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.
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 can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY - If you take components of both The Bachelor and Cinderella, you've got the formula for The Selection. It is probably considered a YA book and I probably bought it on sale without realizing that fact, but I'm glad I did. The main character, America, is a smart girl who thinks and acts like the teenager she is. Some of the things she does are -- well, they're dumb. Some parts of the plot are predictable but, nevertheless, it is highly enjoyable chick lit! The end leaves a lot undecided, so you will want to hear the whole trilogy.
NARRATION - The reader has somewhat of a monotonous tone and cadence. It was a distraction for about the first 15 minutes or so, but then I didn't notice it at all.
OVERALL - Females who are young or young at heart will really like this 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
Narrator Amy Rubinate has a style that ruins the book for me. I'd suggest listening closely to the sample to decide if it will bother you.
Instead of a natural speaking style, Rubinate falls into a narration pattern that stresses vowels too much, most especially on words at the end of sentences. You get something like this:
"When we got the letter in the pOOst, my mOOther was ecstAAtic. She had already decided that all our problems were sOOlved, gone forEEver."
Rubinate's narration pattern is worse in some areas than in others, but is strong enough to suck the meaning out of the writing and destroy the characters.
The over-stressed vowels are like speed bumps, bouncing the mind out of the narrative. Instead of flowing prose revealing the characters' thoughts and motivations, the over-stressed vowels stop the flow. When so many words are stressed, the sentences lose their meaning.