Release Date: April 24th 2012
Series: The Selection #1
Genres: Dystopian, Love & 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.
I’m going to be honest here. I thought I was going to hate THE SELECTION. I thought I was going to detest America and the competition and everyone in this love child of the Bachelor and the Hunger Games (that is the best way to describe this). You can imagine my surprise when I opened it up and
THE SELECTION turned out to be the preferable study material for my animal husbandry exam and a great guilty pleasure novel. I could not put this own. I struggled not to read more than a chapter in study breaks (and sometimes failed). I really can’t think of too much to say. THE SELECTION was the type of book that makes me giddy for no particular reason. It flows fantastically, I love how America refuses to change herself for anyone, and the romance
That’s the Maxon x America stuff of course. I loved the way they interacted, the way they met, and how the relationship took it’s time to develop. However my feelings on the other part of the love triangle, Aspen, and his relationship with America are more like
If the… Aspen thing had stopped when it should have, this book might have gotten 4 stars from me. Other elements that could have been done better include the beginning and the end.
At the start, a few more explanations sooner would have made everything a little clearer and less confusing. Instead we were just thrown into this world with no idea what was going on for two or three chapters. America also had an APEN-ASPEN-ASPEN-ASPEN-LOVE-KIDS-MARRIAGE-ASPEN-ASPEN-ASPEN going on. Her infatuation made me hate the character.
The ending was really… lackluster. Anticlimatic. Disappointing. There was 3 chapters left and things were going down. I thought this was going to be over with a bang, delving more into the conflict of the world. Then the drama finished and everything settled and it was just over. Done. No more. I’m still going to pick up THE ELITE though, I want to know more about this world.
THE SELECTION is a really good, fast, guilty pleasure read if your looking for something light and quick. Though the start and ending are pretty dodgy, the middle contains moments that actually made me grin like an idiot. Hopefully your experience is as good as (if not better) than mine.
I don’t think there is much to say that Bec hasn’t said above, and since we agree on pretty much everything, I won’t repeat her. Here’s some of the basics:
America was annoying at first, too focused on appearances of the other girls (her competitors) and made her character seem very shallow. She grows as the story goes on, and that is really her only saving grace. Everyone can’t seem to get over how beautiful she was, but she goes on and on saying she isn’t beautiful.
I felt like the love triangle was somewhat unnecessary. I really disliked Aspen, he was a terrible love interest and didn’t seem to truly care for America since he gives up on her so easily in the beginning. He was one-dimensional and I still don’t understand what America sees in him.
Maxon, the Prince that these 30+ girls are fighting for, was a much better love interest and I really enjoyed the slow building relationship between him and America. The one thing I didn’t like about Maxon was how focused he was on the other girls sometimes. I know that is the point, but if he really cared for America I think he would tone it down or devote himself to her, no matter her feelings.
I really don’t see how this is a dystopia outside of the caste system. I almost felt like the word dystopian was thrown in there as an excuse for 35 girls to fight for one prince. Also weirdly thrown in was the rebel attacks, I thought they were maybe just written in to add a bit of action to all the surrounding romance.
The ending was pretty disappointing, it didn’t make me want to run out and pick up the next book. Which is sad considering I already own it and could have started it right then and there. Overall, this one was a bit better than I had anticipated, and was
help me- an entertaining read.