Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: April 24, 2012
Series: The Selection, book one
About the Book: 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.
My Thoughts: Oh man. Where to start with this one. It was one of my waiting on Wednesday picks a while back. The wait was worth it! The Selection was a fun and engaging read yet it still had me thinking about some "big issues." I love it when a book does that! So often it's all fun or all serious. There's nothing wrong with either of those but when I get them both in one book I feel like I got a bonus :)
America's life changes so much just by being "Selected." Watching her adapt and figure out what was really important to her was one of my favorite aspects of the book. I also really enjoyed seeing the ways the girls related to one another. It's a competition but they're also living together and getting to know each other. Friendships are bound to form. Whether or not they're real or strategy remains to be seen!
I would be remiss if I didn't mention the boys... oh Aspen and Maxon! I love them both and for different reasons. If I hadn't met Kiera Cass I'd be tempted to say she is mean, mean, mean for making America pick! (She is actually super sweet so I cannot call her mean!) Once you've read the book I can tell you who I think is best for America. It'd be too spoilery now!
The Selection was worth the wait... now I'm just anxious for book two!
|Gratouitous pic of me and Kiera :)|