The Selection - Kiera Cass
“One can never help being born into perfection.”
“No, I don’t suppose they can.”
This book combined “The Bachelor” and “The Hunger Games” in a beautiful dystopian book. Better yet, this book is just the beginning of a trilogy, and many spin-off novels, meaning the constant smiles and cute romance doesn’t end yet. I read this book in one compulsive sitting and don’t plan on doing anything else for the rest of the series. Kiera Cass is a wonderful author, and I can’t wait to read more from her!
What The Book is About
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
These characters were so diverse, developed, and perfect for the storyline. Our main character, America Singer is a bold and stubborn character who is well rounded! I was reading some criticism for this book and one of the main things is that America gave off “Not Like Other Girls” vibes, but honestly, I didn’t get those from her at all. She did have the typical main character build but in Kiera Cass’s unique way.
We had two love interests, but I wouldn’t necessarily say it was a love triangle. I have my own opinion about which love interest I prefer, but I will keep it to myself for now, just to keep this review spoiler-free Both had a completely different character build and vibe, to say the least. The contrast between the two made for a very interesting story. It also was really fun to see America compare these two and evaluate the pros and cons of each.
The other side characters all had a purpose, which I enjoyed. The characters also weren’t just there, we got development and information about each character. The rest of the girls in the selection were so different and diverse, and I enjoyed learning about each one.
The plot of this book was quite fast paced. If you’ve read my past few reviews, you might have noticed I like fast-paced books and seem to read a lot of them. The plot also had a very interesting premise. I loved the dating show esque of the main competition. I also loved the lack of crazy and possibly psychopathic women involved. Don’t get me wrong, Kiera Cass found a way to provide the drama we all crave, but in a less homicidal way. Another thing I adored about the plot was how the excitement never ended. There was never a dull point, and I was never bored. This was a real page-turner.
The author did an excellent job of building the world, so the reader understands completely. This world is set in the future (I am assuming), a dystopian future. There are levels of people and social classes, called castes. I could thoroughly explain to you the meaning of each caste right now, but that could get boring. There is also an interesting side of this book that dives into the government and political aspects of this world. The author introduced this aspect of the world slowly, and clearly. I could also thoroughly explain to you this aspect of world-building as well, and again, I won’t. The world was also built as a somewhat loveable world that had a lot more depth than you could originally see.
To conclude this review, all I must say is that everyone on my social media accounts who told me to read this was beyond right. However, I must owe the act of me finally reading it to my friend Zaden who convinced me to buy it while we were at the bookstore together. I will be picking up the rest of this series as soon as possible and devouring it just the same as I did with this one.
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