The Selection by Kiera Cass | Book Review

Posted January 24, 2014 by Jana in Book Review, Young Adult Fiction / 15 Comments

The Selection by Kiera Cass | Book ReviewThe Selection by Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #1
Published by HarperTEEN on April 24, 2012
Genres: Dystopia, Romance, Science Fiction
Pages: 327
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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4 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 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.

If you’ve paid attention to reviews of The Selection in the blog world, you know the kind of love hate relationship people have with this book. They love it, or they hate it. I haven’t really seen a middle ground. I’m not sure why, but I’m intrigued. I’m always intrigued by books who get received this way, but I’m also leery of them at the same time. It took me a long time to finally get to this book, but I really enjoyed it! As always my main points are bolded. :)

1. I’m just going to throw it out there and say that I LOVE The Bachelor. It is one of my favorite TV shows, and Mondays are much less dread-worthy when a season of The Bachelor/Bachelorette is running. I was immediately in love with the idea of this book for that reason. The girls apply, they get selected to be a part of this crazy dating game, there’s girl drama, there’s a handsome prince. I mean, come ON.

2. America applies to be selected because she promises her love, Aspen, that she will. She is of higher class than he is, so marrying him means literally marrying down. And Aspen does not have the heart to let America do that when she could easily avoid it. So he makes her apply, because then he knows she did everything she could and he does not have to feel bad for holding her back. And of course, she is selected. She goes into this game for the money, and the money alone. She flat-out TELLS the prince this. They agree to be secret friends. I love that this happens. I have so much respect for America for being upfront and honest with Prince Maxon. I love that he likes her enough to be her friend. In the midst of an out of this world game in a dystopian society, a sense of normalcy rises from these two. It’s realistic. And I love that America chooses to hold on to Aspen. But that prince is cute… and sweet… and oh, crap. Is she falling for him? That is the question. And surprises happen.

3. The relationships tear me in both directions. I like Maxon and I like Aspen. I like who America is with both of them. Maxon is understanding and caring. And he has no clue about girls, which makes him so endearing. I love watching him try. And Aspen is honorable and so concerned and unselfish. I don’t know how to feel! I love it when a book does this to me.

4. This totally read like a first book, which was a bit disappointing. What I mean is that the stage was set, but not a lot happened. It’s like the first episode of The Bachelor when we’re introduced to the girls, we decide who we hate and love, and nothing really happens because there’s so many people involved. Relationships are not really happening yet. I feel like nobody is really attached to anyone, and there’s not much dating or deciding on Maxon’s part. The other girls are just background scenery. Meh. That’s ok, though, because there are more books. I just would have loved a little more meat to this first one.

5. The society of this world is really interesting. I like the caste system and all the political stuff behind the game… and the rules… the attacks against the kingdom… and the culture. I hope to learn more about this world in the next book.

All in all, this was a great read! I’m excited to continue the series, and I am hoping for more drama and confusion from the characters. If you like dystopian novels, definitely give this one a shot!

4 Stars
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15 responses to “The Selection by Kiera Cass | Book Review

  1. I’m on the loved this book side of things. And to be brutally honest I’m not 100% sure why. It was like an addiction to me. Actually I call the whole series, well the two out anyway, my book crack. There was something about it that just sucked me in and made me want more. Glad you came to the ‘dark side’. I’m excited for The One to finally come out.
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    • Jana

      I can totally see why this is your book crack. Makes perfect sense to me! I’m going to strategically read The Elite closer to The One so I don’t have to wait. Have you read any of the novellas? I read the prequel one, and it did not do a ton for me.

  2. I’ve been thinking a lot about reading this series out because of the same reasons… and it also makes me wonder if I’ll actually like it or what because I’m more into scifi dystopian but an interesting society with some good romance won’t really hurt… I guess checking it out won’t hurt.
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    • Jana

      Yeah, I think it’s worth the try. There’s very minimal romance in this book, considering the theme it is written around.

  3. I’m glad you enjoyed this one! I read it last year and loved it. I totally agree with you, the world is very interesting with the caste system and I went back and forth between Aspen and Maxon in this book, it took me reading The Elite before I finally chose a side :) Great review!
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    • Jana

      I’ve been hearing that The Elite is amazing, and so much better than The Selection. I’m so excited to read it now that you say it helped you pick a side!

    • Jana

      I certainly hope so! I was iffy on it because so many people I know have really hated it. I thought it was great, though!

  4. Wow, that surprises me that there’s a lot of people that don’t care for this one, especially since The Elite was a big winner in the Book Shimmy awards on Wednesday. I read this one when it first released, and personally fell in love with it! I am also torn on who to root for, which I have discovered I love if there is a love triangle involved. They are both equally lovable, and I can understand why America struggles with what choice to make. I like how much of a friendship that her and Maxon are able to have, because you don’t see that boy-girl friendship in many ya books, and I mean, there are feelings involved but they are able to push them aside for the most part, and just enjoy being friends. I think The Elite will satisfy your want for more action and meat to the story. I loved it more than the first novel. My emotions were all over the place!! Great review girlie!! Can’t wait to see what you think of The Elite!

    xo, Becca
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    • Jana

      Having read it now, I’m also surprised by how many people hate it. Sadly, I missed the Book Shimmy awards but I’m happy to know The Elite won! It makes me even more excited to read it! Surprisingly enough, I also really liked the love triangle in this book. I’m not usually a big fan, but it makes sense here. I love America’s relationship with both guys, particularly her friendship with Maxon. SO excited that you loved The Elite so much! It’s on my shelf right now, and I guess I need to grab it and read. I’m just trying to wait until we’re a little closer to the release of The One. We shall see if I can hang in there! Haha.

  5. I haven’t read this series yet, but it does sound like fun. I like the idea of a bachelor style show in a YA world. :) I don’t watch the Bachelor, but I do love shows like American’s Next Top Model, so I think I would get sucked into this series. :)
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