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
Yes, I was drawn in from beginning to end
not sure, I want to say hunger games without the violence
America, she is the main character and the story is surrounded around her.
When America walks past her lost love in the palace
Can't wait for book two!
Absolutely recommend! It is a fantastic read!!
More like what was my favorite character! I love the way the author was able to capture the love America felt for Aspen, along with the betrayal, abandonment and confusion most people experience when in love for the first time ever. I love the hesitation to jump back into what's known due to the pull of the unknown, maybe a new love?
I did not want to stop listening! I was crushed when I heard the words "end of book one"! I went straight on to audibles website, only to find that book 2 and 3 are not yet available! I was at the salon and said out loud "WHAT"!!!!!!! Everyone looked over at me and I had to explain I had just experienced the biggest cliffhanger without any resolve!!! When is the next book coming out???? PLEASE!!
Please, please, please, release the next one, SOON!!! Please!!!
Near the top.
She does an excellent job with them all, but I especially loved America.
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.
Look upward and see the wonders I've seen
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??
Let me read the second one and then I will tell you.
I thought the narrator did a good job.
This book kept coming up on Audible recommendation lists. Finally, after it appeared on the repeat listen list, I put aside my misgivings and bought it. What an utterly ridiculous book! Teenage version of The Bachelor with a smattering of political intrigue. But the worst part is in several hours of listening, nothing happens! Oh sure, you have the stereotypical female fighting over a man, and some rebels fighting, although you never find out why, but other than winnowing the contestants down to the final six, nothing much changes from start to finish. Utter claptrap!
It depends on the friend, honestly, as a 30 year old woman, I'm a bit ashamed I loved this book. But I did. So I am more than happy to tell people I loved it - but I have no idea if they would or not.
The main character is spunky. She's awesome.
It made me mad that the next book isn't coming out until 2013. Honestly - another person reviewed this, and said wait to get it until the next book came out - which sold me on getting the book. Should have listened to her. I can't believe I have to wait a year to figure out what happens - and since it's a trilogy - probably TWO years to know the end.
Can't wait to see if A. the TV show is picked up, and B. If they can roll the next two books out any faster... :)
I've recently begun to love audiobooks...but this narrator is HORRIBLE! She reads so flat that it's hard to even hear the words...
The reader is unlike any reader I've heard before, her voice sounds more similar to something ready by a computer. The story line is very similar to the bachelor. Multiple girls fighting for a man to love them, then add in 'casts' which are like districts in The Hunger Games I will not be finishing this series.
I would recommend this book to everyone!
I do really like this book
Love this book
It started me off and pushed me into the reading world and it will forever and always be my favorite book series not matter how many books I read (I've read A LOT since then)
Good story line, dragged a bit in places and was somewhat predictable but overall it was cute. Even though I know the outcome of the story I'd still like to see how it plays out.
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