Title: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Release Date: April 24, 2012
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.
When I heard someone describe this book as being similar to the television show, The Bachelor, I was sold. I had to read it. Plus, I’m a sucker for a pretty cover and this one is just absolutely breathtaking.
When I say I couldn’t put this book down. I’m serious. I think the only break I took while reading was to fix my children dinner and the entire time all I could think about was how much I wanted to go finish reading this story. It was so good! Whoever said this book was like The Bachelor was right, there was thirty-five girls competing for the prince’s heart. I loved the concept of this book, I have never read anything like it and I loved that.
The whole story focuses on a girl named America. She was from a lower caste, so she had a pretty tough upbringing. I thought she was a down to earth girl, and I can definitely see young girls relating to her. I liked her a whole lot, but I did get frustrated with her a few times because I didn’t like how hung up she was on Aspen, her first love, especially after he broke her heart. I’m team Maxon all the way. I loved the prince! If I had been in her shoes, I would have been all over him from the moment she met him that first night out in the garden.
I would definitely recommend reading this book. It was such a fun read! After finishing it, I immediately bought the second book because I could not wait to see what happens next.