Tuesday, May 21, 2013
5 stars: The Selection (The Selection series, #1) by Kiera Cass
"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."
Published April 24th 2012 by HarperTeen.
May I just say how shocked I am that I rated this 5 stars? Before I started reading, I figured it would be a 3 star book.
I really am sick of the series trend; you know how every book written now is part of a series from the start? However, this series is the exception to my irritation. Yes, I'm irritated that I don't know what will happen next, but for the first time since The Hunger Games, I am excited about reading the sequel and I want to now (and that is why you are seeing this review on this site, because by now you should know that I will be reviewing the sequel too)!
I think that one aspect I really liked and was surprised by was that America did not want any part in the Selection, and she had no dreams of becoming a princess or of leaving her caste. A better and more glamorous life was attainable, but instead, she wanted her life and a relationship with a boy in a caste below her. Awwwwwwwwww. And when she gets to the castle, she's given beautiful dresses and amazing things, but she requests pants instead! And she gets her own maids, but she feels weird about that and she does her best to treat them as equals! See why I love this book? America, you are humble and good. Oh, oh, and America doesn't give a damn about dating the prince; she even knees him in the groin, yells at him, and tells him she just wants to be friends. See, not at all what I was expecting.
Plus, there is a love triangle! YES! AND The Bachelor is my guilty pleasure, and this book has a similar premise.
One reason why people didn't like this story was because they were expecting a dystopia, and while there was one, the book does not center around that; the dystopia just kind of fiddles around in the background. I still think the dystopia matters though, because it is the sole reason why the Selection is such a big deal and why it can be so life changing. Don't read it for the dystopia though, because even though it is a critical part of the story, the story won't center around it.
Bye bye now, time to find the sequel, The Elite.
Update: Click here to read my review of The Elite.