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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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    Tabitha WV, United States 07-21-12
    Tabitha WV, United States 07-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Smart Characters, and"
    Where does The Selection rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top.


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

    She does an excellent job with them all, but I especially loved America.


    Any additional comments?

    I downloaded this book because of the cover. (I didn't even know what the book was about when I bought it.) I'm so glad I did: I loved it!

    A word of warning, it does cut off very suddenly, but I thought it was a great start to a series! It felt basically like a mixture of Hunger Games and the Bachelor. (More towards the Bachelor end, though) It was a lighter read, but it seems like it might become more deep and intriguing in the sequels.

    There were parts where I just couldn't stop smiling. The chemistry between America and Maxon was so good. They're one of my new favorite fictional couples. I liked Aspen too, but I loved Maxon!!!

    I really can't wait to read the next book.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Unchartered Territories 06-22-12
    Amazon Customer Unchartered Territories 06-22-12 Member Since 2009

    Look upward and see the wonders I've seen

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    "Not bad"
    Would you try another book from Kiera Cass and/or Amy Rubinate?

    I may read the second book in this trilogy. The story wasn't bad, but it was definately based on the Hunger Games, but instead of children fighting to the death, it's 35 women trying to win one man. I expected to hate this book but found it amusing and entertaining. The names were inane America Singer?? And she happens to he a singer??


    Would you recommend The Selection to your friends? Why or why not?

    Let me read the second one and then I will tell you.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I thought the narrator did a good job.


    Did The Selection inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Megan 06-18-12
    Megan 06-18-12
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    "Among YA dystopian fiction, this is at the bottom"
    What would have made The Selection better?

    The main character is annoying, the plot is incredibly predictable and offers nothing new. YA dystopian fiction is my favorite guilty pleasure of the moment so I've listened to/read a TON of them, and this is one of the worst. The plot draws heavily from other books- many of the minor characters are carbon copies of characters in other books (Hunger Games to name one). The author tries to portray the main character as above shallow things such as beauty, but Ms. Cass spends so much time doing this that it ends up emphasizing their importance.


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

    No, but I thought she did a good job.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Selection?

    Remove the 'dear'- I know the author is trying to make the prince seem formal but its just awkward.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read a lot of books written around less interesting ideas, but enjoyed them much more than this one because of the quality of writing/character development, etc. It could have been a cool idea, but it was very poorly executed.

    14 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Frances Whittier, CA, United States 05-26-14
    Frances Whittier, CA, United States 05-26-14 Member Since 2012

    It's all about romance in my library! I have a wonderful husband, children and my grandchildren they are my rock.

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    "Loved it!!!"
    Would you listen to The Selection again? Why?

    Yes! It was very entertaining.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved America's character, she was very out spoken and fought what she believed in.


    What about Amy Rubinate’s performance did you like?

    Amy did an amazing job in changing her voice to each character.


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

    No, I would keep it as is. This book would be a perfect move!!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    AudioAddict 06-22-13
    AudioAddict 06-22-13

    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!

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    "Great chick lit for the young at heart"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laurette Red Deer, AB, Canada 01-28-13
    Laurette Red Deer, AB, Canada 01-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Very fun teen romance"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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!


    What three words best describe Amy Rubinate’s performance?

    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.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Evangheline North Carolina 11-09-12
    Evangheline North Carolina 11-09-12 Member Since 2012
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    "charming"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    James 12-21-14
    James 12-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Captivating"
    Where does The Selection rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 20. I love America & Maxon's relationship. The moment they meet lacks all pretense & decorum which makes it authentic & more interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All of it.


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

    Just the other books in this series. She is excellent.


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

    Both.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry Lakeland, FL, United States 12-20-14
    Sherry Lakeland, FL, United States 12-20-14 Member Since 2012
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    "cute but predictably boring"

    since I'm bored driving though I will listen to book 2-3 because its an easy listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel 11-09-14
    Rachel 11-09-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Good book! Narrator not so good!"
    Would you listen to The Selection again? Why?

    The only reason I would not listen to The Selection again is because of the narrator. Her voice is monotone, breathy and lacks the ability to display much emotion.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Again, her voice was monotone, breathy and lacked the ability to display emotion.


    Any additional comments?

    I am looking forward to reading (not listening to) the last two books of this trilogy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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