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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.
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The Selection by Kiera Cass. ISBN The Elite by Kiera Cass. Maddy Symphony of Words May 21st, You don't know until you read it, so its really narrow minded of you to state that opinion without having any knowledge of what the book, or author, are actually like. Is this book worth the read? It doesn't seem like my kind of read.
Suggestions on if I should or shouldn't? Ellie I read this book series because of a friend's obsession as well. She ADORES these books and was going to slit my throat in my sleep one night if I …more I read this book series because of a friend's obsession as well.
I'm not a romance person and also I get so worked up and upset at love triangles. I just HATE love triangles. Alas, I decided to read the book and save my life. I actually liked it. The next day I went to the library and got the second book. Then the next day I cried because all the copies of the last book were out of the library.
So, yes. I would recommend reading this. There is no harm in trying it, you might surprise yourself like I did. See all questions about The Selection…. Lists with This Book.
Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. May 06, Victoria rated it did not like it Shelves: Because you guys. She predicted Donald Trump's America. Rich businessman. War with China. Renaming country after own self. Creating a caste system based off of how much money one has. I didn't believe this was an America that could happen, but turns out, I was the one who was wrong.
Really, it has to be read to be believed. This is actually the worst book I've ever had the pleasure to encounter in my life, and I think it's only fair that everyone else get to enjoy it, too.
It's the best ten bucks and three hours of my life I've ever spent. I'm not being sarcastic.
The entertainment value of this novel is high. Especially if you can reenact scenes out loud with your boyfriend, which I may or may not have done. As for all you people who couldn't finish it? The effery gets more and more amazing and you missed some inspiring prose. I've read through many of the reviews here, and people have done a good job of covering the problems. Forgive me for treading familiar ground. I know, Collins did the same thing. But while it works in Hunger Games to underscore the absurdity of the society the silliest names come from the Capitol or Career districts , here, it just makes all of our descendants sound stupid.
Stop smoking pot, kids. Think of the children. I was describing this book to a friend, and I said, "The heroine is named America Singer. She has a really special talent, and you can tell from her name. Is she really good at freedom? This book fails miserably on both points. Not only is the vision of the future ridiculous and implausible based on the world we know today, it demonstrates a complete lack of historical, economic, political, and anthropological understanding.
Midway through the book, we are given a breathtakingly idiotic vision of the future how has no one addressed this yet?
It's like the best part of the book. No, really. Because if one country is in debt to another and the first country wants its money back, that's what you do! International Relations ! Did America somehow lose its stockpile? The Chinese want American labor! Anyway, after China invades America, the Russians attack. East and. I think she might mean China, but it's hard to tell. The nation that didn't even name itself after George Washington, decided to name itself after a "private citizen who donated his money and knowledge.
Not even the worst dictators in the history of the world have done that. Regarding the naming-a-country-after-a-person, I might be wrong. Not sure. See comments. It's something you should just know. Moving on, though I guess it's hard to move on from that idiocy.
Anyway, the book also doesn't make a particularly cogent argument against misogyny, class-ism, or even basic stupidity.
For example, view spoiler [the palace is constantly under attack from rebels. The rebels just keep on breaking in. The king's response?
Get some metal window shades. He could build an actual fort which, you know, people managed to do thousands of years ago before they had like tractors and shit. He could move to a secret bunker. But no. He got some metal window shades. He deserves to die and this country deserves to fall, just because of the principle of evolution and survival of the fittest.
These people ain't it. For example, Marlee tells America that girls are all bitchy and out to backstab each other. America takes this in stride, instead of, oh, pointing out that her sisters were great to her?
Why is it okay to say this or perpetrate this kind of belief about women? Of course it's true of some women, as it's true of some men. People lack depth, subtlety, and consistency in this book.
As for lack of consistency: Maxon, for example, is described as being not very good with girls "I don't meet very many women," he says at one point. It would be one thing if this was described as being awkward, but instead the women all seem to really like it--so he's inexperienced, yet smooth with the ladies? Maxon is in general the least sexy 'hero' I've ever read.
