Jamie @ Books and Ladders
Depicted to me as "The Hunger Games" meets "The Bachelor," I was really excited to read this one. I mean come on, 35 girls fighting to the death over the love of one guy? Yes please. And I heard so many good things and this is like everyone's favourite series of all time, so I thought I would give it a chance. Boy was I disappointed.
I feel like a lot of the problem stemmed from the fact that I wanted to like America, I just literally could not stand her. I think part of it was her name because when Aspen said "Mer" I was like "Murica" in my head and started laughing. Every time she would say she "still loved Aspen" or think about how awesome Maxon was, I would roll my eyes. They were both literally the most boring people in the world. Not that any of the characters were any better, they were all literally blank slates with one or two "interesting" qualities to make them "stand out" from the competition.
Marlie was so interesting and then became so boring. Having a secret does not make someone interesting if they don't ever share that secret with you. Especially after a couple weeks of waiting and wondering. It just made me annoyed that this secret wasn't being shared. The other girls were so boring and I think it is stupid af that he kept Celeste or
The info-dump of the history of the land in the middle of the book was a wtf moment for me. Especially since America didn't know it all and was like "why don't we write history down anymore when I still have an old US History textbook at home." Like k girl. And the rebels were just ridiculous. They were supposed to be threatening and everything should feel tense and on the brink of war, but I just felt like they were reasons to get everyone into the same room and then kick people off the island at the end to make it more of an intense scenario.
Also. WTF with the virginity thing? Like why is it a law that they have to be virgins until marriage. That is actually ridiculous. And the fact that men can marry down castes and keep their number but women can't???? That itself almost made me stop reading to the book because wtf. Like I was fuming with that. Why is that the only world building we got??
I feel like instead of being "friends" with Maxon, I wanted America to fill him in on gossip about the girls to help him make his choice. She should have been looking for things that made each girl someone he would want to marry/love/whatever instead of being his "friend". Which, ps, she was not a very good friend. Yeah, they talked and yeah, he could "trust" her, but they didn't really talk about him when they wer together, just her and her issues. What a shitty friend.
Overall: Maybe a 2.5, but for sure a 2/5 on this one for me. I just did not enjoy it. I thought it would at least have one or two petty cat fights and more interesting characters instead of just making me want to vomit every time they kept complimenting one another and saying "well if *I* don't win, YOU should" puh-lease.
After reading so many good reviews, I was pretty excited to listen to a fun romance novel. I had the expectation that it wouldn't be a great work of literature and I was okay with that. The characters and story are so blasé though that I had to start playing the dialogue/plot line prediction game to keep myself even remotely invested, a game which I won most of the time and I'm not even good at that game.
To top it off, the narrator managed to use the most fake voices (sickly sweet, etc.) that she made all of the books shortcomings even more apparent.
Just trying to find my next great read
The narrator was awful. She sounded like VOICE TO TEXT if you have a Kindle Fire you know what I am talking about. It sounded like Siri if you have an iPhone. No emotion. I could have just bought the book and listen to it on my Kindle Fire with Voice to Text. She did Prince Max's voice fine, but not enough to want me to listen to anything else the narrator has read.
No. I regret buying the entire series. I love dystopian fiction, I love a good love triangle, and I love The Bachelor, so I thought this will be a winner for me. WRONG!!! This one just got me in a bad mood. America first was "pushing" certain girls toward Max. She is the one that pushed the whole "we will be friends and I will help you get through this selection." Then it was her whole "why did you kiss her??" That was so predictable. I did not hate America, just some of her behavior and attitude annoyed me. I can already tell Book 2 will annoy me more, I can predict what the entire game. I wish I could return the remaining 2 books I bought in advance. I bought them last month and now it is too late for me to return. Lesson learned...never buy the entire series. Buy one at a time and when you are ready to listen to them. This was not worth my credit.
I can clearly see why this setting and the story of being chosen by a prince fascinates young girls. But the writing is dull, the world in which events take place undeveloped, the characters are stereotyped and the whole tale is not even finished in this book! The reader sounds a bit like a robot, despite her best efforts. All in all, it could have been a lovely fairy tale experience, if it was written a bit deeper. It's interesting, how little it takes to man a book a bestseller... So much for people squishing their brains, trying to create something smart, meaningful, and original.
32 years old and still addicted to happy endings!
The book starts slow (as most YA novels do) but picks up when she is actually selected. Maxon has impressed me with his gentlemanly nature, and America (for most of the book) impressed me with her honesty to herself and her desire to move forward rather than regret the past. She doesn't seem to disillusion herself either. VERY centered on the girls and all their feelings towards Maxon, but there is some political and state action too. Of course, it wouldn't be a book without drama (love triangle drama). I am getting the sequel because I am interested in seeing what happens, not because I am captivated by characters or enthralled with the story....mearly curious :)
I'm a grad student with very little time to edit reviews because I'm editing research papers. Forgive the typos. They're made with love.
Possibly. It's a light read but intriguing enough to listen to again in a "I'm busy with things and would like to listen to something as I do ____" kind of way. I think young reader will love this. But be warned - there is no ending so if you listen to this one, you have to listen to the others.
I liked the idea of this story - It's like the Bachelor but in a futuristic royal kind of way. I've read some reviews that compare it to the Hunger Games. This is not true. I went in thinking that all the contestants were going to have to kill each other to be the princess and that's just not the case.
Mmmm... the performance is not the best. Rubinate does okay, but she's rather monotone in her reading. Why is it the monotone readers who do well with male voices? I guess that's a kind of trade.
I'm curious about the triangle that Cass is setting up. You expect a love triangle but it makes you feel bad for the guy who is getting the short end of the stick.
Go ahead and buy all of them - this is one big book cut in 3.
It's all about romance in my library! I have a wonderful husband, children and my grandchildren they are my rock.
Yes! It was very entertaining.
I loved America's character, she was very out spoken and fought what she believed in.
Amy did an amazing job in changing her voice to each character.
No, I would keep it as is. This book would be a perfect move!!
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.