At first I balked at the idea of reading a book that sounded like “The Bachelor”. That show that does not appeal to me in the least, so needless to say, neither did the book. However, as I read about thepossible CW show based on this book, I thought it might be fun for my daughter and I to watch it together. So I decided to read it and I am so glad I did! I thoroughly enjoyed “The Selection” and can’t wait for my daughter to read it as well.
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.
America Singer is another one of those strong teenage girls that we all love to read about in YA novels. She is in love with Aspen despite the fact that their different castes makes it almost impossible for them to be together. The last thing she cares about is participating in a nauseating search for Prince Maxon’s wife. Despite her mother’s constant nagging that she apply for the Selection, she refuses. When Aspen tells her that he doesn’t want to be the reason that she doesn’t apply, she finally acquiesces to please him. She never expects to be chosen as one of the thirty-five and is in shock when her name is announced.
America goes through with the Selection for her family. She hopes to be able to make it through long enough to make them happy and to be able to provide a better life for them. However, her heart still belongs to Aspen and she has no designs on the Prince. She doesn’t really care about making a good impression on him. Yet when they finally meet, Prince Maxon is nothing at all like she imagined. They form a surprising friendship and things become more bearable for her at the Castle. Watching their friendship evolve is the best part of the story.
America and Prince Maxon are immediate favorite characters, you can’t help but like them both. I found myself wanting to shout at America to stop pining for Aspen and open her heart to Maxon. Although I kept waiting for a twist to appear at the end, and I knew it would, it was fun to see how how it was going to happen.
All in all Kiera Cass’s novel is a fun and thoroughly enjoyable book. Although the series is in some trouble and did not get picked up by the CW, it’s being redeveloped as a a possible midseason pick. I hope they are able to save it because I would really love to watch this series. Until, then pick up a copy, you will enjoy it.