Thursday, August 2, 2012

The Selection - Kiera Cass

Title: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Release Date: April 24th, 2012, Hardcover
Publisher: HarperTeen
Group: Young Adult Literature
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.
This book was like love at first sight. I just knew that I was going to love it, but then I started to have some doubts. There wasn't that many positive reviews but it was CassJayTuck who finally got me to read this. So I give full credit to her and her awesome review over this.

The Selection is about a girl named America Singer. (Awesome name right?) America gets selected along with 34 other girls to be in a competition for Prince Maxon. America is less than excited about this, she doesn't want to marry Prince Maxon or be queen. She is happy with her boyfriend, Aspen, but knows that her mother would never approve. But when Apsen breaks up with her, she goes along with the Selection and finally meets Prince Maxon who is not like she expected at all.

Kiera Cass creates this unique and awesome world. Yes, it is dystopian but it isn't something that I have read before. You get enough background information on this new world, but it doesn't become boring. I am actually really excited to learn more. This world has eight different caste or class levels. America Singer is caste five, which means entertainment. Her mother and her sing, her father and sister paints. It was really interesting to read about.

I just loved all the characters in this book! America could be so funny at times that I caught myself laughing out loud. This book does revolve around a love triangle. You have Prince Maxon and her on-again off-again boyfriend Aspen. Out of the majority of reviews that I have read, Prince Maxon seems to be winning this one. However, I just can't decide who I like more. There are times that I love Aspen then I hate him. The same way with Maxon. There were serious moments that I wanted to punch Maxon in the face. I am curious to see how this will turn out in the next book. The secondary characters are just as good too. I really liked some of the other girls in the Selection like Marlee and Tiny. They were funny. I also loved America's little sister May. I hope we get to see more of her in the next book! The author has also pulled in this fascinating topic of rebels. I am so curious about these guys! I really hope they are the main plot in the next book. Who exactly are the rebels and what are they after? There are a few rebel attacks in this book, but I can just tell that it was the calm before the storm. I cannot wait!

The only warning that I have for readers is that there are some cheesy parts, but I happen to like it so I don't mind. I am anxiously waiting the next book and can't wait to see what the cover will look like! Will America be in a different colored dress? I bet its red this time. I just have a feeling. So overall, I really enjoyed this book. I highly recommend it if you want a quick satisfying dystopian read!


1 comment:

  1. I've been debating whether to go for this one, but thanks to your review, I think I might have to give it a try :)


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