Title: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #1
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.
Kiera Cass has created an incredibly enchanting world with The Selection. This Dystopian novel is absolutely magical. America Singer and Maxon Schreave are taken on a journey neither could have predicted that leads to loss, laughter, longing, and love. The Selection is an enthralling twist on The Bachelor where Maxon must choose a wife from the calculating group of women vying to become the next Queen. Each of the Selected is a unique entity and Maxon certainly has his work cut out for him. Kiera Cass took this story in unexpected directions, making me feel things I never could have predicted. When America is forced to leave behind Aspen, the boy she thought was her forever, in order to enter The Selection, I just knew this book would be overflowing with emotion and Kiera Cass did not disappoint. Through America’s eyes we experience the excitement and anxiety of being one of the Selected and nurturing a relationship with the Prince in front of the entire country. The Selection is a vibrant and original royal romance that will definitely give you all of those warm and fuzzy feelings.
“I’ve never needed very much to be happy. I thought you knew that.”
America took me by complete surprise. Entering The Selection with a great deal of reluctance, I couldn’t decide how I felt about her total disregard for Maxon’s feelings. As Kiera Cass cultivated this character, however, I began to understand her motives and the heartbreak she’d endured. Eventually her brutal honesty, humble outlook on the world, and unwillingness to compromise her true character had me connecting with her and rooting her on. Maxon seemed to find all of these qualities to be just as endearing, embracing the brazen redhead and her outspoken opinions. As Maxon and America’s friendship developed, I found myself falling harder for the Prince. He was sincerely kind, unbearably sweet, intelligent, driven, and unquestionably genuine in a way that made me melt. I loved how carefully he navigated The Selection, minding the hearts he had the power to break and refusing to view his future wife as a bargaining chip or political advantage. I honestly can’t wait to see the kind of man he grows into being as this series progresses.
“I should have known that if any girl was going to disobey an order, it would be you.”
The Selection follows more than just budding romance, it deals with the caste system, the rebels, and the power Maxon and his future wife will have to change things for their country. Kiera Cass writes with conviction, giving The Selection a depth that it captivating. The Selection has a little bit of everything hidden amongst its pages. Our heroine finds herself an enemy in Celeste, a friend and ally in Marlee, and a source of encouragement and consolation in Mary, Anne, and Lucy. Although not obvious, America’s connection with Maxon is instant and Kiera Cass does a phenomenal job making their connection known in a way that is authentic yet understated. America didn’t fall hard and fast for the Prince, instead she finds herself slowly developing a deep friendship with him that is sure to lead to more in the rest of the series. Their bond is strong and substantial, giving them a relatability that allowed me to fully invest in their future as a couple. The Selection is heartfelt, unique, and full of surprises and I can’t wait to see what Kiera Cass has in store next for America, Maxon, and The Elite.
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Don’t miss the rest of The Selection series:
The Queen (The Selection #0.4)
The Prince (The Selection #0.5)
The Elite (The Selection #2)
The Guard (The Selection #2.5)
The Favorite (The Selection #2.6)
The One (The Selection #3)
The Heir (The Selection #4)
The Crown (The Selection #5)
Happily Ever After: Companion to the Selection Series
(Includes: The Queen, The Prince, The Guard, The Favorite and more!)