The Selection

The Selection

Book rating: 04 Paperback The Selection

By (author) Kiera Cass

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 24mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 7 June 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0007466692
  • ISBN 13: 9780007466696
  • Sales rank: 1,799

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Thirty-five beautiful girls. Thirty-five beautiful rivals...It's the chance of a lifetime and 17-year-old America Singer should feel lucky. She has been chosen for The Selection, a reality TV lottery in which the special few compete for gorgeous Prince Maxon's love. Swept up in a world of elaborate gowns, glittering jewels and decadent feasts, America is living a new and glamorous life. And the prince takes a special interest in her, much to the outrage of the others. Rivalry within The Selection is fierce and not all of the girls are prepared to play by the rules. But what they don't know is that America has a secret - one which could throw the whole competition...and change her life forever.

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Author information

Kiera Cass graduated from Radford University with a degree in History. She grew up in South Carolina and currently lives in Blacksburg, Virginia with her family. In her spare time, Kiera enjoys reading, dancing, making videos and eating unhealthy amounts of cake. You can learn more about Kiera at, follow her on twitter via @kieracass, and see her silly videos at

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By Cassidie Jhones 27 Jun 2014 5

In retrospect, it might have been a better idea to review it before reading the installemnts, but I couldn't stop reading to actually do it! It was that good. I finished the entire series in less than half a week. Despite the fact that I hadn't even wanted to read it for a long time, claiming I wasn't interested. It's main theme was romance after all, and I'm not usually into sheer romance without further ado like something paranormal. Well, I was wrong after all, very very wrong.

Since the synopsis summarizes it rather thoroughly, way better than I could, I will start with the review right away. More accurately I will start with the plot right away. Honestly, I loved every moment of it. I was engaged maximally, not being able to stop because there was always something happening. It was not only about the Selection and the romance, but the dystopian world and the complications of life as well and these all together resulted an intriguing and colorful story.

Secondly, the world building. I really liked the idea of being in the future where anarchy is set up again. This is something that could indeed happen to us, because why not? Who knows how long this system will pull out, if after a 4th World War we won't start changing things dramatically. And frankly, Ms Cass brought out the most of it. The rebel attacks and the layers of it add a lot to the story, the castes and jobs are brilliant and the idea of the Selection is utterly unique. The history piqued my attention, too. I felt as id I was on a real history lesson and was being taught our own past.

However, the most exceeding aspect was the characterization. I loved the characterization. The characters were all individuals, some of them lovable, some of them strangable, but all of them as if they were real, breathing people. America, our protagonist, grew the closer to my heart with her stubbornness and strong temper which yet didn't prevent her from being a purely good soul, a person who loves with whole heart and wants to help where she can. I adored her way of thinking, but could have strangled her sometimes, especially when she bottled up and held back things that could have made her situation easier. Maxon, the prince, was a lot different from how I imagined. Through Americas eyes we first think he's stuck-up, just because he is what he is, but when we first meet him...Even though America doesn't even like him in the beginning, it's obvious he's not any of those bad things she thought. In fact, he's caring, loving and smart, and adorably insecure around crying women, but knows little about the real misery of the world. Later on they develop a friendly relationship nevertheless, the cutest friendship I have ever seen, however, the affection is visible from the very start. As for Apen, I didn't think much of him. He was sort of a jerk in my eyes, however, the end left me a little clueless concerning his intentions.

And last but not the least, Kiera Cass's writing style is something distinct and charming. More than that, it's captivating. I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but it was so big-time.
by Cassidie @ Rebook424

By Roxanne Foster 29 May 2014 5

This book is great!!! If you haven't read it click on buy and miracles will happen No but honestly it's great written and I love the story. America is just like the girl next door with her own insecurities but with a strong will. I normally count my pages and i'm looking how long until the next chapter but this was totally different! I finished the book in 3 days, if you know my I normally read a book in 3 weeks (shortest) because I get a bit bored sometimes or I just can't find time but I got addicted to this book and couldn't stop. I only had one series i really liked (the house of the night) but now...héhé it's totally different this is my new favorite book! I really recomend reading this book!!! I hope this helped a bit (I alreay orderd the next one, my mom is a bit mad because this one just arrived but I can't help it, I want to know what happens next) ♥

By MissPageTurner 28 Nov 2013 5

A prince and thirty-five girls who fight for his heart. What first sounds like a regular YA contemporary, fast proves that this princess' story is more on the darker side of royalty. By writing THE SELECTION Kiera Cass created a story more dystopian than contemp. The United States have been destroyed and people are divided by a caste system, that ranges from a 1 for the royal family to 8 for unemployed people who don't contribute to society. This promises to be a world building with a deeper running conflict potential to lure in many YA readers.

Prince Maxon is a beau, rich and most popular bachelor in the kingdom. So THE SELECTION sure has a love story. But it's not only about Maxon looking for a bride. It seems the prince has to compete for one of his ladies' heart, too. America is the girl in the middle of a love triangle. Prince Maxon is a gentle man, on the shy side and not the confident leader one expects him to be. So it was only natural girls would fall for America's first love, too. His name is Aspen and he is manly, confident and the gorgeous boy next door. The love story between America and Aspen really put a spell on me. He is America's first love and I loved to read about their tender and tentative feelings for each other growing into something shiny and beautiful. My heart ached as much as America's when they had to part and America left for the palace.

Once in the palace, America is a part of the competition. And the contest is what keeps THE SELECTION expectionally delightful. The girls have to master all kinds of challenges and public appearances. Fun and glee are guaranteed, because these girls don't always play fair. Expect tender moments as well as scenes that can fast escalate into a cat fight.

5/5 ***** THE SELECTION - Poofy dresses, sparkling dates with a prince and a dream life the palace. A very princess-like read!

THE SELECTION is a 2012 debut that filled a gap in the wide YA range. It has the romance and girly power of a contemporary and the disrupted world hinting at its dystopian character.

By Najla Qamber 07 Sep 2013 4

To be frank, I thought I would hate this book. I thought that it would be one of those books that write prose poetry and it would be one of those books that take half a series to actually get to the good parts. I even thought I would hate the book. And boy, was I wrong.

The book had characters you'll love, plots to die for and plot twists to steer you off roads. The Selection is about a working class young woman who was raffled into a competition to win the heart of Prince Maxton. She is one of 35 girls who will fight to get a chance to date and fall in love with the next King. It sound so much like Cinderella? Surprising enough, the author may have gotten the inspiration from the old story but she made it unique enough to make it her own.

I'm amazed at how fast the book picked up and how easy it was to fall in love with the characters. Aspen, America, Maxton, even the other girls in the competition (good or bad) were all easy to like. The writing style was wonderful and easy to get through. For the veteran readers out there, you'll probably devour this book in a day or two.

America Singer doesn't fall for the prince. She is in love with someone else. Someone below her station. Someone who has to work many jobs to keep his mother and siblings alive. Someone close to reality and not a shining man in armor like the prince.

The world of The Selection involved Princess Diaries Makeovers, Balls, flowing gowns, summer dresses and a fantasy world that makes girls weak to their knees. Kiera Cass has definitely wrote herself a best-selling book teens will enjoy to the fullest. Only regret I have is my gradually decreasing joy for the Young Adult genre. I should have loved this book a lot more but I think it's my time to move on to a different genre.

By andreia curado 11 Jun 2013 5

This book was pretty good. A light reading and interesting characters. Second volume is already on the way :)

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"Reality TV meets dystopian fairy tale in Kiera Cass's delightful debut. Charming, captivating, and filled with just the right amount of swoon!" Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of Paranormalcy