Title: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection
Original Date Started: April 11, 2013
Original Date Finished: April 14, 2013
Format: ebook from the digital library
Another book that I read two years ago and had to reread because I don’t remember what happened. Usually this would be a sign that the book isn’t memorable, but trust me when I say that The Selection is memorable. I just read a lot of books in 2013 and in 2014 so my memory of details was rather hazy. So I decided before I took a turn on reading book 3, I might as well refresh my memory as to what happened in the other two.
The best way to describe The Selection, I guess, is to take the district system from The Hunger Games and have it meet The Bachelor. In this world of the new America – it’s actually called Illea if I remember correctly – there is a caste system. The royal family are Ones, then there are Twos, and it goes down to the Eights. When the royal heir – this case Prince Maxon – comes of age to select a bride a countrywide contest is held. Girls from the age of 16-20 are encouraged to fill out an application and there name is added to the list (and may the odds be ever in your favor). Thirty-five girls are selected and go to the palace where they have to fight – not literally, of course, they are ladies after all – for the Prince’s affections. The thirty-five slowly dwindles down to the Elite until he chooses the One.
America Singer is a Five and wants nothing to do with the Selection when she gets an application in the mail. She won’t fill out despite her mother’s protests, but what her mother doesn’t know is that she’s already in love with someone – a Six named Aspen – and it wouldn’t be fair. But her mother makes an offer she can’t refuse, and what’s the probability that she’ll actually get picked anyway? So she fills out the application and smiles for the camera. Later that week, Aspen breaks her heart and she gets selected. She’s off to the palace to win the prince, but how can she when she has a broken heart?
So after re-reading The Selection I remember why I liked it so much. The friendship between America and Maxon is fantastic, I just kind of wished that it had stayed that way. But I kind of get why it couldn’t. It was only a matter of time until America’s heart began to mend. Maxon is also pretty cute with how flustered he gets. It’s nice to see him be so open with her. I think my favorite scene with these two was during America’s interview for the Report, where she had to explain why she had yelled at Maxon during their first meeting. Maxon shouting “Ask her to tell the whole story!” was just ridiculously cute and totally fluffy.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. Standing by my original rating for this one because of two things. One, the fact that Aspen got assigned to the Palace as a guard and started his relationship over again with America. I don’t like love triangles in YA fiction. Why is that always a go to? And I really don’t like the character of Aspen. His ego and pride are too huge! Two, there really wasn’t a climax in this book. It just kind of ends with the Elite being started sooner than planned. Um…okay?
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