Release Date: April 24, 2012
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.The Selection was one of those books that I kiiiiiind of avoided. Partly because it didn't really seem like my cup of tea, partly because I was a teensy tiny bit afraid of the hype surrounding it and partly because I read a few snarky, negative reviews that I was a bit hesitant to get myself a copy. But after I finished the book, I went through and read all of those bad reviews again and I found myself chanting something that went a bit like this - "Nope, don't agree with that. No way, that was great. What? That character was my favorite. Nope, I disagree. Nope. Nope. What are you even ... what? Nope. No. NO. THIS BOOK IS WONDERFUL WHAT ARE YOU EVEN SAYING." I loved it so, so much.
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.
I didn't expect there to be a dystopian-esque world built in this novel so I was extremely pleasantly surprised when I discovered the castes and the history of Iléa and everything else. I thought it fit in quite nicely and was balanced well with the plot; not too overbearing where it felt like a history lesson shoved down our throats but not absent enough where I was left wondering about things.
I really enjoyed America. She was rather impulsive, yes, but I liked that she did crazy things and made snap decisions. Is that weird? Maybe. I guess I like characters that are flawed because it makes them seem a lot more authentic and human and teenager to me. And while I started off the book loving Aspen, I ended the book being 130% Team Maxon. *swoony sigh*
I finished The Selection in one sitting and I've officially joined the fangirl club. It's romantic and charming but has an edge of intensity and suspense at the same time. I'm surprised by just how much I ended up loving the novel but I'm so happy I finally picked it up. If you're like me and stayed away because of hype or maybe some not so nice reviews, I strongly urge you to give it a try!
Other reviews for The Selection:
Chick Loves Lit
The Book Cellar
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