Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection by Kiera Cass
2012, HarperTeen
Series: Book 1 of The Selection

Synopsis: 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.

Why read: Received for review

What impressed me: In a dystopian society, a dating game reality show premise ensuring one girl rise up from her station to become princess is hugely entertaining. Fans of dystopia will love the world, and how citizens are ranked. Dating game fans will love seeing how Maxon goes about making the his choice for a bride. Reality show fans will absolutely adore the scandal and backbiting that goes on between the girls that are fighting for Maxon's attention and affection. A wonderful story idea that really sucks you in along the way.

What disappointed me: America is a good character because of her disinterest in the entire princess choosing ordeal. Unfortunately, what makes her a compelling and different character will start grating readers nerves early and often. The love triangle aspect detracts completely from the awesome premise.

Recommended: Yes. The Selection is very reality-show-dystopia that's sure to please fans of both.

Continue series: Definitely.

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