Book Title: The Selection
Book Series: The Selection Book 1
Author: Kiera Cass
Date Published: April 24, 2012
Genre: Young Adult
Summary: 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.
I have a long, somewhat, memorable history with this book. Looking back at those times, still make me smile.
Well, I am a frequent visitor of my favorite local bookstore (surprise! surprise!) and I have been seeing this book series since last year but I chose to ignore. For some reasons… I didn’t even bother laying a single finger on these books not until I was browsing through Goodreads when I fell in love with this book in a heartbeat.
I was actually looking for a book or rather a series which story was about the same persons continued in the next books because I am in the mood for long readings like that. Well, I have been encountering books that are said to be a series but of different persons; I kind of hate that. I like to know what happens next to the same persons I fell in love with in the first book.
I loved loved The Selection!!! I have read this book in 9 hours and I just took a break to get this blog done before I start with book 2, The Elite. Well the story is fast phased. It never once bored me with details. I found myself reading and reading until I realized it was the end of book 1. I am dying to start with book 2!!!
Well, the setting was in Ilea. This is a new found country, formerly United States of America, ruled by monarchy. People of Ilea are divided into castes, a social division in their society. Ilea is apparently ruled by strict rules.
The Selection is a customary contest of finding a wife, in this case, for Prince Maxon since he is of age already. All girls of right age were invited to submit their forms but only 35 girls were handpicked to join the contest and live in the castle. Of this 35 girls, the Prince will choose a wife from. Well, that was the whole idea of this book, The Selection.
I won’t get much into details further. I don’t want to spill the good beans to you but rest assured, I absolutely loved this book! I adore America Singer and her family. I love anything about her life inside the castle. This part is quite the fairy tale kind of thing for me. It was every girl’s dream to be a princess and I know I will never be one. For a day, I want to feel how it’s like? Ha ha. I also love her new found friend and enemies? These characters! Ugh!!! It made the story exciting. I also love her maids and how they root for her to win this thing and be their next future Queen.
However, don’t get your hopes up though. It’s not like Prince Maxon and America’s love story is well written in this book already (not even sure if they’d end up together in all honesty). The contest is not yet done. Only 6 girls remained in this contest and that was where the story ended and will be continued in the next book, The Elite.
America also came from a breakup, with his boyfriend of 2 years — Aspen, days before she was sent off to the castle. The heartache is still fresh for her. She confided that to Maxon and as gentleman as he is, he understood her case and patiently waited for her to heal. It is undeniable that he feels something for America however, uncertain she is, he became guarded with his feelings. He needs to find a wife, as soon as time permits, for their country? Any who, things are starting to heat up between them not until Aspen came into the picture. I love Aspen too but I am rooting for Maxon in this story.
STOP! Okay, I’ll break it off here.
One thing I didn’t like in this book was… WHAT KIND OF CASTLE IS IT THAT EVER SO OFTEN, INTRUDERS GET TO PENETRATE THE CASLTE WHICH BY THE WAY HAS BEEN A LONG ONGOING THING? THE ROYALS AND STAFF OF THE CASTLE ARE FORCED TO HIDE IN THEIR SECRET HIDEOUTS!!! Enough said.
But, I still give this a 5 out of 5 🙂