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
This is a great easy-listen book- think the royal palace has a version of The Bachelor. The cover made me doubt that this was the book for me, but I ended up finishing it in less than a week. My least favorite part was the reader's breathy voice. Otherwise good book! Will be buying the second.
This book turned out to be much more interesting than I'd expected. It was a little slow in some places but all in all it was worth it. Cass' ability to create so many characters (a majority being female, at that) was very refreshing. No one was too similar to the next and each character captured you differently. I wished at points that America had been a little less wishy-washy about her feelings but again, all in all it was worth it. I very much look forward to the next!
This book consumed me! I absolutely would recommend it to anyone who loves romance and an interesting story. It of course has more then just romance, which keeps the story flowing well and makes it more interesting. I read all four books back to back and seriously was consumed! I’ve heard a lot of people describing it as the Bachelor and Hunger Games combined and yes that’s true in a lot of ways but it is also much more then that.
It was so sweet and the way Kiera writes is just captivating. There were a lot of times where you want something to happen and it will but it takes a little bit of time which is agonizing to wait but it's worth the wait!
I loved all of the characters at the beginning you immediately fall in love with America and Aspen! I thought I was going to hate the prince but i didn't; it is a true love triangle and you feel all of the pain and confusion as a reader! In the end America is my favorite but I think that’s because you read it from her perspective and as a reader you put yourself in her shoes; she and I are quite similar as well. Other then that the Prince is my favorite he is so dynamic and at times infuriating! You think you know everything about him from the beginning but just wait he'll surprise you.
YES, YES, YES!! I read all three books back-to-back and only stopped to sleep!
Like I'm sure you have already figured out I love the book! It was impossible to put down and is worth every penny!
I regularly read YA fiction, just to see what interests teen readers these days. So when I saw that this was a New York Times Bestseller, and saw what I imagined to be a strong young woman on the cover, I decided to give it a credit. Amazing, and NOT in a good way. Similar to the "Hunger Games" series, this dystopian future was pretty gruesome. With apparently not enough decent work or even food to go around, the masses of people are placated by the equivalent of the Roman Era's "bread and circuses", but without the bread. The Selection depicts a future with almost no technological advances (nobody seems to have a cell phone or a computer): a caste-like system that compares unfavorably with slavery; and representative government has been abolished in favor of an absolute monarchy. Perhaps most amazing of all, most young women's fondest dream for their future is to marry a prince in this nightmare of a country. This is so retrograde it's more depressing than the future depicted in the Hunger Games series. Hard to believe young women in the 21st Century lined up for this one. The narration of Amy Rubinate is wonderful, though the material is pretty bad. Overall, it's pretty sad.
very easy listen. took some time to appreciate the reader's voice. your typical love story but was enjoyable. the writer helps you Identify with the characters in a short amount of time
could not put it down. love america, love the narrator. read it you will not regret it. its like Hunger Games + Bachelorette + Cinderella = the selection. its a weird combo and it works.
A interesting story but very much written for the teen crowd. I like the concept of the US future dealing with its debt with China and what may happen with future political economic situations. But the author feels the need to create a love triangle is all too often boring. I gave it before for the originality of the story itself but I wish you would focus on more of what it really means to live in this time rather than the need to create a love fantasy.
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