Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: April 24, 2012
Series: The Selection, book one
About the Book: 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.
My Thoughts: Oh man. Where to start with this one. It was one of my waiting on Wednesday picks a while back. The wait was worth it! The Selection was a fun and engaging read yet it still had me thinking about some “big issues.” I love it when a book does that! So often it’s all fun or all serious. There’s nothing wrong with either of those but when I get them both in one book I feel like I got a bonus
America’s life changes so much just by being “Selected.” Watching her adapt and figure out what was really important to her was one of my favorite aspects of the book. I also really enjoyed seeing the ways the girls related to one another. It’s a competition but they’re also living together and getting to know each other. Friendships are bound to form. Whether or not they’re real or strategy remains to be seen!
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the boys… oh Aspen and Maxon! I love them both and for different reasons. If I hadn’t met Kiera Cass I’d be tempted to say she is mean, mean, mean for making America pick! (She is actually super sweet so I cannot call her mean!) Once you’ve read the book I can tell you who I think is best for America. It’d be too spoilery now!
The Selection was worth the wait… now I’m just anxious for book two!
|Gratouitous pic of me and Kiera :)|