20 December, 2013

book review

The Selection (The Selection #1) by Kiera Cass

My Copy: Paperback, 327 pages
Publication Date: April 24, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Purchased
Genre: Dystopian | Romance | Young Adult

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.

My Review

Oh man.  Now I see what all the fuss and hype was about!  I loved this book.  I really loved it.  I couldn’t put it down and didn’t want it to end.  I’m kind of crushed that the third book doesn’t come out until May next year, because I’m going to have to read the sequel immediately and then I just know I will NEED to read that last book!  Boo hoo.  Why do I keep doing this to myself??

Okay, how to organize my thoughts about this book, because they are seriously flailing all over the place right now!  Especially when it comes to the boys…but we’ll deal with that later.

I loved America, the main character and narrator.  She is a very likable main character.  She’s genuine and sweet, kind and caring, shy sometimes but friendly, and just an overall good character that you can’t help but love.  America is a wonderful main character — I would say pretty darn close to perfect!  She sure is silly sometimes, but it makes for good comedic relief.

The boys
Well, there is a love triangle in this book.  One where both boys are amazing and it’s going to be a close competition.  For both America and the readers, I think.  It is for me, for sure.

I am so back-and-forth between who I like best.  At the beginning of the book, I was obviously rooting for Aspen and not wanting America to leave him to go to the castle.  Aspen is the boy who America has been dating for 2 years and is in love with.  He loves her too, but has confidence issues because of their castes.  He is in a lower caste than America and when two people get married, the woman takes on the man’s caste number.  So, Aspen being of a lower caste is a bit of a problem for their relationship.  America doesn’t mind, because she loves him, but Aspen minds and forces America to sign up for the Selection.  Thus, causing more problems in their relationship.

Then comes Prince Maxon.  Almost as soon as America moved into the castle and met Maxon, I started falling in love with him.  I was like America! Screw that other boy who can’t get his shit together. Go for Prince Maxon!  Maxon clearly cares for America, even though they decided to just be friends.  But, he does like her and he’s so sweet to her.  Uhhh…

But then Aspen comes back into the picture (I won’t tell you how, even though it’s pretty obvious — at least it was to me) and he still loves America and she still loves him.  And then it’s really hard.

Both boys are so awesome in their own way.  And both boys have their issues.  Now, if I HAD to choose, I think I’m leaning more toward team Maxon.  What he said to her at the end of the book kind of sealed the deal for me with him.  I know, I know, Aspen is different at the end too, but he kind of screwed her around in the beginning.  So, I’m going with team Maxon!

What about you?  I’m curious, what team are you on?  And why?

SIK’s Short ‘n’ Sweet Version (Point-form Style)

I Liked:
– Umm…everything!
– Seriously, everything: the characters, the story, the romance, the writing, the story-telling, even the love triangle!  And I usually get turned off by love triangles.
– Just read it!!  All of it is great!

I Didn’t Care For:
– Umm…nothing!  (this is extremely rare!)

5 stars blue

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4 Responses to “Review: The Selection”

  1. I’m glad you loved it! I rated this book 2 stars but I can’t say it was horrible.. i just had issues with Aspen (bleh…) and Prince Maxon’s need to speak in old english.. but maybe I will end up picking the sequel.

    great review!
    – Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  2. Glad you liked it. I had to DNF it because it was giving me an ulcer… America, so beautiful but doesn’t knowit; she’s not interest in the contest and doesn’t want to go, yet she goes…
    I read they are going to make a tv series out of this.