The Selection

The Selection

Book rating: 04 Hardback Selection (Harper Teen)

By (author) Kiera Cass

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Format: Hardback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 147mm x 211mm x 20mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 24 April 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0062059939
  • ISBN 13: 9780062059932
  • Sales rank: 13,848

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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."

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By Giselle SM 23 Sep 2014 3

America Singer lives in Il�©a, the former United States where society is broken up into eight different castes. One being part of the royal court. Two and Three being the wealthy. Four and Five being the working class. Six, Seven and Eight take up jobs serving the rest of the castes or none at all in Eightâ??s case. The law states you must be married to have sex and not have any illegtemate children. What a crazy world she lives in. The royal family has a contest of sorts that picks the future wife and princess of Prince Maxon. Scores of girls enter, while America is pushed into entering by her boyfriend Aspen and mother. America is picked and she ends up living at the palace, befriending a friendly girl named Marelle, and a budding friendship with the Prince.

I liked the beginning. It worked well setting up the plot, but then I got bored. There was a lot of filler scenes such as the photo shoots or watching the Il�©real Report. The amount of getting-to-know-each-other scenes were great , and their friendship seemed genuine, but you can just tell there was going to be more drama than it seemed.

The ever infamous scandal over this book on GoodReads catapulted me into wondering if Wendy Darlingâ??s review held truth. Indeed it did, but I didnâ??t hate it as much. I felt like the story could have been finished in one whole novel. It didnâ??t need to be dragged on as it was. If anyone paying the least amount of attention just by reading the synopsis knew what was gonna happen, raise their hand! *raises hand* I watched The Bachelor when it first came out. It was entertaining, yet cruel to watch as women threw themselves at the same man and watch as the jealously ebbed and flowed. Well it felt like I was reading The Bachelor as a book. Only with teenagers, and a royal family thrown into the mix. I get the plot. Itâ??s easy. Who is Prince Maxon going to choose? Who is America going to choose? You'll have to find out what happens!

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 recommend reading this book!!! ♥♥♥
I hope this helps a bit (I already ordered 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 TheDauntlessInitiates 30 Apr 2014 5

GAHHHH. THIS BOOK. My thoughts are stars I can't fathom into constellations...

Just. I love Maxon. He's up there with William Herondale. I just can't.

By Patrícia Pilar Pecegueiro 09 Mar 2013 3

I'm starting this review by stating the main reason why I bought this book - its cover. When I first saw it I just fell in love with it and after passing my eyes through the synopsis, I knew this was going to be a good reading. And it was.
I picked my copy up as soon as I got it in the mail. Read one chapter with the intention of killing the immense curiosity I had, and without even realizing it, I was already hooked by the end of the first couple of pages. I found the writing so simple, so straightforward, that I felt like I was having a conversation with a dear friend and that she was confiding me with all of her deepest secrets. Also, due to its easy prose, I couldn't help by reading the entire book in a matter of hours. Actually, it was already morning outside when my eyes started getting a bit blurry and I had to call it a day.

I'm not sure if I, personally, would classify this book as a dystopian novel but I do understand why many people see it that way. The world building the author created does capture that essence, you feel a mix of Divergent meets The Hunger Games when it comes to castes and social divisions but that is as far as the comparison goes. Unfortunately, what started by being something really cool and interesting seeing the action was never stopped for the new society to be presented to the reader, it ended falling a little short for me. I seriously hope we get to see this new world explored to its maximum in the following books since its foundation sounds truly promising, although I do believe the romance will be the true core of The Elite, but hey, I might be wrong! I hope I am.

About the characters, America Singer might have the most cliché name of the entire literary universe - even though it's possible to start liking it after a while. I did! -, but I do think she is a very compelling and passionate protagonist. She is strong and fragile at the same time, like all characters should be, and ultimately courageous seeing how much she has going on her life when she gets picked to be one of the Selected ladies in the run for Prince Maxon's hand. Plus, she's incredibly talented and super friendly and even when she feels like she doesn't want to be a part of such political games, she doest it anyway, for the more honoured reasons possible. What I kind of disliked about her was how sometimes she sounded a bit out of her edge for someone who is not accustomed on having close friends or any other people around her, so it looked like, at times, she was way too comfortable for hew own good, showing off a certain aggressive and hostile slashes of personality.

