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
Nothing happened in this book. Nothing. With the exception of a couple of "raids" by the mysterious rebels (actually mysterious as there was zero backstory to who they are or what they were rebelling for) this was like listening to an angsty teenage version of the bachelor. I found the main character to be so cringeworthy I barely made it to the end of the book. Showering herself with thinly veiled compliments and comparing herself to the other stereotypical women in the "competition" set my teeth on edge and almost made me quit the book multiple times. But hey, I spent $5 on it on sale I figured I'd see it through to the end to see if anything noteworthy or exciting happened. I was sorely disappointed. I get that it's a multi-book story but I wouldn't subject myself to another 7 hours of listening time to see if it evolves into anything more than this drivel. Sorry Kiera Cass, but all of my thumbs down.
Honesty? Too predictable, boring and flat, characters without depth or true conflict. I realize the target audience are teens, but still... The author could write as if they had brains which they do and don't use at all. Just another girl needing to be rescued. When will we see strong and realistic female characters?
This concept is so over-played. I listened to the book based on other reviews and the editors picks but should have known better. It started interestingly like the hunger games and quickly became an episode of the bachelor. I love some YA but this book has no depth and I was just bored by the end.
The series is like a combination of The Bachelor and Hunger Games, but it definitely only has the depth of the former. The characters are shallow and repeatedly make stupid decisions for no particular reason. And yet... and yet I can't stop reading this series. It's a little like how I felt reading Twilight, another series which I read in its entirety while never quite liking it.
The narration is not terrible, but is very flat and mechanical and makes the characters seem even less vivid than they already do.
I really liked the main character and her transformation throughout the book.
My favorite moment was when she told her friend to buck up and act like a queen during the first rebel attack.
Not really, it was more interesting to listen to but did not draw on anything deep, frustration a few times but that was more of towards the characters
I agree with fellow reviewers in that the book ended poorly, honestly it cut off so quick that I waiting a few seconds after Amy said, "End of Book 1" assuming the book would have 2 parts and it was just the end of part one actually. It seemed an odd time to end the first book because while the book was interesting it didn't end on a high climax but seemed to be building up to something then fell short by ending the book.
I would most definitely recommend this book to another person. It is fun, exciting, and kept me on the edge my seat. I cannot wait for the next book in this series to be released.
I don't want to give anything away, but there was a moment, right as the main character was finally falling for the Prince, when an inconvenient character appears and causes a complete twist in the plot line. This appearence happens suddenly, and the effects complicate the main characters life inextricably.
I have to say, i quite enjoyed the prince. Innitially, while the character is stiff in personallity, the narrator made the Prince's speech haulting. He sounded much like you would think he well-bred, privileged, and slightly stuck up individual to sound. Later, as the character became less formal, so did his speech and the way the narrator pronounced it.
"the prince's best hope, is a girl who can't make up her mind."
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.
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