The Selection By: Keira Cass

The Selection By: Kiera Cass

For thirty-five 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. 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.

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The book Selection is about a girl who unwillingly joins the “Selection” where 35 girls compete for Prince Manxon’s love. The lead, America, joins because people who join usually get money while they stay in the palace. America has to leave her love, Aspen, and has to fight for the love of a man she barely knows. Soon enough the two meet and befriends another.

I’ve had this book in my TBR pile for a while, I finally got to it when certain people kept telling (yelling at) me to read it. I’ve heard really good things about it, you wouldn’t believe how many people describes this as The Hunger Game’s and The Bachelor’s baby. So I finally got to it, and it was awesome! I have no idea why I hadn’t gotten to it sooner!

The plot was… unique… I mean, you don’t see people comparing The Hunger Games and The Bachelor very much because they’re two completely genres, but Kiera Cass just… she somehow made it frickin’ awesome. I have to admit, I didn’t see very much of the whole “Hunger Games” part of the book, but I’m expecting there to be more action in the upcoming books! To me the book seemed to just build up the anticipation of what the rebels want and the real mystery behind the palace, I actually expected a very big ending. I didn’t get that big action packed ending that I wanted, but it was great nonetheless.

There were so many characters in this book and I think that’s what made the world seem so real. Most of the characters were the contestants America befriends in the competition. Each and everyone of these girls were unique in their own way. They were all so happy, corky and so dang nice! Personally, one of my favorite character is Prince Maxon (LOL, I guess you guys know who I ship now.) He was genuinely nice. If you wanted something, he’d try his best to give it to you. He barely went out of the castle, this made him so innocent and just plain cute. When you think of prince you think strong and forward character, but Prince Maxon was just very shy and awkward.

The highlight of this story was definitely Prince Maxon’s and America’s love story. There is a love triangle in this story between America, the prince and Aspen, the man from her home town America is in love with. Personally, I love Maxon soo much more than Aspen. I guess it’s because America and the Prince are friends first, then their friendship grows into something more. A part of me loved watching America and Maxon’s friendships grow, but somewhere in the middle of the book (ehemm… for all those people who already read it know what I mean…. ehemm…) it just all falls apart and you just give up.

Overall, this book was great. I wish I could have seen more action in it, but it was still awesome without it! I can’t wait until the .5 of the series comes out. The Prince will be out in March 5,2013 and will be in e-book format. I can’t wait because its written in Maxon’s perspective. This book was great and I expect good things from the rest of the trilogy. I love you Kiera Cass. That is all.

-Caryl

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