Aug 1, 2013

Review: The Selection

The Selection (The Selection, #1)The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Release Date: April 24th, 2012
Publisher: Harper Teen
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Pages: 327
Format: paperback, bought

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Synopsis:

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.


My Review:

America Singer is a five. That means she isn't the lowest of the low but she is no where close to a 2 or 3 which have a lot of money. To make matters worse, her first love, Aspen is a six. Him being a six gets to his head and he tells America she needs to put into the selection just so he won't regret it the rest of his life. As she ends up getting more money due to a deal with her mother, she tries to surprise Aspen one night with a great feast....he can't take it. He decides he should be taking care of her not the other way around and he decides he can't be with her anymore.

America is destroyed, she doesn't know what to do. Then to make matters worse, as they are watching the TV screen to see who was picked in the selection, she sees her face.

I thought I would hate this book, but since I read the first book from Kiera, The Siren,  I decided to try it since I loved her first book. I'm not into the big dresses and snotty girls and I was worries this would be that type of book. I was SOOOOO wrong.

There is so much emotion that swirls throughout this book. You start to not know if you like Aspen or the Prince. You turn yourself around quite a bit reading this story, but it is refreshing. You can't help supporting America and you can't help but hating some of the other girls.

I devoured this book. I even had to run to the bookstore after work today just to get the next book. I HAVE to know what happens.

This book to me seems to be somewhat dystopian and has a caste system within it. You feel horrible for all that everyone has to go through even the royal family itself. Kiera does a wonderful job getting you to see the story from all sides and you learn that things aren't always what they seem. America herself is even finding that out and is changing her opinions as well.

I love the growth in the story and I love the character development. You learn about all the characters except the few that are only mentioned a few times. You can't help but laugh at America's sister May, you can't help but swoon for not only Prince Maxon but also Aspen. You can't help but want to poke Celeste in the eyes, and want to hug Lucy, one of America's maids.

I am so glad I read this book and I look forward to the next one. I want to know what happens so bad. So with that note, I'm off to start reading it :) I hope you all who haven't read this book give it a chance, and those of you who have read it, I hope you loved it just as much as I do!


Absolutely LOVED it!

 

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