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The Selection: The Selection Trilogy, Book 1 | [Kiera Cass]

The Selection: The Selection Trilogy, Book 1

For 35 girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime: the opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth... to be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels... to live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her, and leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want.
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Publisher's Summary

For 35 girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime: the opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth... to be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels... to live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her, leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want, and living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself - and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

©2012 Kiera Cass (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    Alan Walker 04-12-15
    Alan Walker 04-12-15 Member Since 2010
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    "BEST SERIES EVER"

    this is without a doubt, hands down, the best series I have ever read. every single thing about it is just absolutely amazing! I highly recommended reading this if you have not!!

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    Yolanda 04-11-15
    Yolanda 04-11-15

    I am a teacher. I have always been an auditory learner. I love to read/listen and create scenes and characters in my mind; my very own movie

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    "Unsure at first"

    At first I didn't think I was going to like it. The reader seemed to have a robotic voice but I continued reading / listening. As the story became more interesting to me, the readers voice sounded less and less robotic. After a while the readers voice wasn't a factor. I was untreated by the story. I wanted to know more. There are some predictable parts of the story but it is very well written. It kept me wanting to know more. Well done!

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    Anoushka 04-03-15
    Anoushka 04-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Love triangle 😤"

    I love the story and I love the plot. I do not like the love triangle its overly done and is not necessary.

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    Thomas Aaron Vansant 04-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Engaging story perfect for romantics"

    I was very engaged and felt real emotion for America. I was remarkably frustrated with her, excited for her, and angry with her throughout. The story is also delightfully romantic without getting too mushy or uncomfortable. The romance feels very real despite the fantasy setting. The performance wasn't quite what I've come to expect from Audible performers, simply because the character's voices didn't seem very distinct, but it was still easy to follow, and didn't keep me from engaging in the story.

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    Kaitlin 03-30-15
    Kaitlin 03-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Horrible Narrator"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It needs a different narrator. This narrator is terrible. She speaks in a monotone the whole time. I couldn't get past the first 5 minutes.


    Any additional comments?

    Please find a new narrator. I think I would love this book if I could just bear to listen to it. I guess I'll have to read it in print.

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    lt 03-27-15
    lt 03-27-15 Member Since 2013
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    Story was good and nice change that protagonist wasn't constantly making dumb decisions, but actually put some thought into her actions. Fairly clean book, definitely in the YA genre.

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    Matthew Erler 03-24-15
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    "Fun Listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audio book to people who like coming of age love stories. It has an interesting story and I liked the main character. The performance of the reader could have been a little better, but her voice was pleasant to listen to. I am eager to listen to the next book in the series. America is a character that is easily likeable. I also liked that the main character was more feminine than characters like Katniss in Hunger Games and Tris in Divergent. I love those stories too, but it was kind of fun reading a book about a strong, main female character that is not physically aggressive. She is a more realistic character because most women aren't going to be shooting a bow and arrow or getting into a physical fight. I like that America's strength was in her personality. She is a likeable character. I also liked Maxin and Aspin. I wonder where the relationships with both men will go. Great listen. Glad I found it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked America as a character and thought she was optimistic. She didn't spend hardly any time moping about her situation. She made the best of her circumstances and was an interesting lead character.


    Which character – as performed by Amy Rubinate – was your favorite?

    I liked how she presented America. Her voice was well done. The other voices could have been better, but I liked the overall quality of the reading.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I found the scene where America makes Aspin a meal with the extra money she makes an intriguing scene. In that scene Aspin chooses pride over America's generosity. America understood that no matter what she'd love Aspin, but he was so caught up in materialism that he couldn't see all America really wanted was him.


    Any additional comments?

    Fun book to listen to on my long drives too and from college.

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    Melinda 03-18-15
    Melinda 03-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Charming"

    This book is much like the Hunger Games, mixed with The Bachelor, and a dash of Cinderella. Wonderful must read!

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    Francois 03-13-15
    Francois 03-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Swept away by Prince Maxon!"

    Didn't think the book would be this good but it's like juicy gossip you just want to know more and more.

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    undrwo 03-12-15
    undrwo 03-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "peculiar lovechild of hunger games & the bachelor"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No, because I would be mortified that I have read it. This is firmly on the guilty pleasures list.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Pure contentedness.


    What about Amy Rubinate’s performance did you like?

    A nice, crisp, clear pace, evocative of emotion without being over dramatic or grating to listen to.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Neither, it was pretty middle of the line.


    Any additional comments?

    A lovely, bubble-gummy, indulgent lovestory, the very best things about YA fiction.

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