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DescriptionThirty-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.
- Published: 07 June 2012
- Format: Paperback 272 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780007466696 ISBN 10: 0007466692
- Sales rank: 1,679
Reviews for The Selection
Rethink of dystopian romance
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 Cassidie Jhones
A little miracle with pages ♥
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 Roxanne Foster
Poofy dresses, sparkling dates with a prince and a dream life the palace. A very princess-like read!
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 MissPageTurner
Every girl's fantasy
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 Najla Qamber
This book was pretty good. A light reading and interesting characters. Second volume is already on the way :) by andreia curado
All my favorite Disney movies in a Dystopian jacket!
Throw all my favorite Disney movies in a mixer, add the talents of a great writer and some dystopian dust (you know, like fairy dust. Haha.), mix it up and voila! I got myself a brand favorite book of the year that makes my inner child come to life again (aka run around screaming with her arms in the air in a pink princess dress and a fake crown on her head). Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you: THE SELECTION!
"I hope you find someone you can't live without.I really do. And I hope you never have to know what it's like to have to try and live without them."
I think it's obvious already that I loved this book. In case it wasn't, well, I did. I do. I love the story and the characters and everything about it! America is such a great main character, someone I could relate to in many ways. If I were to live in her world, I would be like her. A five. Only three steps up from nothing. But while she doesn't want to be a princess, I have always dreamed of it since I saw my first disney film so many years ago. I loved her and she would make a great Disney princess! (This book would be awesome as an animated Disney film, too.)
Now I shall talk about the first fictional character ever I fell in love with. (Seriously I shed a tear because I knew he wasn't real. Sigh.) Of course I'm talking about Maxon. He's so... Maxon. Sigh again. Maxon.
Okay moving on. Aspen. I loved him at first. So romantic and loving and caring and then... a complete stupid douchebag. I hate him.
Speaking of hating someone... I hated Celeste. She's so mean and stuck up and bleh. But I loved Marlee and May and all the other characters!
As I said, I loved this story. We got to know America while the story builds in the beginning until the inevitable moment she gets chosen for The Selection. She stays true to who she is and never forgot where she came from, another thing I loved about her by the way. She's different from the other girls in many ways and refuses to change for anyone. I loved how the relationship between her and Maxon grew along with the story and I fell for Maxon along with America. And when they kissed my inner child was so happy she fainted. Yes, that happens.
But not everything is rainbows and sunshine in the palace. There are these rebels, what their purpose is we have yet to find out, who form a threat to the royal family and I liked that. That's what gives it an extra dystopian touch. But life goes on in the palace and I loved every part of it! Until that douchebag Aspen came back into the story and messed things up again. I hope for him that he doesn't mess things up in the next book or else... Well not much he is a fictional character so I can't do much... But if he were real, I would kick is ass. For sure.
So in the end, this book is everything I hoped it would be and more. I can't wait to start the sequel (luckily I don't have to since I just got a copy from Netgalley, yay!). Great job Kiera! I LOVE YOU! by Bieke - Istyria book blog
- Top review
I put off reading this book for a while due to some mixed reviews. I decided to give a try since the author is coming to town. I grabbed up the audio book from my local library and dove in. I was actually very pleased with the book. I enjoyed the story, the characters, and the writing style. The book is a quick paced read and it was very fun and enjoyable.
Long Story Short:
America Singer lives in a country that is divided by caste. A system in which a family and their generations are stuck in their roles in the society and give a number 1-8. Royalty is 1 and the bottom of the barrel is 8. America is a 5, she lives and works in the arts. She can play instruments and sing, her family range from sculptors to painters and this is how they make their living. She is happy, she is in love, but her love is with Aspen, a 6 and their relationship remains secret. It is frowned upon to date outside of your caste.
Prince Maxon is now of age... he will hold the tradition of The Selection to choose who he will marry. With coaxing, pleading, and bribing from those she loves, America signs up for The Selection and is chosen as one of the 35 women who will compete for Maxon's affections and the crown.
American doesn't want this life but for the money that will be given to her family she agrees. She finds herself living in a world that is out of her comfort zone. After meeting and getting to know Maxon and living the life she never had, she starts to wonder if this is a future she can endure.
I actually really liked this book. It did have some possible through provoking ideas placed in the story that I didn't agree with, but I didn't let those keep me from enjoying the book or change my thoughts about the book overall. I found myself smiling, giggling, and at times gasping throughout the book and to me that means it is my kind of book. I read simply for the enjoyment.I liked the characters. They all had their strengths and weaknesses, nowhere close to perfect, but that is what I loved about them. Maxon by far was my favorite. He was charming but with not so smooth moments. He really cared for his people and when he found he knew nothing about the way they lived, he attempted to do something about it. He respected others and he found the best in everyone. He didn't want to just choose a wife, he wanted to choose the one he was would love and be happy with but also could respect and trust. I feel he tried to make the best out of every situation, including The Selection, even if he didn't totally agree with the goings ons.