First off, he's a shitty prince. Sit your ass down. Memorize their names and faces. He's also completely ignorant of what's going on in his country until America tells him and then he becomes an overnight communist because of her.
Not that there's anything wrong with communists per se, but I'm still amused. I get that as the prince he was maybe really sheltered from the realities of the caste system, but it's still really unsexy that he hasn't even tried to find out before. It demonstrates a complete lack of curiosity, empathy, and imagination.
As a love interest, Maxon is just really creepy. He says, "You [the Selected girls] are all dear to me. It is simply a matter of discovering who shall be the dearest. The problem isn't that Maxon has clearly never been laid, which is fine I love non-man-ho heroes!
I also really enjoyed this description of Maxon: It was an interesting expression on his face. As for America, her stupidity is kind of endearing. Watching her navigate the world is like watching a toddler cross traffic, only really hilarious.
She's unbelievably self-centered, egotistical, and smug. For example, her treatment of her maids is poorly thought out. It's like Cass wants to make America sympathetic by having her care about her maids view spoiler [such as her concern for the girls during the two rebel attacks hide spoiler ] , but America's actual behavior towards the girls is condescending and smug.
Later, she self-righteously says that she "enjoys the company of Sixes. That would be a better way of putting it. There is no subtlety, no tension. If someone wants to know something? Any character will spill the inner workings of their mind immediately. Case in point: Who does that? Someone who is acting according to the dictates of plot instead of human nature and their own characterization. Then another character describes America as 'mysterious' at one point. Clearly, the author's definition of 'mysterious' is very different from everyone else's.
Cass is also VERY fond of using the dialogue tag "sing" or "sang out. This is a really idiotic move because I sort of imagine everyone singing in a Miss Piggy tone of voice. The queen is described as sitting "not in an icy way," in contrast to her husband and son. Which makes zero sense. Posture is not described as icy: You can't just use words because you feel like it.
Words mean specific things. Also, someone twirls her fork "menacingly. This is one of those fun things you can try to do at dinner tonight. I get what Cass is trying to go here, but she hasn't described it right. Or it can even be something like, "She was merely twirling pasta on her fork, but she somehow managed to make the gesture look menacing, like she meant to stab me in the eye with it after I was finished eating.
America also puts her books on a "helpful" shelf. That's how I describe all my furniture when they fulfill their function: At one point, America describes Aspen's hair as "scraggly. Ragged, thin, or untidy in form or appearance. Now, I recognize the use of the word "or" in this definition: However, words have connotations as well as denotations, and using the word "scraggly" implies dirty and thin.
Probably not how you want people to imagine one of the love interests' hair. Cass also likes to juxtapose words weirdly, like when America "whisper-yelled" at Aspen, or when Maxon laughs "with a bizarre mix of rigidity and calm," or a character who smiles in a way that's both "excited and timid.
America's family is described as poor because they are lower caste. I don't download it. She has her own bedroom, and her family owns not only a fridge, but a TV, and they eat popcorn while they watch it. And it would have been so easy to do! Such as, "the fridge was a cast-off from the home of a Three!
Inner city? Rural countryside? This would have gone a long way towards establishing America's poverty. Or people are described as "regal" without any indication of what that means stiff posture?
Raised chin? Expressionless face? Walks with a stick up their rears? America's first breakfast in the palace: Here's another stunning example of Cass's descriptive prowess: The carpets were lavish and immaculate, the windows were sparkling, and the paintings on the wall were lovely.
How big are the mirrors? What kind of flowers? What do the carpets look like? This is not how you write description, guys. The telling, not showing also ties into the bad characterization. We are TOLD, for example, that Aspen's mother is kind, because she "give[s] clothes that didn't fit her kids anymore to families who had next to nothing.
Giving away clothes that you don't use anymore isn't kind, because it lacks the element of sacrifice. It's vaguely charitable at best. If Cass wanted to use this example, she would have had to add something along the lines of "instead of selling it for money.
