really. The Selection introduces readers to America Singer, our protagonist, living in a future dytopian setting. She has been selected by a lottery to travel to the royal palace and compete with other girls from different regions for Prince Maxon's hand in marriage. At the palace, she will have to deal with cattiness, backstabbers, and those girls who feel entitled just because they come from a higher class with in the caste system. Can America handle the girls who have been selected, Prince Maxon's quest to find a future queen for his country, the demands from her family back home, and figure out who/what she really wants to be?
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's good about being selected?
America's family receives compensation for her being away at the palace which they dearly need, because in this world's caste system they're not doing so well, and every little bit helps. The longer she stays in the competition, they more she will make for her family. Just by being chosen, America is elevated to a higher class with in the caste system. She is also able to leave heartbreak behind, and hopefully grow stronger personally, make new friends, and forge a new future for herself. The selection, for America, is an opportunity to speak her mind, and her voice is heard by the young prince. Could she possibly influence change for caste system and help the people?
What's bad about being selected?
For America, being selected causes her to rethink all she has thought about love and marriage. If she married who she loved back home, Aspen, she would lose respectability, and lower herself class-wise, but if she goes on with this competition, will she lose who she everything she stands for? Is there anyway to make everyone happy? Her mother wants her to have a better life, her father wants her to be happy, and Aspen wants to take care of her, but his lower caste hinders this. Will the selection help her with any of this?
So, if reading about a poor girl "winning" a lottery, traveling to the royal palace, competing to marry the prince, all while braving the ins & outs and highs & lows of a future caste system that makes it hard to rise above your station, then The Selection could be the book for you. Cass writes America, Aspen, and Maxon so well you will feel connected to them. You will want America to succeed in her quest to make a better life for herself, which will be hard in this society.
The Selection is book one in a series, which I was unaware of as I finished the book. So, when I got to the end of the book I experienced major anxiety over not knowing what was going to happen! Seriously! How could you do this to me, Kiera Cass? Hopefully, I'll be getting my fix in another way.
Lagniappe (a little something extra)
Did you know The Selection is already in the makings for a CW TV series? Well, it is! Let's take a look at who is going to be who!
Aimee Teegarden as America Singer
You may know her from Friday Night Lights (tv show) and Prom.
Ethan Peck as Prince Maxon
William Moseley as Aspen Leger
You may know him from The Chronicles of Narnia movies.
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