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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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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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    Andrew Linden, CA, United States 09-05-12
    Andrew Linden, CA, United States 09-05-12

    Parks Horseshoeing

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    "A Refreshing Book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if they want a kinda love story book.


    What other book might you compare The Selection to and why?

    This book is most like Matched & Delirium.


    Have you listened to any of Amy Rubinate’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but she did a great job!


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

    This book made me laugh at times.


    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't expecting a love story so much and I never watched the show the bachelor or bachelorette, but this book kinda had that atmosphere. All and all I found this book refreshing and kind of funny at times.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christina Washington, DC, United States 09-02-12
    Christina Washington, DC, United States 09-02-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Read!"
    If you could sum up The Selection in three words, what would they be?

    A Cinderella story with a twist. Looking forward to reading the rest.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Selection?

    Too many to list. Wouldn't want to give anything away.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela 08-27-12
    Pamela 08-27-12 Member Since 2011

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Sing America!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This book did not seems to progress in much of a significant way, most of the story is in the main character's head. America Singer vaccilates between confused teen and responsible mothering girl with character. This story could have been so much more fun and expanded upon. What do these girls do all day, sit and wait for the Prince. Gosh, I really do not think many of them would last with the level of boredom.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I thought Amy Rubinate was wonderful, so I am going to listen to something she has performed.


    Have you listened to any of Amy Rubinate’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to other performances from Amy Rubinate, but I am going to do so.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Natalia Arecibo, Puerto Rico 08-23-12
    Natalia Arecibo, Puerto Rico 08-23-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Can't wait for the next part"

    This book is excellent!!!! Is a great mix between the bachelor and hunger games. Can't wait for the next book to come out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melanie Cass Lake, MN, United States 08-20-12
    Melanie Cass Lake, MN, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2012

    mongoliamel

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    "Love the concept, but the ending fell flat."
    Would you listen to The Selection again? Why?

    No, but I like the idea of the story enough that I will probably read the sequel.


    Any additional comments?

    I can already hear the objectors screaming at the idea of a young girl who starts out independent and strong falling prey to a system that objectifies women, but Kiera Cass does an excellent job of taking us into the process and seeing how easy it is for girls to get caught up in the idea of being a princess, wearing lovely clothes, being chosen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anjuli R. Donlan Brisbane, QLD Australia 08-17-12
    Anjuli R. Donlan Brisbane, QLD Australia 08-17-12

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    "Draws You In..."
    What made the experience of listening to The Selection the most enjoyable?

    The reader's performance certainly made this audiobook one of the best I've listened to. It took me awhile to get used to her voice. I thought she handled the tone changes for the men pretty well, all things considered.


    What other book might you compare The Selection to and why?

    I've noticed that this book is often compared to the Hunger Games, and don't really understand why. There are some vague similarities, what with a caste system in place, and the lower classes strong dislike for the royal family and The Selection itself, but that's about it.


    What about Amy Rubinate’s performance did you like?

    She definitely knows how to use her voice, how to draw you into the story by the way she reads the characters out loud. I can't really put my finger on it, but I certainly think that she did a fantastic job - the book was all the more enjoyable for her reading it, I think.


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

    It made me facepalm a lot. Mostly in a 'I-can't-believe-you-just-did-that' sort of way. The main character, America Singer, has quite a few moments in the book that are just horribly humiliating or embarrassing. But in a charming way.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the sequel!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kate Idaho 08-07-12
    Kate Idaho 08-07-12
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    "Romance Disguised as Dystopian, But Still Good"
    What did you love best about The Selection?

    I thought the story was well written and the main character had a reasonable amount of depth. While the book didn't really get into a lot about the dystopian world that it took place in, it was still a great read and I expect the later books in the series to address more of those issues.


    Any additional comments?

    As a bit of warning, it does leave pretty much everything as a cliff hanger at the end. This is not the sort of ending where most of the ends of tied up with a couple remaining to take you into the next book in the series. This books feels more like "Part 1" instead of "Book 1."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brooke United States 08-02-12
    Brooke United States 08-02-12 Member Since 2015

    Just a book fool.

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    "Pretty & Fun But Not Much Else."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would if they were looking for something shallow and full of plot holes that they could finish in a night. It was fun and mostly entertaining but lacking any real depth.


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

    It could have been worse.


    Any additional comments?

    I really HATE love triangles and without the one present in this book I would have enjoyed it A LOT more.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Genia Hewitt, TX, United States 07-22-12
    Genia Hewitt, TX, United States 07-22-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Eagerly Lloking Forward to the Next Installment!"

    This is a great teen fiction, and I highly recommend it. I plan on recommending it to all my students, and I'm looking forward to the next installment in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ripp4PLS PA, USA 07-20-12
    Ripp4PLS PA, USA 07-20-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Surprisingly sweet!"
    What other book might you compare The Selection to and why?

    If you like the Hunger Games without the gore and a dash of the Bachelor, then this is for you. I was surprised I want to read more.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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