The Selection by Kiera Cass in the first book in the Selection trilogy. It’s also the first book I started reading as part of BookTube-A-Thon to fulfill the challenge of reading a book with blue on the cover. It’s a very quick paced read that’ll keep you just as hooked as your favorite garbage reality show. To be totally honest, I wasn’t expecting to like it nearly as much as I did. Were there flaws? SURE, but sometimes I’m just in the mood for those quick, fun, short reads. The Selection follows America Singer who is one of 35 girls chosen from all of the castes in Illea to move into the Palace and take part in a competition to woo and eventually marry Prince Maxon, also known as The Selection.
The Selection is a Cinderella story of sorts and while the quality of the writing is not the best (seriously, this not an earth shattering read by any means), the story itself is an addicting one. It’s not a spoiler that America gets chosen to partake in The Selection because obviously the book series is about her so anyone who picks it up should see that coming. While the story is engaging, I feel obligated to address the love triangle which I am not so fond of. America is torn between her forbidden childhood love Aspen and Prince Maxon whom she quickly begins building a relationship with (I’ll say right now that I am Team Maxon). Maxon is completely opposite from what America had expected and I think he will be a great King when his time to rule comes. He’s compassionate toward his people, he truly cares about the well-being of others and he’s already doing what he can to make changes.
The aspect of The Selection that I enjoyed most is the worldbuilding. The story takes place in a future dystopian America and the population is broken in castes ranked One through Eight, One being the most wealthy and Eight being the most impoverished. It’s difficult to marry outside of your caste and the only opportunity anyone has to truly advance their place in society is to be The One to win The Selection. I enjoyed hearing about life within the Palace and the extravagant parties, dresses and pastries the Selected girls were being treated to. Speaking of pastries, one of my favorite characters (besides Maxon) is America’s younger sister May. She’s adorably enthusiastic and she’s so obviously hoping that her sister gets a happily ever after.
Final Thoughts: The Selection by Kiera Cass is an addictive futuristic Cinderella story. It takes place in a dystopian version of America in which 35 girls compete to marry Prince Maxon and join the monarchy. The characters are very frustrating at points, but the descriptions of their dresses and the silly squabbles the girls get into will keep you from putting this book down. If you enjoy binge watching reality television, this is a series for you!
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. (via Goodreads)