For most of the book I liked America. Not much on her name, but I dealt. For the most part, she is selfless, strong, and very independent. She cares for those around her very much. She has a bit of a temper and lets her assumptions get the best of her. She learns to play the role of a selected very well and I was amazed how well she fit in. To me she would fit the role of princess very well, especially after a little bit more growing and adjusting.
The one thing I didn't like... the love triangle. I couldn't hate either boy and that drives me insane. I felt for both although Aspen pretty much brought it upon himself. I do tend to love Maxon a bit more but I think that is mainly because I spent more time with him so I was more invested in his story. I also didn't like the way America goes about the love triangle. I understood her frustration and feelings... I just can't stand the fact she was she was so wishy washy. The love triangle makes sense in the story... I just didn't like it.
I did, however, very much like the growing relationship between Maxon and America. No insta-love. Strangers, then friends, then feelings. It felt natural to me.The book was very fast paced. I was never bored and never felt the book drag. The narrator was very good and I felt the tone through her reading the way I imagined it should have been. The story wasn't too original but wasn't one that is way over done either. I felt invested from the beginning and can't wait to read more.
In the End:
It was a very entertaining read. I will absolutely continue with the series. by Jennifer McDaid
I was a bit worried about reading this book at first as ive not really read any dystopia before but I loved it, it was awesome.
The whole idea of being part of a reality contest against 34 other girls to win the princes heart is very exciting and the main character America Singer is portrayed excellently.
It is well worth a read.
Here is a video review of the book but does have spoilers towards the end.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iW-U8ZU8wWw by Laura Willgoose
Exactly what I expected... and not any more.
From the blurb, The Selection sounds like a dystopian version of the show, The Bachelor. Thirty-five girls all attempting to snag the Prince and have their very own happily ever after - fairy tale style. Some token nice girls and a mean, conniving few just to scheme and mix it up a little. That's the reason I have wanted to read this book for a very long time. It's my guilty pleasure. I love the Bachelor. I've watched every episode from every season, every episode of the Bachelorette and all seasons of the somewhat ridiculous spin-off Bachelor Pad. It's a secret of mine that I tape every episode and then curl up in front of the TV and watch the drama unfold.
And whilst this book was just like a season of my beloved show with a few small dystopian elements thrown in for good measure, it wasn't quite enough to satisfy me. I feel a little contrary for saying this but it was exactly what I expected and that's why I was disappointed. I wanted more. More twists, more of the dystopian world Cass created and more of the other girls who made up the Selection.
In terms of characters, America is a textbook Mary-Sue. She's so beautiful, such an amazing singer, so brave and (despite a slightly aggressive meet-cute with Maxim) is practically perfect in every way. Even her name. America, it felt to me like Cass was trying too hard to make us love America - to dislike her would almost be unpatriotic. But as a person, America didn't always make sense to me. She's so giving and generous to her family and yet she jumps at the first chance she has to take half of her income away from them despite telling us often that they are next to starvation. It felt a little hypocritical considering some of the things she says about her brother. I think I would have found her to be a more likeable character had she had more insight to her own behaviour and motives towards others. She's just a little too perfect and lacks a certain depth.
The rest of the girls who make the Selection for Maxim to choose his future bride are an interesting lot - Marlee is as sweet as Celeste is ambitious. I liked the mix of girls included but would have liked to have seen more of them and their interactions with Maxim. Whilst this book is told in the first person narrative from America's perspective, it would have been interesting to have seen Maxim's dates with others though stories being told by the girls to America. There's not enough gossip!
The idea of the numbers representing ones station in society and the rewards/disadvantages that went along with ones number was a captivating concept. I thought it was interesting to see the contrast between America's life as a 5 and then living in the lap of luxury.
Plot wise, this is a fairly predictable novel but I don't think that's a bad thing. There's a love triangle that's only just getting started, beautiful gowns and a trio of maids that reminded me of a Disney Princess' animal sidekicks in the most delightful way. Will I be reading The Elite (The Selection #2)? Absolutely. Whilst I may have had some issues with this first book in the series, I admit that I'm hooked to the drama, the cattiness and I can't wait to see happen next in this not-quite-fairytale romance. by Kate @ Fictional Thoughts
They say that you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, but in this case that is not true. The coves says it all, and the story is just as enchanting as the cover. It is a really girly book and the storyline is lovely. Although I'm not a native speaker of English, the book was still really easy to read. :)
I would truly recommend reading this book, if you like chick-lits. by iriswindmeijer