Book Review – #TheSelection by Kiera Cass #YoungAdult #Dystopia #Romance
336 Pages, Published April 24th 2012
The Hunger Games meets The Bachelor in this Young Adult Dystopian novel. America Singer is thrown into competition with 35 other young girls all competing to win the affections of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.
“True love is usually the most inconvenient kind.”
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.
Okay, I’m very late to the party with this review. I read the book in April 2020, right at the start of lockdown when I needed something to make me smile and I have to admit that when I picked this up it was sort of for the giggles. I didn’t expect to like it.
Sometimes going into a book expecting to hate it is a good thing because I got so much for than I hoped for with this story!
Don’t get me wrong, this book is trash. Good, old fashioned YA trash. And I loved every single thing about it! I mean this is like some mash-up between The Hunger Games and a crazy dating show but with royalty and beautiful dresses. There are Love triangles and angst galore in this book!
So the characters!
Our female lead of the story is America Singer, she is a singer and yes I did laugh and still do. I think the author knew exactly what she was doing when she named these characters.
From the start, I expected to dislike her but she was not at all the character I expected her to be. America is determined and strong and does not swoon and sigh at the idea of winning the heart of Prince Maxon.
In fact, his heart is the last thing she wants as she has already given hers to someone else!
America is so clever and she really, really cares. She cares about her family which is why she enters the contest in the first place.
When she arrives at the palace her relationship with the other girls and particularly her maids is just lovely, really heart-warming.
The only thing I did not like nor understand was her love for Aspen. Man, that guy is a massive douche. I really did not like Aspen at all and I felt America deserved better. She deserved Maxon.
That’s another funny thing about this book. You really expect the prince to be something else. Some snotty, spoilt brat who has his pick of 35 beautiful girls but in reality, he is sweet, kind and sensitive and although America doesn’t want to be there you quickly find yourself rooting for her and Maxon. You want Maxon to pick her. You want her to be The Selected!
“If you don’t want me to be in love with you, you’re going to have to stop looking so lovely. First thing tomorrow I’m having your maids sew some potato sacks together for you.”
I think what I loved the most about this book was not so much the story but the characters. The way the girls all interacted with each other, formed rivalries as well as alliances in a contest that is all about winning the affections of the prince.
They all start to care about each other and it really is a special book that caught me off guard and I continued to love it right to the end of the series. Absolutely, surprisingly one of my favourite books of 2020 and one that I am sure I will pick up and read again in the future!