I am a crotchety lady who loves mysteries and Tudor times.
Aside from it being a complete and total Hunger Games rip off, and a complete and total "Bachelor" rip off, the book also manages to shoe horn in a heaping helping of misogyny. Good job, female author!
On moral principle I will never give this writer any of my hard earned dollars/credits ever again.
Everyone deserves a second chance. (Except author Kiera Cass)
I think this writer thought she was writing a strong heroine and had some kind of message about female solidarity, which makes the story all that much more sickening. The detestable heroine is hung up on a dweeb but is so rude and self-centered she easily wins the heart of a prince. Then she decides she will be his confidant and tell him what girls to date and then gets super confused about how she feels.This effing book. It assumes all girls are vain, cowering, idiots, except the heroine who is only marginally less vain, marginally less cowering, and somehow even more idiotic.
Like other teen romance novels, The Selection is clean. No sex. I appreciate that. But there is a lot of yummy romance. I enjoyed getting to know the main character - America and found her to be believable and very likable.
Like other dystopian stories, I liked the examination of societal values. In this story there is a caste system which makes it very hard for some, who are born into lower castes, to make something of thier lives. With those who are born into upper castes, life is pretty easy as far as meeting basic needs, and there is a lack of understanding or recognition of the difficulty for the lower castes. It makes a person reflect on our actual North American society today. Although we may not have castes, I wonder if the old "American dream" - the opportunity to better yourself - is getting harder to obtain that in past decades? Do the successful people understand what its like to struggle - are they compassionate to others?
This book also speaks to the idea of freedom and agency. I always love that theme - as it makes me appreciate my own opportunities to choose.
The book is a little bit predictable, but I don't mind that when there are great characters. Although it ends on the edge of a cliff! Dang it! I can't believe I have to wait for the next book to come out - I want to know what America will choose!
I didn't love the narration. It wasn't terrible, but just wasn't awesome like other books. I can't put my finger on why.
The author Kiera Cass did an astounding job with this book. America came across as a well rounded character, not shallow in any way. She was not a love sick puppy that was dying for the prince's love and attention. This story reminded me of a dystopian type of Esther story, where the prince must choose his future bride. I look forward to the next book.
I like to read VERY much .. I'm obsessed with reading I don't have time to actually read a book so I've been a listener for three years now
I don't think so .. the narration was so stiff and cold , if I had the time I would've switched to the print version in no time
Prince Maxon and America's maids :)
she is so stiff and I couldn't recognize each character , they all have the same voice it's confusing
when Maxon told America that he has feelings for her
I wanted to enjoy this book more than I did but it was an enjoyable read
I had heard this was pretty popular and liking anything that involved dystopian competition I was excited, until I heard the first chapter. Who names a main character America? Honestly. I held out for the competition but each time this Nation complained about her underclass boyfriend, their forbidden love and the new feelings she hard for the prince, I wanted to smack her upside the head. I didn't finish it. Narrator wasn't horrible but you can tell the studio quality isn't the best.
Is it my favorite? Definitely not. But I enjoyed it and think most would. It's a little silly, but come on; it was fun and clearly I finished the series.
I work in a used book store, in the Young Adult department, so from time to time I'll read or listen to a book simply to be able to recommend something to customers, and be able to tell them about it at the same time. I'm typically a science fiction fan, but The Selection caught me by surprise. Honestly, I expected a shallow, typical 'love triangle gone haywire' mess, but I was pleasantly surprised. My favorite part was the female protagonist's duty to family, but rigid independence, but how that independence isn't so blind that she can't change her mind about something. Her warming to the male protagonist Maxon wasn't forced in my opinion. The story took its time. The narrator is really what kept me listening until the story caught my favor. My least favorite part of this book is I feel the rest of the characters apart from America and Maxon aren't very well fleshed out, and kind of black and white in personality, with little in between. However, considering that there's still two more books in this arch, I look forward to seeing if that changes!
Never given her a try before, but I shall again.
She lives the character, I like her tone and expressions. She's very good at expressing emotion, and I like her breathy, breezy sort of voice.
Yeah, I think so!
Give it a try, skeptics. I didn't think I'd care for it, but here I am downloading the next one.
This concept is so over-played. I listened to the book based on other reviews and the editors picks but should have known better. It started interestingly like the hunger games and quickly became an episode of the bachelor. I love some YA but this book has no depth and I was just bored by the end.