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
Not going to lie... I truly almost gave up on this book. it was very hard to get into, I almost hit return. but I'm glad I didn't. I bought this whole series before actually listening just because it was on sale. but after finishing this one I am definitely hooked it just took a while to get there. so if you aren't quite sure about this 9ne.. just hold out a little bit longer.. it may grab your attention at the least expected moment. I finished this book in less than 24 hours and glad I kept on
Fond of dystopian societies and romance? This is a good blend of the two with just a bit of action/excitement thrown in. There are some parts that are obvious (hello, there's no series if she gets sent home), but there are a few nice surprises tucked in with America's spunky, genuine personality.
I wasn't quite sure how much I would like the audiobook version, but I'm really glad I decided to take a chance on it. Kiera Cass has a wonderful series here and, though I've read it before, it's enjoyable enough to read again - and enough that the audiobook was worth it. Amy Rubinate's performance was great. The performance was enough that I could really visualize what was going on, but I didn't get the feeling that she was overacting. There are some narrators that you can't wait to be done with, but Amy's performance was soothing and engaging all at once.
I usually don't read that much books and usually it takes me like 1-2 months to finished 1 book but this book I finished in Only 11 days!!! ITS WAS SO CUTE, ROMANTIC, SWEET! I LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT IT❤️❤️
This is typically not my genre (i'm more into non fiction) but I wanted a light listen and this was throughly entertaining. The only glitch is I HATED the readers voice, she sounded like a robot - definitely the worst narrator voice i've experienced on audible.
Narration: It got better, but at first the narration was too robotic. None of the voices were irritating however, and that is always a bonus. Sometimes the narration of the opposite gender is not very good, but she did just fine.
Story: It's not a super original concept, but I do have to say, I have no idea if she's going to pick the prince or her original person. It is well hidden and unpredictable, at least in my experience. I have a guess and a hope as to who she might go for, but it's really hard to say.
Characters: well done, though you can tell it's written by a girl. The guys are kind of feely, but it's not painful to read or anything. They are still realistic. I like America and the other girls.
Writing quality: very little description and scene changes are fast paced and occasionally jarring, but it might have been boring if t had been any slower. The author did not waste any time with frivolous descriptions of unimportant things, and in fact, she didn't describe much of anything at all unless you need to know it. I don't have much of a picture of the palace or anything, but the characters that are important I can see well enough in my mind's eye.
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