Witness the 'bargain' that America offers the prince during their first meeting: Then, after like two meetings dates lol , America is hurt when Maxon didn't tell her something because she thinks that they are 'friends'. Not everyone is you, America. Not everyone tells all their secrets to their actual friends after YEARS, let alone to random people after a mere days. For example, at one point the prince says, "I hope to find happiness, too.
To find a woman that all of Illea can love, someone to be my companion and to help entertain the leaders of other nations. Someone who will befriend my friends and be my confidante.
I'm ready to find my wife.
Maxon's idea of love is incredibly self-centered: And sure, a princess is public commodity and she should be popular with his people and not embarrass the country in front of other nations. He wants to enfold her into HIS life. I'm a little confused by everyone's lack of understanding of basic statistics in this book. The selection is a lottery, and your odds are Not Good.
And yet this book opens, "When we got the letter in the post, my mother was ecstatic. She had already decided that all our problems were solved, gone forever. The big hitch in her brilliant plan was me. God, if the woman thinks the "big hitch in her plan" is America's stubbornness, she must be dumber than a brick--like mother, like daughter, eh? Later on, America notes that "families had already started throwing parties for their daughters, sure that they would be the one chosen for the Selection.
I would say this is pretty much a master class in how not to write a novel. Aspiring novelists, take note. You can learn more about what not to do spending ten bucks on this than in an expensive university writing program Writing a book is really hard. I respect that. I don't respect the way this author treats reviewers, because reviews are for readers, who deserve to know what they are getting for their money. You guys, thank you so much for reading.
I am blown away by all of your support. Will attach links soon. View all comments. May 12, Kiki rated it liked it Shelves: This book is like those little sachets of Nutella you get as free samples with like a magazine or a packet of Ritz or something, in that it's empty calories lite but seriously delicious.
It's really small and really bad for you and not really that satisfying but shit if you don't enjoy it. Because, no matter how superior you think your tastes are, you will enjoy this. Even just on a voyeuristic level. You just have to forget all of the stuff you know. Like, all of it. Forget what you learned in This book is like those little sachets of Nutella you get as free samples with like a magazine or a packet of Ritz or something, in that it's empty calories lite but seriously delicious.
Forget what you learned in civics class and don't you dare remember even one page of that history textbook that your teacher shoved under your nose when you were eleven. Don't untangle those headphones; don't try to line up the yellow smarties. This book is a house of cards. Really cool to look at, but totally flimsy. And the controversy is such a shame. It's a shame that the creative minds behind this lovably fluffy duck-down are the sort to hurl expletives at honest, non-inflammatory reviewers via Twitter, which is literally the weakest way to attack someone, because were your reasons so flimsy that they wouldn't fill out more than characters?
Come on. Personal shitstorms aside, this book has about as much class and substance as its creators, but that's isn't to say that it didn't nicely pad out a two-hour train journey from Dundee to Glasgow. That commute, especially on a Friday lunchtime, is a snore. Add that to a tiny waif of a story with all of the addictive allure of crack and you've got two covers that you can turn in one single sitting.
I'm not going to lie to you and say that I didn't have preconceived notions about this one; I mean, come on. The social drama was embarrassing. Add that to a name like "America Singer" and you've got a character I'm expecting to hate. But the thing was that I totally didn't. I have a bit of a problem with those who expect teen girls in YA books to behave like street-smart successful thirty-year-olds with enough life experience to be able to judge any situation with a clinical and businesslike edge.
I know I wasn't like that when I was sixteen, and neither were you. When I was sixteen I fell in love with a supply teacher and thought that having chipped nail polish made me look edgy. America is kind of like me. She's probably kind of like you, too. She's over-dramatic and foolishly optimistic and she gets swept up by a single kind action from a cute boy.
So what? She's a teenage girl. She's also careful, restrained and compassionate. She doesn't swallow bullshit like it's Orange Julius. She's believable. I'm not usually a huge fan of the whole "I'm special because I'm plain" which this whole book does use as a giant smoke screen for its sexism: Cass gives us commentary on girls and their competitiveness without actually tackling the reasoning behind that, which is of course a society whose foundations rely on a lack of camaraderie between women and this idea that in terms of relationships, men come first.
