The Selection by Kiera Cass
Hardcover from library
Genre: Dystopian Society, Fantasy, Young Adult
I was interested in this book right away because it seemed like The Bachelor meets The Hunger Games, which is weird because I don’t ever watch The Bachelor. 35 girls from the different sections of Illèa (what used to be the USA) are chosen and go to the palace and compete for Prince Maxon’s heart and to be Princess.
Before I read the book, I was under the assumption that the girls were forced to compete, this is not the case. The contest is completely optional and they may leave at any time. Also, the summary makes it seem like there is a ton of action in this book, which there is not. It’s actually very uneventful. And I don’t even think it has a climax. Well, if it did, I missed it. Maybe with all the dystopian books I have been reading, I have come to expect much more fighting and action. This story is not like that. It’s more of a love story. America Singer, our narrator, was in love with Aspen, a boy from her hometown who is in a caste below her. Oh yeah, they have castes in this society, 1-8. America is a five, the artist caste. She is a singer and musician. Aspen is a six, basically a servant. He pushes her to enter her name in the drawing so as not to hold her back. He then breaks up with her because he feels that he can never give her the life she deserves. She is devestated, and when her name is called she is looking forward to being as far from Aspen as possible. She doesn’t think she can love the Prince.
I actually liked this book, but I can’t exactly tell you why. I mean, it’s not a secret, I don’t really know why I liked it. Like I said before, it was uneventful. I think it was because a friend of mine told me it wasn’t very good. So even though I was looking forward to reading it, I was expecting it to be a bad book. So it’s not great, but not bad. I liked America Singer–hated the name though. She goes into the contest wanting to be herself. She is kind, witty, and tough. She also doesn’t think she’s anything exceptional, so she’s humble. I would recommend this book, but I would tell people that if they’re expecting The Hunger Games or something action packed, this is not the book for you. But if you liked Before I Fall or Pride and Prejudice this may be something you like. DISCLAIMER: I am not saying this book is as good as a classic like Pride and Prejudice, it’s not. But it is a romantic love story more than an action book so it falls into the same genre.
The second book, The Elite, is coming out April 23 of 2013 (it’s on my “Can’t wait for books of 2013“)