TITLE - The Selection
AUTHOR - 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.
Another series, I needed to catch up with. The last book had been released, and I'm only just starting. Have I mentioned, Dystopian stories are like a new drug, I love them! So addictive.
So The Selection is definitely in the YA category, and I do sometimes struggle with YA, only because I would like the lead characters to be a tad closer to my age, but to be honest this story rocked on it's own, I didn't really pay all that much attention to the age of the characters.
We are in a world miles away from our own, and things are very different from how they are for us. In this time, every time a Prince is of the age to marry, there is a process called The Selection, where girls from across the Castes 1-5 (lower groups 6-8 not included) are able to put forth an application, to be chosen for The Selection. Only 35 are chosen, and America Singer from Caste 5 (One of the lowest) is one of the chosen. Except she doesn't want to marry a Prince, or enter The Selection. She is dealing with a broken heart, and has no interest in the crown or the husband. She wants things to go back to how they were, and just concentrate on her music.
So we follow the first stages of The Selection in book 1. It's a look at how things are between the different caste girls, and also what is going on outside of the world that they know.
Each girl gets to meet the prince and go on a series of dates, as he eliminates the incompatible girls.
What with that seemingly quiet time, there is also many other issues taking place. Rebels attacking the castle, teen girls fighting to be Princess, and battling attraction that wasn't intentional or wanted. America is the middle of it all. Extremely exciting, but also confusing for her. Where the Prince should be the one making the choice, America is left with choices of her own.
It's a story full of action, drama, and chemistry. Something for everyone. And all under the backdrop of a world that is completely different from ours.
A uniquely clever story, that is beyond addictive. And my late arrival to this series, means I don't have to wait for the next book!
Writing Style: 5/5
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