(The Selection #1)
Author: Kiera Cass
Publication Date: April 24th, 2012
Pages: 327 (Paperback)
Genre: YA – Dystopia, Romance
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.
AFTER READING: Okay that was fun. Surprisingly >w<
Despite the negative feedback I’ve been hearing, The Selection turned out to be an enjoyable read with its own flaws.
I can see why some people hate this book and I couldn’t help but to agree on some points. The main character annoyed me sometimes because she seems too perfect. There is no actual plot in the middle part of the book. Weak world-building and it is quite info-dumpy when the characters are explaining rules or something like that.
Nevertheless, I (surprisingly) was able to ignore some issues while reading. The Selection is just light and very entertaining despite the lack of things happening in the book – I was really enjoying it. I guess it was fun to read and made me laugh on certain parts.
I love Maxon!! He’s awkward and stiff and basically unlike any other love interests with their bad boy and love-expert persona. I liked the way his and America (still can’t get over how ridiculous her first name is :/) starts out as friendship and later blooms into something more. It was admittedly predictable though. May, the maids and some of the girls are pretty likable too.
The thing that also irked me is the ridiculous names. I mean, some are normal but wtf there are names like America, Tiny, Tuesday?? Aren’t there gazillion of names that makes more sense than THESE? *headdesk*
Overall, I didn’t hate The Selection as much as I initially thought. The ending felt rushed, but it was very entertaining and fluffy. If you’re looking for a mindless past-time read, then this is the book. But if you feel like the issues I mentioned above will bug you endlessly, then I wouldn’t recommend it to you.