Series: The Selection #1
Published by HarperTeen on April 24th 2012
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.
To tell you the truth, I usually don’t go for books like The Selection, the whole princess thing going on didn’t really appeal to me. So imagine my surprise when my best friend gave me this book for my birthday. I dare say she knows me well, so I started reading it. Imagine my even bigger surprise when I fell in love with this book.
First of all, the cover is absolutely beautiful. No doubt about that. It’s all pretty and it was the first thing that got my attention. Cause a book with a cover like that has some expectations to live up to (don’t worry it totally did!).
The thing that attracted me most was the story itself. I’m a big fan of The Hunger Games and Divergent, so I dare say that I love some action in the books I read. But I found that the lack of action and violence in The Selection didn’t put me off at all. The opposite actually, it was quite refreshing to read. There is of course the case of the rebels, but they can’t really be compared to the action in the books mentioned before.
Also, I enjoyed America as protagonist. Even though she isn’t the most memorable of protagonists, I like how America’s situation about loving Aspen and Maxon is totally realistic. She doesn’t just blindly fall in love with the first guy that comes around the corner after Aspen breaks things off with her. She is honest about her feelings and struggles with her feelings.
Then when I started rooting for America and Maxon to become a couple, Aspen comes along again. Result: Frustration and a major cliff-hanger at the end of this book.
“True love is usually the most inconvenient kind.”
“I hope you find someone you can’t live without. I really do. And I hope you never have to know what it’s like to have to try and live without them.”