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The Selection: The Selection Trilogy, Book 1 | [Kiera Cass]

The Selection: The Selection Trilogy, Book 1

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, and leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want.
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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

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    Shannon Cincinnati, OH, United States 04-27-12
    Shannon Cincinnati, OH, United States 04-27-12 Member Since 2012

    I am an adult who loves a good YA read---but really I just love an engrossing story. If it pulls me in and I can't stop reading-I'm happy!

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    "You might want to wait... if you hate cliffhangers"

    I clicked on an ad—that said Hunger Games + Cinderella + The Bachelor = The Selection and totally impulse bought this audio book. I admit it, I was taken by the ad and the cover. Beautiful.

    I don’t want to give away too much, but I found the main character to be charming and endearing in a “no, no… please don’t do that… oh you really did it now” kind of way. I really liked her family… in particular her youngest brother. I also felt like her relationship with her Mom really rang true for me. There were moments that made me cringe thinking about the trouble America got herself into through her impetuous responses. I am completely rooting for her—and have already picked which guy I think would be better for her. But based on how she reacted through out the book, and what my gut thought she should do—she will probably choose the other one. (So yes, triangle)

    Beyond all of the romance stuff (which is front and center of the book)—is what I imagine for the author a slow build. I loved how the knowledge of this society is laid into the story.

    But:
    1)I thought—especially in the very beginning that the narrator sounded almost mechanical---wooden. Maybe this was on purpose?? By the end, I didn’t notice it anymore… in fact I did love the way she did the Prince’s voice---for that she deserves credit. If you are listening--let me to encourage you to push on.

    2)The ending… I have rewound and listened to the last 20 minutes… oh man, seriously painful---and I would say abrupt ending. All I can do is hope it’s not a long time for the next one. But then maybe that’s a good thing…


    Over all I really enjoyed it... but if you are more a fan of Hunger Games than Cinderella or the Bachelor then I’m not sure this is the book for you. Romance is definitely the name of this game.

    50 of 53 people found this review helpful
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    A. C. Ballard Ellicott City, MD United States 04-27-12
    A. C. Ballard Ellicott City, MD United States 04-27-12 Member Since 2004

    Aida-Christine

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    "Engaging and entertaining"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Selection?

    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.


    Which character ??? as performed by Amy Rubinate ??? was your favorite?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "the prince's best hope, is a girl who can't make up her mind."


    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Tulsa, OK, United States 05-02-12
    Sharon Tulsa, OK, United States 05-02-12 Member Since 2005

    Love Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Romance books.

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    I highly recommend this book if you are a YA fan. It was an interesting premise and well constructed. The diolage is very believable. The only bad thing about this one is that I have to wait for the next book in the trilogy to come out. Worth the credit.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Raven Cornelius Columbus, GA USA 05-21-12
    Raven Cornelius Columbus, GA USA 05-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful read"
    Would you listen to The Selection again? Why?

    Yes, I was drawn in from beginning to end


    What other book might you compare The Selection to and why?

    not sure, I want to say hunger games without the violence


    Which character – as performed by Amy Rubinate – was your favorite?

    America, she is the main character and the story is surrounded around her.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When America walks past her lost love in the palace


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for book two!

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Florencia Miami, FL, United States 05-18-12
    Florencia Miami, FL, United States 05-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Addicting!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely recommend! It is a fantastic read!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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?


    What about Amy Rubinate’s performance did you like?

    Captivating!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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!!


    Any additional comments?

    Please, please, please, release the next one, SOON!!! Please!!!

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    nicole HAGERSTOWN, MD, United States 05-18-12
    nicole HAGERSTOWN, MD, United States 05-18-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Loved it!!"
    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book, but the other review is correct, if you hate cliff hangers wait. The book ends so abruptly, I was kind of mad. Can't wait to read more from this author.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Katheryne MD, United States 06-24-12
    Katheryne MD, United States 06-24-12 Member Since 2009

    Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.

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    "I agree with Shannon from Cincinnati (review 4/27)"

    I can't believe I liked this book and I can't believe I'm anxious for the next one!!! I think Shannon from Cincinnati did a good job reviewing this book (my thoughts exactly). I read so many bad reviews on Amazon, etc that I was certain I would hate it. I'm so glad I took a chance and got this book. It's not a literary classic but it was a FUN read. Can't wait for the next book to come out.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy Kentfield, CA, United States 05-01-12
    Cindy Kentfield, CA, United States 05-01-12 Member Since 2009
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    "I can't believe I loved this book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main character is spunky. She's awesome.


    Have you listened to any of Amy Rubinate’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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... :)

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    LadyFrein 05-13-12
    LadyFrein 05-13-12
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    "Enjoyable But Frustrating"
    What did you love best about The Selection?

    I really liked the main character and her transformation throughout the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Selection?

    My favorite moment was when she told her friend to buck up and act like a queen during the first rebel attack.


    Have you listened to any of Amy Rubinate’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Tabitha WV, United States 07-21-12
    Tabitha WV, United States 07-21-12
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    "Smart Characters, and"
    Where does The Selection rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top.


    Which character – as performed by Amy Rubinate – was your favorite?

    She does an excellent job with them all, but I especially loved America.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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  • Rebecca Rubens
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    "Easy listener."

    This one grabbed me from chapter one. I loved how the story unfolds and how relationships develop. It's a feel good, though very predictable. The cliff hanger ending is frustrating but now that the sequel 'The Elite' is out and read I'm happier.... but once again left hanging for the finale. So far, I preferred book one of the two, but don't bother if you don't intend to buy both it'll just leave you frustrated.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sara
    United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Worth a listen"

    Not a particularly high paced story but you do start to wonder what will happen next. I typical love triangle storyline but with a slight twist on 'The Selection'.

    My advice would be to wait until 'The Elite' comes out because this book has been left on a bit of a cliffhanger and you won't want to wait too long for book 2.

    Happy listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kindling Micky
    OLDHAM, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable"

    This was a very engaging book, set in a future time where people are born into certain 'classes'. The female lead character gets a chance to move to the highest class and secure her family's future by putting in for selection to marry the prince. An eventual love triangle ensues. Great listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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