Who is funding, perpetuating, and benefitting from the Selection? Maxon, who will gain a wife, and the king, who will solidify his dynasty. The queen is merely there for decoration; she says and does nothing of import.
This book, had it not been the Nutella free sample of dystopia in which there's no greater peril than running out of bow tie pasta and having to resort to lasagne sheets, could have been a fantastic allegory for the way in which women compete and are punished for it, when in fact it is men and male benefactors specifically who both incite and perpetuate said competition.
We are supposed to hate Celeste because she's our stereotypical heartless mean girl - and YA caters only to the insecurities of those who are visually plain, placing girls who wear lipstick into a terribly unflattering light and only exacerbating "types of girls" - when in fact Celeste and her desperation to climb the social ladder is a blinding example of what this patriarchal power imbalance between men and women has created in Cass's world.
That is, the idea that male acceptance and male pleasure has infinitely greater value than that of women. This idea that men and romance comes first, and female friendships threaten that, and get her! Tackle her! He's all that gives you value, remember? Calling out "all my friends are guys, there's less drama because girls are bitches" gives me immense satisfaction. When I hear that self-important special snowflake shit it makes me want to hurl.
Is that any way to speak about your fellow woman? Do you understand the waves that women can make when they work together? This book is nowhere near as bad in this area as it could have been - but we weren't spared disapproving glances at Bariel's breasts or the constant commentary on Celeste and her ridiculously exaggerated competitive antics.
Do me a favour and spare me another wasted concept, because there's no peril to this, and because there's no peril, the story has no weight. None of these girls are being forced to do this. There's monetary gain involved but America's family are not exactly begging for scraps, are they? Why on earth we're watching a middle-class girl agonize so deeply over a silly competition that she chose to enter is beyond me.
What's further beyond me is the whole caste system, and why it's even in place, and why this book is a dystopia. This could have been a four-star read for me had it been set in a high fantasy world, maybe in a kingdom called Candy Land where everything was frivolous and silly with an undercurrent of darkness and social instability.
But let's look at the technicalities of this. We have a competition with no negative outcomes that everyone adores except the faceless "rebels" who lack any real presence and who are portrayed as nasty barbarians when in fact what they're rebelling against is fat cats sitting in a palace eating fruitcake while children in the lower castes starve.
The prince for whom they're competing is hot and charming and sweet. Goddamn, nothing about this is dystopian. You might look at the poverty pointedly but is the poverty ever explored in any meaningful way?
Is there ever any real commentary attached to it? Jesus, just add some fucking peril to your dystopia. It's not meant to be serious! Dystopia is a genre that is built around social commentary. Don't you dare come in and fluff up a genre that was created as a platform for authors to offer creative, intelligent critique and discourse on some of the most controversial and powerful social issues in the real world.
Dystopia is a gift; dystopian stories can make us better people. This is not a dystopia. It is just silly. This book could have been so much more. It could have been powerful and groundbreaking. It's not like the writing was anything special in some places, it's just plain bad. This book is filled with some of the most unnatural and stilted dialogue I have ever read or that any of the characters, even those I liked Maxon was an unexpected favourite of mine, even if he is a two-faced spineless dingbat , grabbed my attention enough to make me give a crap.
It's just one big pile of wasted potential. And I am so suspicious of authors who say that they "write without agenda" because one cannot claim to do impossible things. Every single piece of writing in existence has agenda, big or small, powerful or menial. Don't say that you just wanted to write a little light-hearted dystopia that nobody should take too much to heart.
Don't do that. Don't do what Lauren DeStefano did when she wrote about rape and polygamy and forced marriage and sex with thirteen year olds and then claimed that there was no social commentary behind it, and that she wasn't trying to say anything with her writing. The fuck? Don't fuck with really serious issues and then try to wriggle out of readers' concern or curiosity by claiming that you "didn't mean anything by it".
That's lazy and also sort of insulting. All of that said, don't be too surprised by my three-star rating. I'm sorry, but I couldn't award less to a book that engrossed me so, and that was such guilty fun. I was absolutely hypnotized. Nov 05, Wendy Darling rated it did not like it Shelves: Reaction before reading this book: I know I may be a sucker for falling for this cover, but look at it!
