The Selection by Keira 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 the palace and compete for the heart of the 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.
I bought three 20% off iTunes $100 gift card and thought I put it to good use in iBooks store. The Selection was my first book purchase. Look at the beautiful cover/dress. “Don’t judge a book by its cover” but I just could not help it. The Selection is the top popular book for the month of April and I want to see for myself what is the hype about it.
Mash-up between “The Bachelor” and “Hunger Game” with a little hint of Cinderella would be a suitable summary for The Selection. Thirty five girls raced to the top to be the wife of a prince. Don’t expect any new idea from this book and it’s full of cliche.
The USA we all known no longer exists after World War III and World War IV. A new world “Illéa” was created with caste system in place. America Singer, the protagonist, was from Five was in love with a boy, Aspen from Six. Due to his pride and cowardice, he pushed America away. With heart broken, America headed to the Selection. She didn’t prepare to befriended the prince, Maxon and ended to be one of the Elite. She was split between Aspen and Maxon but eventually I can tell that she was beginning to see the opportunity she was given to make a change to the world and her love life seems minuscule compared to the challenges the country will be facing with all the rebels attack.
If I have to pick a team, I am definitely on team Maxon. He knew what he wanted and intrigued by America since the beginning even though America has nothing to offer with her status of Six. The initial interactions between America and Prince Maxon were funny. She yelled at him the first night she was there. She kicked him in the groin when she thought Maxon was trying to kiss her.
I have a bone to pick with this book. Who would leave a huge cliffhanger at the end with no promise of the next book? This is supposed to be a trilogy? It became a big turn off for me personally. As I was reading through the news about this book, I came upon that this book would be made into a TV series. Seriously?
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars