By Keira Cass. #1 of The Selection Series. Grade : B+
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 Story :
The Selection is a sort of a dystopian story set (again) in what is now the United States. There has been a Third World War with China winning over the States and then a guy name Gregory Illea wins the States back. Now called Illea, the country follows a monarchical rule, where the prince selects his princess from 35 girls chosen from the entire country,belonging to any of the 6 castes (out of 7).
America Singer, our protagonist, is a girl from the caste of artists, a Five, who is not a least bit interested in marrying the prince. She already has found the boy she would like to spend her life with, i.e. Aspen Leger, a Six. But because her family needs money and Selected girls’ families are regularly paid and also because Aspen breaks up with America because of his lower caste and financial status, America decides to go on with her selection in the 35.
The prince, Maxon, is a sweet naive person, who wants to make sure all of the girls Selected gets his attention but America is the first girl he meets accidentally but gets yelled upon by the outspoken America. She makes it clear that she is not interested in marrying the prince but would like to remain in the competition as long as possible for the sake of her family. Their relationship slowly blooms into a good friendship, with America actually starting to like him for who he is. What happens next changes things for America…
What I liked :
I really liked the way America’s character is shaped. She is a strong-willed girl, who isn’t afraid to speak her mind. The cute banters between Maxon and America throughout the book brought an easy smile on my face. Maxon is a very good example of what an ideal (and imaginary) prince could be like. Also the fact the I completed this whole book of 336 pages in about 5 hours is a proof enough that I loved the way Ms.Cass’s book kept me glued to my phone (it was an e-book).
What I disliked :
One word. Aspen. You do not break up with a girl you have loved for many years just because she brought you some decent food! And if you do, you do not ask to her to forgive you when she has moved on (or even if she hasn’t). i didn’t like the whole character of Aspen from the very beginning but seems like he will be a major character in the upcoming books in the series.
How did I get this book :
I found it as a recommendation on Goodreads and I liked the blurb so decided to download it.
All in all, it is a fluffy, one time read for people who want a change in their book choices!