I totally want to go to that party. Reaction after reading this book: I no longer want to go to this party. Full disclosure: I did not read this entire book. I took notes for the first 88 pages, read to page , and then skimmed the rest. I think reading more than half the book qualifies as giving it a fair shot. The Selection arrives with a gorgeous cover and interesting premise.
What if a lott Reaction before reading this book: What if a lottery allowed 35 teenage girls to compete for the hand of a handsome prince? I thought this might be a fun and fluffy read, so I pushed aside my initial misgivings about the names and pounced on the chance to read the ARC. Turns out, sometimes your gut is just trying to do its job, as I kept struggling with the book until I finally admitted that I didn't find a single aspect of this story that I enjoyed.
Somehow I missed the early blurb that described this novel as a mash-up between the The Bachelor and The Hunger Games , which is unfortunate because the comparison to the television show is pretty spot-on. Mentioning it in the same breath as The Hunger Games is a travesty, however, since this book barely qualifies as a dystopian novel--and certainly the quality of the story, characters, themes, and writing don't come even close to comparing.
Here are some facts which may help you decide whether you want to read this book: Character Names: Our main character's name is America Singer. Guess what she does. Her boyfriend's name is Aspen. Attempts to Make This Novel Dystopian: Sketchy caste system. Talk of provinces. Girls are required to wait until marriage to have sex. Infrastructure Committees. Occasional mentions of hunger and lack of makeup.
Very obvious protestations that are easily seen through. Juvenile dialogue. A lot of whispering to convey dramatic statements. A plethora of exclamation points. Eff you, cell phone commercial. You've ruined whole generations. Contestants vying for a "perfect" guy.
Appearance fees. Television specials. Icky elements. Most Annoying Element of All: The story ends on a cliffhanger, as if there was so much going on in this one book, it could not be contained in a single volume. Why did Mom have to push me so much? Wasn't she happy?
Didn't she love Dad? Why wasn't this good enough for her? First my mom, then May, now you. It's getting on my nerves. He smiled. Aspen was dressed in white. He looked angelic.
That was it. I slapped him. I loved you! I wanted you; all I ever wanted was you! Whether you'll enjoy this book depends on whether you find any of the above details appealing. If, like me, they make you want to pull out your hair, it may be best to either try this one out at the library first or just admire the pretty cover design from a safe distance. Putting aside the fact that this probably would have worked better as a straightforward fairy tale without the pseudo-dystopian details, as well as the annoying focus on boys boys boys being the be-all and end-all of this book, the whole thing wasn't really a very enjoyable reading experience to me, not even as mindless entertainment.
I almost wish this were a middle grade novel, except that there are a few too many make out scenes for that. Plus I don't think I would have enjoyed this even at the age of 8. As always, these kinds of books are just a matter of taste. This review also appears in The Midnight Garden. After less than 24 hours of this review being live: Some pretty horrible developments occurred. Please check message on this post if you're interested. Those interested in how this one review still continues to affect me 2 years after posting it should check out the links in message as well.
This review has not been altered at all since its publication, with the exception of the addendum, and to delete a quote that was misread. Nov 17, Emily May rated it did not like it Shelves: I know, I know, I probably shouldn't have read this.
But when a series gets to be this popular, I can't help needing to know why. Firstly, the names. I knew that was her name, I knew it was silly, but whatever, it does not maketh or breaketh a book. Honestly, why I know, I know, I probably shouldn't have read this. Honestly, why did the author think that was a good idea?
Yes, it was. Secondly, this book really is just like The Bachelor and nothing else. I know we can jokingly compare the competition of beauty pageants and various reality shows to The Hunger Games , but the fact that this is seriously being compared to putting kids in an arena and letting them kill each other is just hilarious.
This is about a beautiful girl who gets so pissed when people comment on her obvious beauty: This beautiful girl enters The Selection - a contest of sorts where the poor competitors volunteer to compete for the heart of a handsome prince. It draws more attention to how bad it is by the vague mention of poverty, children being beaten for stealing food, social castes that are distinguished by numbers, etc. Cass slips in a small mention of these and then very quickly moves onto the smooching.
