Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass
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.
THE SELECTION is an exciting dystopian debut that is sure to be a hit among YA readers. While some parts of the novel are predictable, overall it is an enjoyable read and I will definitely be anticipating the sequel. Cass has created some great characters and I look forward to learning more about their lives and what will happen to them.
America was a little hard to warm up to at first, but I grew to like her. She is a little hard to understand, but I could definitely see where she was coming from and I could tell that she really felt something for Aspen. Even though the society is separated into castes, America feels so much for Aspen that she is willing to marry down and upset her family. I commend someone who stands up for what they believe in. I enjoyed watching her grow through the selection process and I anticipate what the end result will be.
The other girls in the selection surprised me as much as America. I loved how supportive some of them were of each other. What I didn’t like was the stereotypical catty girl Celeste. She was just like every other mean girl and I was really upset that Cass put someone like her in the novel. I just hate when authors put mean girls into novels just to create more drama and that was all I felt like Celeste added.
Maxon was quite the intriguing guy. I definitely didn’t expect to like him as much as I did. His character had so many great qualities and I loved that he wasn’t the typical YA guy with no flaws. He has a bit of awkwardness to him and he brought out some giggles at times!
While THE SELECTION isn’t one of the best YA books I’ve ever read, I do think it has potential and I can’t wait to see where Cass goes with the storyline. You should definitely give this one a shot.