I have read The Selection from a while back and with The Crown coming out soon, I thought I would be a good idea to review it.
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.
Basically, The Selection is like a cross between "The Bachelor" and "The Hunger Games" . Everything about this book was definitely not boring: I mean they have castes which determine your rank in the country: from one being the highest and seven the lowest- I thought that idea was pretty clever. I really liked this because not only it was such a fun book to read, but because of what an amazing and likable character America is. She is so incredibly selfless, because she entered the Selection not only to have time off Aspen but to help her family, respectable, as she truly thinks of the maids as something other than "slaves" and because she is so witty. (Okay, I just about loved everything about America except her name haha)
Also, Maxon was a really funny character to read about (yet sometimes a bit awkward too)
"Oh please don't cry. I never know what to do when women cry"
YES I KNOW.
But being in his position at the time, I wouldn't have known either (well he had like I don't know 34 other girls to look after?)
I found his relationship with America quite interesting at the beginning: with America wanting it for the money to support her family and Maxon because he wanted to help America slash because he had a crush on her (that's what I think). Also, I loved how in the end they had developed a relationship unalike the ones Maxon had with the other girls- it made them so much more sweeter.
The only problem I had with this book was the plot. Not the writing but the plot. It was a little corny, unoriginal and Cinderella-like to have 35 girls fighting for the hand of a prince, but I guess in the end it was fine and the writing was what really mattered. I mean, how many people have given The Titanic and The Notebook five stars even though it was crazy cheesy? Nearly EVERYBODY. But hey, I'm glad it was fast-paced and kept my interest throughout the entire book.
Overall, I really enjoyed it. I think Cass did a fantastic job writing this book: she kept it short and sweet and not unnecessarily long (which for me is always a good thing). She made us love America and Maxon. She kept us flipping the pages fast and interested throughout the book. She wrote it well.
I give this book a rating of 4/5 stars.
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