Our caste was just three away from the bottom. Oh no, I have only a few nice dresses, what is this world?! And Prince Maxon himself is about as sexy as a doorknob, with even fewer brain cells.
How creepy is it that he says: Just one more thing. I wasn't going to go into details about the world-building. To be honest, I went into The Selection willing to forgive it for not being very good on that front. I mean, it's obvious that this book wasn't written for people who care deeply about historical, political and socioeconomic factors. But Cass should have continued being vague, she really should have.
Things just went even further downhill when she tried to paint in a back story. How did this world come about? Well, obviously there was a Third World War, duh. And if you had the most basic understanding of history, guess which countries might have invaded - yes, invaded , lol - the United States. China, you say?
Oh, and maybe the Russians? Yup, those too! I cringe just remembering it. Also, why would China invade the US? Unfortunately for them, this didn't get them any money, as the United States was beyond bankruptcy. Why would China be so stupid? Did they think they could just march in and seize the money the Americans wouldn't give them? And then when they don't get their money, they create "The American State of China.
This was way worse than if the author had simply offered no explanation for this society. It's a completely crazy explanation. Maybe Cass assumed her YA audience would be so history-dumb that it wouldn't matter if countries did stupid things for stupid reasons. I guess I learned my lesson about trying out those "popular" books I never read. Emily Andrews griffin Damn. Feb 04, Jean Who knew there were so many rabid Selection fans out there?
I remember thinking the book was fine when I read it; not great, but not terrible. For wha Who knew there were so many rabid Selection fans out there? For what it's worth, I enjoyed your review. So thanks for the laugh! Nov 04, Mariya rated it it was amazing Shelves: I know you think there are others here more suited for me and this life, and I wouldn't want you to rush into trying to be happy with any of this.
I just I just want to know if it's possible I don't think I quite expected that once I flipped the first page that I couldn't stop! But guess what it happened! I am constantly thinking about "I'm not so stupid as to believe that you've completely forgotten about your former boyfriend.
Everything about this book I absolutely loved and I have no freaking clue how I am going to wait more than a year for the second book to come out. Such torture! But they have a caste system in this world that goes from one to eight. One being very rich and eight being very poor. The Selection gets held for the prince where out of 35 woman he gets to narrow it down to one girl he picks as his princess.
Since The Selection started, I'd been worrying that it was something that was going to ruin my life. But in this moment, I couldn't think of a time that felt more right. Her mother is very needy and begging her because it is a wonderful opportunity. Even if you don't get chosen as the princess your life changes forever, you will be higher up in the caste system, and it would help America's family.
America doesn't care about any of that though, and plus she has a secret boyfriend, Aspen. It is sort of forbidden too for her to be with him. Later on, Aspen feels America should at least try for The Selection and she gets picked as one of 35 girls. And some problems happen between Aspen and America before she leaves.
He leaned in even closer to whisper. Is there any possibility of you having any sort of I felt like she as a very strong heroine. And she is very unselfish. When we meet Prince Maxon he is everything America thought he wouldn't be. I mean, come on. Maxon has very cute qualities that make my heart flutter. He has a cute reaction to crying ladies and it is funny.
I love how he uses the term, "my dear", which America hates. Prince Maxon is very sweet and kind and all her wants is to find a girl among the 35 girls that are at his palace that he could love. That girl may end up to be America though. But the question becomes is America even interested? Is she over Aspen yet? There seems to be a lot going on between Maxon and America without anything actually happening and it becomes clear in my opinion at least that America does like Maxon, but there are things she has to figure out first.
I wrapped my arms around him, resting my head against his chest. Maxon seemed both comforted and surprised by the gesture. I took only a second for him to wrap his arms securely around me. But I most definitely want America and Maxon together.
