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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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    Angela Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 07-19-13
    Angela Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 07-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Not Good"
    Any additional comments?

    This book was so bad it makes The Hunger Games seem like it should have won the Pulitzer.

    The entire dialogue can be summed up as:

    "You're beautiful/smart/mysterious/talented/amazing, America"
    "No I'm not!"
    "Yes you are!"

    If you like wit or character development and don't love cringe worthy dialogue, I would skip this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michey Las Vegas 06-03-13
    Michey Las Vegas 06-03-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Hunger Games meets Next Top Model"
    What did you love best about The Selection?

    I like how this concept could be really silly or dumb or shallow, but it doesn't seem to be heading that way.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Maxin is actually decent. That's so excellent. And America is a genuinely good person. Usually that can be boring, but it was such a relief to see actual, decent, kind people.


    What about Amy Rubinate’s performance did you like?

    It was different. The timbre of her voice was so unusual. The first chapter or two, I thought it was bland and unemotional, but it grew on me and I couldn't image anyone else narrating it.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Oh I have no idea. This was a failed TV show anyways.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish the TV show hadn't failed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Zoey Redfield, Iowa, United States 06-01-13
    Zoey Redfield, Iowa, United States 06-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Couldn't stop listening!"
    If you could sum up The Selection in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, Infuriating, Spectacular.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way I pulled so hard for one boy and the author never completely gave me what I wanted. It was infuriating and I HAD to keep listening to know what happened!


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

    Anything Maxon said to America really got me. It seemed like he was only himself around her. That kind of relationship is perfect in books.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sheena 09-22-12
    Sheena 09-22-12
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    "Interesting"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I enjoyed the story.


    What didn’t you like about Amy Rubinate’s performance?

    The voice was flat and she had strange and distracting phrasing and prosody.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Becky M 08-22-12
    Becky M 08-22-12
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    "A Surprisingly Great Dystopian Cinderella Story!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Most Definitely! It was a great story with a wonderfully strong heroine and two very different love interests vying for her hand! I was very surprised at the easy and almost careless flow of the story. Although I can't see this actually happening in the future (going back to the caste system), I really loved the world she created!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's hard not to choose the main character, America Singer as the favorite character. She is the one with the most depth and strength of will and mind. However, I really liked Prince Maxon, as well! At first I thought he appeared weak and ineffectual as a secondary love interest, but after reading the book twice, I found him to be sweet and caring. This does not make him weak when comparing him to Aspen who has been toughened by his life as a Six.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was at the end where America kisses Prince Maxon and tells him there is a chance they could become something more, and then Aspen sneaks in her room and she refuses his offer of love. It felt good to see her turn the tables on him!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tarrengit Michigan 07-20-12
    Tarrengit Michigan 07-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting"
    How could the performance have been better?

    It was so stuff, I really didn't want to continue listening to this book, I hated the narrators voice it seemed like she was running on zero sleep, I really wished I would have bought the book to read it instead, but I pushed through it. All of the men sounded pretty much the same, I hated America's voice, she seemed to have no feelings at all. Sounded very like a robot.


    Any additional comments?

    Good story, but the narrator needed to bring more life to the main character America. I will still buy the next book to see what happens next.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nina SANTA FE, NM, United States 05-06-12
    Nina SANTA FE, NM, United States 05-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "WTF? Major Cliffhanger"

    I was totally enjoying the guilty pleasure that is the book when it ended very abruptly. You don't know who she picks at the end, and I am really hoping it is one of them, but I think she is going to choose the other. It is part of a trilogy, but man oh man, I sure wish I had realized that the other two books are not out yet before downloading this one. Romantic, adventurous and if you don't think Celeste (a relatively minor, but important character) is completely despicable as the "mean girl," there is something wrong with you.

    Worst part was the narrator. Very robotic. I don't think it was this particular performance, I think it is just her voice. You'll get used to it, but it definitely made the book less exciting than it would have been with a more typical sounding voice.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret Santa Rosa, California, United States 07-04-12
    Margaret Santa Rosa, California, United States 07-04-12
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    "Preposterous yet dull"

    I was one of those who got sucked in by the premise and the cover. As I got into it a little I could see this was a giant FAIL but thought there might at least be some laughs to be had. Sadly, no.

    After I gave up and deleted this nonsense from my Kindle I decided to check the reviews, as I should have done in the first place. And, as always, THEY were a joy. I think I laughed enough to make my purchase of the book almost worth it. Almost.

    Check out the other 1-star reviews for plenty of reasons not to waste your time and money. If you like the idea, get PRINCESS ACADEMY by Shannon Hale. The cover isn't luscious, but there is that silver Newbery award medal to catch your eye. Don't be fooled though: the book is a prizewinner for sure, but it's not just for a young adult audience. Out of all its 5-star reviews (I don't think it scored even one lower) plenty of adults loved it too.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Toronto, Ontario, Canada 07-11-12
    Amazon Customer Toronto, Ontario, Canada 07-11-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Terrible narration"

    The story itself is serviceable, but two-dimensional. The editor should've have demanded another rewrite - would have made it a better book. Still, would be an OK romp as a read if not for the narrator. Absolutely terrible - every sentence is pronounced in the same rhythm. It's mechanical and distracting. I lasted about 1.5 hours and then gave up. Too bad - wouldn't have minded seeing where the story went, but couldn't abide the narrator.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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