(The Selection #1)
by Kiera Cass
Publication Date: April 24th, 2012
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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.
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. (Goodreads)
America was definitely an interesting character. To be honest, I wasn’t sure if she and I were going to get along well at first. However, she did grow on me throughout the book, thankfully. I really loved the she stood up for what she believed in, and wanted all people to be treated equally. That is a very admirable quality in a main character, and definitely earns her points in my book.
The love triangle in the book is between America’s secret love; Aspen, and Prince Maxon. It really wasn’t much of a triangle for me, as I picked sides fairly early on in the book. Prince Maxon is a true prince; he’s sweet and caring, and definitely a gentleman. The romance between him and America was very charming. Aspen, on the other hand, came across as a bit shady to me. I somewhat felt that he had ulterior motives, but I can’t quite figure out why I feel that way about him. I’m definitely curious to meet him again in the next book.
The storyline was definitely interesting, and the book was extremely well paced. Towards the middle of the book is where I officially became hooked and flew through the pages. The plot somewhat reminded me of The Bachelor, (I’ve only seen a few episodes, however.) I had seen the book was compared to The Hunger Games, so I was expecting something completely different than what I got. Instead of fighting to the death, it was more cat fights and drama. I still found it to be an enjoyable read.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a fun read that swept me away from reality for a few hours. I’m even more excited to see the TV show now that I have read the book. And I can’t wait to read more in this awesome trilogy!