Friday, June 15, 2012

Review: The Selection

The Selection (The Selection, #1)
Goodreads Description:
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.

My Thoughts:
I got an ARC of The Selection at RT Teen Day in Chicago and I was lucky enough to meet the author (plus a ton more). I actually have a picture with me sandwiched between Kierra Cass (The Selection) and Rachel Caine (The Morganville Vampires) . Anyways back to the point, I put it on my TBR pile but I wasn’t in any hurry to read it. Then one of my friends tweeted me asking if I had read it. I said no and they told me I had to read it immediately. So I did.
I had originally thought this was going to be a rip-off of the Bachelor. It was NOT. Don’t get me wrong there are definitely some elements from the Bachelor but it’s not exactly like it. For example, I thought the camera crews would be on them all the time watching their every move. This is not the case. The camera crews are only there a very limited amount of time. It is still a dating competition like the Bachelor but it’s more than that. There’s a lot more to this book than finding love. Maxon’s choice on who to marry will have a significant impact on the course of the country. That’s a lot of pressure to put on a relationship.
When I first met Aspen, the guy America is in love with from back home, I’ll be honest I swooned. My friend told me upfront she was Team Maxon and in the beginning I couldn’t understand why. All we saw were glimpses of Prince Maxon on stage before the selection and during the selection. He seemed quiet and reserved and also a little on the stuck up side. However, a few chapters later we meet him. As soon as Maxon and America met, my allegiances switched. I loved their first meeting and how they both acted. It was so funny.
America’s attraction to Maxon isn’t immediate. America was blinded by her prejudices against him. She thought he was a spoiled brat that got whatever he wanted.  Plus, she was still very much in love with Aspen but over time you can tell she begins to have feelings for Maxon. And honestly I think she has more feelings for him than she realizes. I loved how their relationship developed. It seemed real in spite of everything going on around them.
But like I said before there is so much more to this book than a dating competition. Part of the reason I loved Maxon and America was because of the conversations they had. They didn’t have meaningless conversations. Their conversations were real and dealt with real issues. America showed Maxon that the world outside of his castle is bleak. She tells him about how the lower castes often go to bed hungry and that she, herself, had done it on more than one occasion. America comes in to Maxon’s world and shows him that the world isn’t black and white. There isn’t just right and wrong, there’s a gray area in the middle that the rest of the world has to live in. What’s even more inspiring is how Maxon takes this information. He’s outraged and immediately seeks to correct these injustices.
I really can’t tell you how much I loved this book. It is definitely one of my favorite books I’ve read this year. Actually, I think it’s simply one of my favorite books. The Selection is a great love story that deals with learning people aren’t always who you think they are and  that figuring out what you really want is a lot easier said than done.
Oh, and the ending?? Amazing! I will be on absolute edge until book two comes out!
Grade: A++


  1. Have yet to read this one, but great review! Is this the one the new CW show is based on?

  2. Thanks! Yes, it is! I'm so excited about it.

  3. Enjoyed your review! I just finished reading this today :)


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