Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Selection by Kiera Cass

Release Date: April 24th

Publisher: HarperTeen

Series: The Selection (bk. 1)

Genera: Dystopian, Romance

Subjects: Royalty, contests/reality show, castes symstem

Length: 327 pgs.

HC/PB: Hardcover

Summary/ product description: “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.”

My Rating: ê ê ê ê 1/2
My Review: What if a princess was chosen The Bachelor style? That’s what’s happening in this book. And it’s very interesting idea. Especially since America didn’t want to be chosen in the first place. Instead of vying for the prince’s love, she ends up befriending him. Some of the other girls get jealous of their time together and America keeps her true intentions a secret. I really enjoyed some of the banter between America and Maxton. It’s ridiculous. I just wanted her to forget about Aspen and just kiss Maxton already! (It’s like yelling at people on a reality show, in your head. “SHUT UP AND KISS HIM ALREADY!!!” lol). If there were Team Maxton and Team Aspen in this series, I’m Team Maxton. Of course I won’t spoil how Aspen comes back.

Some books this book reminds me of: Matched (the romance), The Hunger Games (especially the interviews) , Whither (The multiple woman for one guy). Only, this book combines all that and makes it better. Sure, there not much sci-fi to it other than the US being a different country and the rebels, but it’s a fantastic mix of fantasy, sci-fi and romance.
Cover Art Review: Similar photography to the Shatter Me cover. This one used a mirror too (a mirror box room). The camera cannot be seen though. It look like an infinite selection of girls, but it’s all the girl that looks like America. I like the dress. It’s kinda frilly, but very pretty. The title typeface is customized, and very nice. The crown design is okay, but may have not been necessary.

~Haley G

1 comment:

  1. I was shocked that on here and Goodreads that it had so many horrible reviews, I've been wanting to read this since I heard the summary, and was excited to realize it finally came out. That was a day or so ago. I could not put down this book, it was really good, and it had a love triangle that made you unsure of who to pull for. Unlike other novels where I know right away who I want to win the affections. Now I want the other books in this series, NOW! Does anybody know a good similar book to read? Not one that has any life-ending doom or something dark. But one that's light and easy and heartbreaking and romantic like this one?