Title: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Started Date: May 29, 2012
Finished Date: May 31, 2012
Rating: 4/5 stars
“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 the palace and compete for the heart of the 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.”
I finished the book last night! This book definitely reminds me of Hunger Games and The Bachelor, so I say it is a combination of the two. I would have given this book 3 stars if not because of Aspen. He’s the boyfriend of the heroine for two years. Yeah, I really like him a lot even if he’s poor. He is definitely man enough to stand on what he believes in and he’s full of pride. While America Singer is sometimes an insecure and immature girl, but I like the fact that she is being just herself throughout the time she’s in the competition. Prince Maxon, the “Bachelor”, is very charming, he laughs a lot and he really knows how to keep a conversation. But I like Aspen more, because the prince seems an ordinary prince for me, a gorgeous and rich prince. Anyway, the book seems a bit short for me and I felt like the author just decided to end it that way without further elaborating about the contest and the setting. The writing style needs to be improved too. But I still like it, it felt more like a contemporary book with a bit of dystopian, with more romance than action. And I’m definitely Team Aspen! 😉
Here’s my favorite line from Aspen:
“America Singer, one day you will fall asleep in my arms every night. And you’ll wake up to my kisses every morning.”