It felt so short. I wish the book was like pages long. I loved it that much! It will be complete torture waiting for the next book in the series. More of my reviews at Mystifying Paranormal Reviews View all 44 comments. Jan 13, Shannon rated it did not like it Shelves: If you can get past the "I'm smelling my armpit" cover, and also the silly names, and the horribly unoriginal storyline, and the terrible writing What does that leave you then? A nice Seriously, though, read reviews for this one.
They're not favorable for a reason. View all 47 comments. May 14, Miranda Reads rated it liked it Shelves: I really do. And I hope you never have to know what it's like to have to try and live without them. North America was destroyed wars, financial crisis, etc. This new country came with a strict caste system with Ones being the royal family all the way down to Eights - poor, starving untouchables.
America Singer , a Five, is among the artist caste. Hungry but not starving. Poor but not destitute. She has a secret love , Aspen, a Six the laborers and cleaners and she knows nothing could be worse than their discovery. In her country, only the harshest of punishments are towards the unpure girls. Life seems rather hopeless.. The Selection. Prince Maxon is ready to find his bride and the royals crowd-sourced 35 eligible healthy, virgins for the task.
America signs up for the Selection under duress of her family and surprise, surprise our heroine is selected. Every week she remains in the prince's pool of suitable companions, her family gets much needed money. Every week she remains, she's one step closer to becoming a One. As much as her family is rooting with her, she decides to cut a deal with Maxon. She'll be his friend, his eyes-and-ears in exchange for keeping her in the competition and her family will keep getting that sweet paycheck.
I enjoyed the rather sweet romance that developed between our mains. Thank goodness it wasn't an insta-love sort of deal. Plus, who doesn't love it when there's solid banter between the leads? It sounds weird, but bear with me. The country is in a bout of civil unrest, rebels both factions are breaking into the castle every other day It just felt very The author has the rebels breaking in so frequently that I really wondered if the king left the back door unlocked.
The caste system added drama All in all, it could've been a great book if it was better fleshed out but it's still an entertaining one.
Just don't think too hard. Audiobook Comments Read by Amy Rubinate - not bad at all I don't think the folks really planned out this audiobook series at all. Book 1 - Queen Amberly no accent , her sister southern twang. What the what. Blog Instagram Twitter View all 45 comments.
Miranda Reads Janett wrote: I love this series! The first 3 books anyway. I agree that Kiera's research was lacking especially in simple things like c Janett wrote: I agree that Kiera's research was lacking especially in simple things like calling Maxon "Majesty" which is improper for a Prince.
I also Miranda Reads Nora… wrote: I read this book for one reason: To find out why it's a New York Times Best-selling series. After drinking several beers and banging my head against the wall after reading The Selection , I can kinda see why. And to be fair, it's probably not the absolute worst book I've read. I mean, there's still that time I read Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini Still, it is by no means something that I'd recommend.
I know it might seem like I detested The Selection based on my status updates , but to be pe I read this book for one reason: I know it might seem like I detested The Selection based on my status updates , but to be perfectly honest, I haven't had this much fun reading a terrible book since Midnight Sun.
Character names: If there's one thing that I just don't understand about The Selection , it's why more creativity couldn't be used on character names. Character names based on their occupation?
House of Mary Sues: It might not surprise you that this book is about a super special snowflake, but did you know that virtually ALL the characters are just as special? The competition in The Selection isn't just about which girl can win Maxon's heart. Oh no. It's about who's the most special of them all! And since most of them are so damn selfless, they end up tripping over themselves, giving each other compliment after compliment.
You'd make such a great Queen. I'm nothing but a cardboard cutout excuse for a supporting character. In fact, even Maxon and Aspen are competing, too.
In my hands I hold a royal flush of Mary Sues. The love triangle: I almost always dislike love triangles. It turns the female character into someone who can only focus on the two boys and becomes a much less interesting person.
In effect, she is defined by this love triangle and her story becomes a shipping war. I was hoping The Selection wouldn't fall into that trap and was ecstatic that America was leaving Aspen behind when she left to live at the palace.
But I knew things couldn't be that simple since he eventually shows up at the right fucking moment to add unnecessary romantic tension. Because what a coincidence that a poor boy, who's a glorified custodian, would find his way all the way to the palace and a guard right outside America's door!