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
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.
I know this is a series but it felt luke it ended out of no where and not as much had been wrapped up as i hoped. overall i enjoyed it though
the different voices were very good. the story held my attention. can't believe it end when it did. Made me feel like the story was just getting exciting, so make sure u have the 2nd book ready before u start the first.
This book is very simple in its delivery and context . It did a good job of delivering an engaging story with some subtle darker elements. The romantic passion was both adorable and at times spicy :) the story is obviously for young girls, but I think an adult who enjoys being in love like a teenager :p would not be disappointed.
I'm curious to see where the author takes the next book.
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