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 and I….we have a odd relationship. It’s a roller coaster of feelings. It started out with that cover. It was love at first sight. The description didn’t sound too shabby either. I quickly added it to my Must Read ASAP list. Then I started hearing that the book was only so so and my excitement dwindled a little. When I first opened the pages I was a bit wary and I’ll admit that the first 100 pages were difficult for me to get through, but after that I was utterly addicted. I couldn’t put the book down and I flew through the rest of it in no time at all.
At first I didn’t think I was going to like America. She didn’t jump off the page at me. We kind of had to feel each other out. I did end liking her. She probably could have been a tiny bit more developed, but I enjoyed her honesty. She told people the truth and her real motivations for the most part and I found that refreshing. She was also just plain nice. I really, really liked Maxon….Aspen who?
There were a few things that felt forced, especially in the beginning. I didn’t care much for America and Aspen’s relationship. Maybe because we see much more of Maxon, but I did like him a lot more. Another thing that I didn’t like were the names. Not America – although America Singer isn’t the most serious and realistic of names – I’m not even bothered by Maxon or Aspen. Those are fine names. But when I’m fully emerged in a story and I come across a name like King Clarkson or Tullulah Belle (this was the worst because it’s the name of someone fairly well known) it sucks me right out of the story. It’s hard for me to take things like that seriously. It’s a little silly. That’s a very small complaint. Names aren’t going to keep me from liking it.
Another thing was some of the elements of the story were a little tiny bit The Hunger Games-ish. Hunger and food played a big role, the lottery for the Selection, a huge TV personality that does interviews. I didn’t like that stuff at all. Some reviewers haven’t cared much for the world, I’m okay with it. It’s basic and it works. The focus is much more on the Selection than the dystopian world. The Selection is so interesting that I didn’t mind.
So, there’s my few complaints. Now let me just say that The Selection has this very, very addicting quality. It’s hard to put down. Just like a reality TV show is hard to turn off. I’m not sure what made it so addicting but it was. For the most part I really enjoyed the book. I’m anxious for book 2 already. This is a good debut and hopefully the series will only get better and better.