True love is usually the most inconvenient kind
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.
‘The Selection’ has been hailed as “dystopian fairy tale meets the bachelorar” but is much, much better than it’s initial premise. I loved this book, even though I was a little late to jump on the band wagon. When a particular series becomes this popular I tend to run the other way. The dystopian theme also made me hesitate (I don’t usually reach for dystpoian novels … urh, unless it’s ‘The Hunger Games’ of course!) but I adored the premise for this book – a contest to become the next princess??? I’m there! Anything with princess’s is my calling (or maybe the little girl obsessed with Disney inside me). I really enjoyed the book, finding it hard to escape and easy to stay up till all hours lost in.
I just want to start off by saying don’t let the dystopian tag fool you into passing over this book. ‘The Selection’ reads less of a dystopian novel and more of a modern fairytale. Though there were some elements such as the caste system it definatley didn’t feel like your typical dystopian read. ‘The Selection’, though not the most sophisticated book is a fun, romantic read whose pages seem to fly in the blink of an eye. So, ‘The Selection’ takes place in Illéa, basically post World War IIII America where it is required that in order to pick a bride, the prince must hold a selection. For most the selection is the chance of a life time – countless applications go into the pool and only 35 are chosen. But, for America Singer the selection means leaving behind the simple life laid out for her and her secret love, Aspen. Suddenly whisked away into a glittering new world of gowns and tiaras and grieving a broken heart, America finds herself in the middle of a fight for a crown she doesn’t want, and the dashing prince Maxon’s heart. Then, against the increasing unrest and rebel attacks, America begins to question her own heart as she finds herself drawn deeper into Maxon’s world. Suddenly the life she could never have imagined doesn’t seem all that bad.
‘The Selection’ had a fantastic cast of characters, some you loved, some you hated and others you fell completely head over heels for. America was a fully three dimensional character, she had a temper and rebellious streak to match her fiery, red hair yet she is courageous and compassionate, caring deeply for those considered beneath her. Though she could be incredibly stubborn at times, she didn’t want to lose sight of her individuality, she wasn’t like the other girls and that was why we, and Maxon admired her. She was never afraid to speak her mind or stand up for what she truly believed in, even if it meant losing her place with the selected. Then we had prince Maxon. He was so romantic even when he was awkward and unsure of himself and I loved him for it. Kind, compassionate and artistic, Maxon was humble and genuine despite his beginnings. Finally, on the other side of Maxon we had Aspen, America’s first love. Aspen was a caste below America and had to solely support his struggling family. Aspen, like Maxton had his flaws, number one being he let America go but underneath we as readers knew all he ever wanted was the very best for her. It was never his intention to keep her from a better life.
I loved ‘The Selection’, practically devouring it – it was a promising start to a glittering series. I adored the characters and I was constantly swooning over the gorgeous Prince Maxon (sighs…). Sure it’s not the most sophisticated or mature book I’ve ever read but I defiantly recommend it. ‘The Selection’ is like a good reality TV show – not exactly life changing content but its engaging, fun and totally addictive. It’s that perfect read when you feel in the need for a little swoon-fest over a handsome prince!
Side note: That cover though! Damn!