As for the boys, I was betting my money on Aspen, right in the beginning due to their love appear to be so truthful and special, but the way the relationship came to an end - or to a pause, I'm not really sure - it flushed away all my sympathy for the guy. I understand that it is his job to provide for his family - and now for Mer as well - but I don't think that was enough reason to terminate such a powerful love. So... my attentions moved to Prince Maxon, who is kind and well educated and totally worthy of my compassion once I understood all the pressure he had on his shoulders. Personally, I would give him a bit more salt, just to spice him a little, but I have a strong feeling that a lot is going to change in book two. A lot! And I can't wait for it!

The plot is really exciting, and once you get into the Selection show, it becomes a complete page-turner. In my opinion, I just think a couple of things were missing, such as more information regarding Maxon's interaction with the other contestants, more details about both the attacks and attackers - during the scenes where the palace was invaded - and, maybe, a little more tension in general, especially when it came to Celeste hating everybody and actually doing something about it.
The big finale, well... was a little nerve-wracking. I think the way Aspen reappeared in Mer's life was a bit too expected, a cliché that could have been solved - and avoid - if the author had decided to give a different twist in the story, but the way America dealt with it by the end was the more mature and correct possible way. It also left a lot of doors open for the following book, which is awesome because we, as readers, get into that state of mind where we don't really know what to expect - in a good way!

Overall, this was a great reading. The story was attention-grabbing, the characters were mysterious - and still have a lot to show! -, and the writing was just perfect for someone like me who is not very used to reading in English. And even though, initially, I was expecting something else in terms of storyline - don't ask me what exactly 'cause I don't know -, I truly loved this book. And now I'm anxiously waiting for the release of The Elite, which is to due out in mid April. Can't wait!

By Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books) 20 Jan 2013 5

The Selection drew me in from the beginning. I really connected with America. I could see similar character traits in her as myself, and then others that makes her stronger, others that I knew she had much room to grow and change. Character development and growth is really what gets me involved emotionally and otherwise in stories, and I knew that watching America would be a journey that I did not want to miss out on.
I feel like I have read this before. And I can't figure out where. Maybe it is just my readings of Ester or a christian fiction that was based on Ester... But anyways. The addition of Aspen and her loving a lower class definitely makes it unique and puts America, the main character in a more precarious position. I understand completely her choosing to participate in the selection to help her family because while she isn't the lowest class, they do struggle for food. She also decides to do it because Aspen doesn't want to live with the guilt of holding her back. There was a lot of tension going into making this decision, and that was just the beginning of what kept me reading this book.
The other girls in the competition were fun to read about. Some, like Marlee made me smile. She was so open and I loved the budding friendship between her and America. Others, like Celeste--well, let me just say that she made a perfect character to hate. There are others that I wished I could get a peek inside their mind and their time with Maxon.
And oh, Maxon. At first, I thought much like America, that he was stuck up and unreachable. But as she got to know him, my heart melted and I was pulling for her to be able to leave Aspen in her past and chose him. Ms. Cass did a great job writing this and set this up, because I was all prepared to pull for first love and forbidden romance, but I loved the interactions between America and Maxon. How their friendship formed, and their bantering and open, vulnerable moments together.
The ending completely took my breath away, and I can't wait for The Elite so I can figure out where America goes next in her journey, and figure out more to make my decision as well as find out hers.

Bottom Line: Breath taking romance with an underdog main character that I was cheering for with all my heart.

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"A cross between The Hunger Games (minus the bloodsport) and The Bachelor (minus the bloodsport), this trilogy launch is a lot of fun. Cass deftly builds the chemistry between America and Maxon, while stroking the embers of America's first, forbidden love."--Publishers Weekly