Book Review: The Selection

Title: The Selection (The Selection #1)

Author: Kiera Cass

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

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.

I know this may sound strange to many of you but I have absolutely no complaints about this book. I positively loved it! I found this book to completely draw me in. It was an impossible to put down, emotional rollercoaster.

First off, in the romance department it was nice to see something far from the usual when it comes to falling in love. It seems that in most YA novels it’s a love at first sight thing. Well in The Selection Cass actually takes you through the motions of getting to know someone and shows how friendship can lead to love. With that being said, I really enjoyed how sweet America and Maxon relationship is. I don’t even plan on touching up on her relationship with Aspen. Although I really enjoyed it in the beginning I truly hope America chooses Maxon.

While reading this book I kept being reminded of Wither by Lauren DeStefano. I honestly didn’t understand why until I finished this novel. Overall, it is the essence of repeated themes. For example, the rich suitor who is seeking their affection.  The protagonists not wanting to be there to fight for the suitors attention. Then there’s the fact that these girls are actually competing for said suitors’ attention. All in all, I know these books are VERY different but I kept feeling a sense of  Déjà vu while reading this.

I enjoyed the setting. I found the world Cass presented to us to be quite unique although not one I would ever like to experience. I was also intrigued by all the government secrets that were hinted at. I think that when that all comes to the light not only will America be in the middle of it all but it’s going to lead to a giant clusterfuck. Which is something that I am looking forward to.

Again, I really enjoyed this book . I am looking forward to the sequel and this is a book I would definitely recommend.

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