Author: Kiera Cass
Publication Date: April 24th 2012
My Rating: 5 Starfish
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 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. 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. - Summary and cover image from Goodreads
Okay, I actually LOVED this book. The writing style is very simple and easy to follow along with. The dialogue and character interaction is very well done and often times humorous, giving the book a romantic comedy type-feel. True, the storyline is a bit “bachelor-y”, but overall unique in the dystopian aspect of it.
I’m extremely glad that the main character’s relationship was slow growing because fast-paced stories tend to have that insta-love that just feels rushed and unrealistic.
America Singer annoyed me through most of the book. She was super judgmental, even going as far as to yell at the prince because she had already set up this mental image of him, which ended up being completely wrong. And, of course with it being a love triangle, she can’t seem to get it together and choose the guy she wants. But she was also very strong-willed and liked that about her.
Aspen is fine as a love interest, don’t get me wrong, but he is a very typical one. I don’t hate him nor do I wish he’d jump off a cliff, but the guy is so boring that he dims in comparison to the Prince Charming of the story, literally the prince, Maxon.
Maxon is the main reason why I love this book. He’s sweet, kind, humble, and practically perfect in every way. His charm makes it impossible not to forgive him for his occasional stupidity. The chemistry between him and America is very cute and sometimes awkward (*cough* groin kneeing scene *cough*) but definitely the most enjoyable part of the book.
The story ends with some unanswered questions regarding the rebel attacks and with the selection still in full throttle, paving the way for the second book in the trilogy, “The Elite”. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a sweet and funny romantic read.
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 w