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 kept picturing a really amazing movie while listening to this but it was really difficult to get over her voice. It sounded too much like Siri or some kind of fake, inhuman voice.
Amy Rubinate sounds a little robotic at first, but I got used to it... She does a good job portraying each character with different tones & fluctuations. The storyline is brilliant intriguing adventurous cute funny captivating and leaves me wanting more!
Amy Rubinate sounds a little robotic. It was difficult to get used to initially but once I got into the characters more it didn't bother me as much. Most of the story is a little shallow but definitely a guilty pleasure.
Loved the book! Id heard so much good things about it! I never actually look into a book before I read it because it makes me not want to and honestly when I looked into it more it didnt seem like my thing, im more of a witch and wizard, demigod and saytar, vampire and werewolf girl. But this story was incredible! I own an etsy shop and i use these audio books so that i can work and read at the same time but my heart was beating so fast everytime something happened especially with darn Celest that i could barely work. I applaud Kiera, its extremely hard to get me this interested in a book especially one without the supernatural but this is definitely a book i wouldnt mind reading 4 or 5 times. Altho the story was amazing, the performance of the reader... I mean seriously was it Siri or Kristen Stewart reading this book because they both pretty much sound the same, dry and annoying. If the reader wants to continue her career in audio books i suggest some lessons or maybe a different career.
I just loved it. I felt the story was really fun, the characters were great. the Narrator did a really good job. I can't wait to read the next book.