The cover had me assuming this would be a historical romance, but I was surprised that it was a futuristic romance. I believe it is more of a young adult genre. Ended up loving the book and getting the whole series!
The first chapter or so was hard to get through. After that the story was fun enough. The reasons for it being so hard had to do with one of her love interests, the first one she has, as the romance between them are completely cringe worthy, and there is nothing about the guy to like or to connect with. Her romance with the prince is not bad though. The other thing that sends me cringing is the main characters name. Anytime one of the characters says something like "I love you America Singer." I just want to put the book down right then and walk away. A little too cheesy for my taste. It probably didn't help that I did not particularly like the voice of the woman reading. The main character herself is likeable, as is the story. I haven't decided if I will read the next one or not.
The series is like a combination of The Bachelor and Hunger Games, but it definitely only has the depth of the former. The characters are shallow and repeatedly make stupid decisions for no particular reason. And yet... and yet I can't stop reading this series. It's a little like how I felt reading Twilight, another series which I read in its entirety while never quite liking it.
The narration is not terrible, but is very flat and mechanical and makes the characters seem even less vivid than they already do.
I loved this story... I am going to be moving right on to book two. The narrator bugged me a lot at the beginning but turned out to be okay by the end. She tended to sound computer created at times. Her sentences were robotic but by the end of the book I was so into the story it didn't bother me.
It was very hard to finish it cause America was so frustrating at times. The prince was sweet and Aspen was okay too. I wanted to swing Celeste across a room and I still don't understand why she is still a part of the Selection.
The Narrator could have put more life into her reading though.
Really liked this book and for some reason (my own fault) I failed to realize this was one of those book 123 deals where the book doesn't seem to end so much as just stop and train wreck at s climactic point.
But if you like purchasing several books to listen to a story then know that this one is a pretty good story line where you root for first one romantic love and then fall for the other not sure which is right or wrong or the real love.