Series: The Selection #1
Published by HarperCollins on 2012-04-24
Genres: Dystopian, General, Girls & Women, JUVENILE FICTION, Love & Romance, Royalty, Young Adult
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 a palace and compete for the heart of 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 have to say I don’t know why I put off reading this one for so long but I am kicking myself for doing so. I loved this book and the concept of it was so cool and original. We start this book out be meeting America Singer who is a normal teen living as a Five in a world that ranks people and gives them certain levels. America being a Five means that she is allowed an art to pursue and that is how you make your living by being hired but others that have the money to afford you. I the world the author created because you got to see the ranges of rankings and how it played out for some people. America soon gets a letter to fill out an application to take part in the Selection. Oh where do I start with the Selection outside of seeing it is a competition where girls are picked to have the chance to marry Prince Maxon. America is pretty much guilted into the filling out the application by her mom and her secret boyfriend Aspen and she agrees to do it.
As the story continues America is picked as one of the 35 girls and whisked away to the palace. I have to say I did love that the being picked for it gave the chance to have money given to their families as America’s family needed it. I liked that even though the girls were different rankings they were all treated as equal in the palace and I quickly started to pick my favorites that I wanted to see make it to the top. America was one of them because she was willing to do this to give her family a better life even though she had no interest in marrying Maxon and I loved how quickly she worked out a friendship with him. America soon becomes a force to be reckoned with among the other girls because her caring nature started making her a favorite. I loved how she took to her maids and treated them as friends and not just the help. I felt like sometimes she related better with them than to the other girls there.
As America adjusts to life in the palace she soon learns she may not be that safe due to the rebels trying to get into the palace. I loved that Maxon confided so easily in her and they were building such a cool friendship. I have to say that while I was adjusting to Maxon and America getting closer I forgot about Aspen but he comes back in a major way and I am not sure if I’m happy about it. I am not too big of a fan of love triangles and I can see this heading in that direction. America soon realizes she will have some decisions to make as she continues in the Selection.
Overall I liked this one and it was a really fun read that kept me invested throughout. I wanted to see what would happen and getting to know all the girls competing was unique because the author made them all so different even though they were after the same thing. I loved the world that was created and loved that the Selection would be a way to foster better relations with whatever country the final girl is from. The author wrote a great tale with a great plot and awesome characters. I can’t wait for the next book in the series and happy that all the books are out so I can binge read them.