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.
The Selection was a refreshing read. It was a good change from the usual paranormal novel that I have my nose buried in. Though it had made use of the princess and prince sort of plot, Kiera Cass added a dystopian twist, which made the story even more captivating.
I took a liking to America Singer—partly because of her cool name, and also because of the kind of girl she was. It didn’t happen immediately, of course. I have to admit that I was rather irked at the beginning of the book, when she automatically disliked Prince Maxon because she wanted to be with Aspen; she did not even give him a chance. But gradually, you can see that America has a golden heart, and is willing to sacrifice anything for her family—even marry someone she barely knew so that they would be elevated to a higher rank in the caste system.
On to Prince Maxon. The best word to describe him is kind. He’s always patient, and fair—to everyone. Not to mention handsome. And let me tell you that I usually don’t like characters like these, especially when it comes to guys. Though I will never know why, I prefer the hot, badass type of boy with a sweet interior. (I’m extremely discriminatory that way, heh. I almost always shoot down nice fictional characters because they’re nice.) But… Maxon is an exception, and in my opinion, a perfect match for America.
The plot, I thought, was just awesome. I couldn’t believe that the author was able to think of something like this, integrating different things into one story. It reminds me of an old fairytale, The Princess and the Pea, wherein girls go through a series of tests to see who is best for the prince. But this is a much cooler version, I have to say.
At the end, I’m glad that I choose to read The Selection. The enchanting and charming tale is truly worth taking your time and reading. And I guarantee that you’d enjoy it thoroughly, just like I did.