Series: Book 1 in the series ‘The Selection’
“Sometimes people don’t know whether to interpret silence as confidence or fear.” ~~ Kiera Cass (Book 1: The Selection)
I remember talking to a fellow blogger about wanting to read ‘The Selection’ series.
Then I stumbled upon some ‘clash’ surrounding the series online between book bloggers, the author & her agent and dropped the idea of reading the series.
I mean, so what if some people don’t like your otherwise bestselling book? It’s no big deal when there are so many who seem to have fallen in love with the series.
After seeing the books looking so pretty on the shelf, it was a difficult task for me to ignore them. I can’t say no to such an awesome cover! So I grabbed both books and decided to take the risk! 😉
Let’s see how the first in the series turns out…
Genre: Young-Adult, Dystopia.
Main Characters: America Singer, Aspen, & Prince Maxon.
‘The Selection By Kiera Cass’ Synopsis:
America is a singer. Almost everyone in her family is an artist, not because that’s what they wanted to become since childhood or found their calling while growing up.
Because of the caste/class system that’s part of their kingdom. In total there are eight castes/classes and the lower the number the lower the living status of the family.
America is sort of lucky to have born in no. Five family. That doesn’t mean they don’t have their struggles. But….
When America gets the invitation to take part in the upcoming ‘selection’ where Prince of Illea will choose his bride from 35 contestants. Needless to say her family is happy, her mother more than anyone else.
America’s mother wants her to participate as there are quite a few benefits of just participating. And of course, her and her family’s life could change forever if Prince chooses America to become his bride.
America doesn’t want to participate. She loves Aspen, who’s a Six, and wants to marry him. Also, she doesn’t have interest in joining royalty.
But Aspen insists that America should at least participate, she relents and fills up the form for ‘The Selection’; sure that she won’t make it to the shortlist.
When America’s shortlisted and Aspen breaks up with her, she sees ‘The Selection’ as an opportunity to spend some time away from Aspen to mend her broken heart.
America’s sure she won’t like the Prince. The other girls in the contest, she meets are okay, some friendly and some hyper-competitive.
America makes a couple of friends, but finds it difficult to get comfortable in her new surroundings.
While trying to get out in the open, America, meets Prince Maxon for the first time, before any other contestant. She calls him names, and afterwards is sure he will throw her out.
But Maxon doesn’t throw her out of the contest to her surprise. And America soon she finds herself in a peculiar situation.
She offers to become Maxon’s friend and supply him with the information about other contestants in exchange for staying in the contest as long as he’d keep her there.
Maxon agrees (I believe he liked her from the start.)
With a few troubles, The Selection goes on, leaving only six contestants, called The Elite at the end.
Ok, some the idea is almost like ‘Matched by Ally Condie‘. The good part is ‘The Selection’ I found much more interesting.
But I do have a love-hate relationship with YA books. So I was a bit skeptical and when first chapter couldn’t get my attention I felt disappointed.
Anyways, I got through the first chapter and yes, it turned out to be one of those books which I liked only after the first chapter.
I loved it that America is not ‘toxic nice’. She’s courageous and challenge rules. Okay when you have some authority figure on your side, as is in America’s case Prince Maxon, you might become a bit more brave too. 😉
I also liked how she tells Maxon some of the reasons why she’s part of the selection and why she wants to stay as long as possible.
And of course she has no interest in him or the crown. I was all ready not to like Prince Maxon because Prince seems like a robot. But he’s okay.
But Maxon is still new; I’m not sure what to make of his character. What I mean is he’s the future king, dealing with rebels and taking difficult decisions to keep his kingdom safe and running smooth. So I had trouble swallowing his ‘too nice’ character.
Will see how his character turns out over the next books.
The opening of the story didn’t interest me at all. It took a couple of chapters before I got invested in the story enough to want to finish reading it.
A little explanation in the beginning about the caste/class system would have made getting into the story easier. Reading about ‘Sixes and Twos’ confused me a little in the beginning. As the story progresses, you get the clear picture.
I have some questions, about the rebels, but I feel the story is still developing so it’s not a big issue, for now. Also, I didn’t get Illea’s vague history lesson about how it came to be.
Anyway, I enjoyed reading ‘The Selection’ and looking forward to reading ‘The Elite’.
“You can’t expect to be able to provide everything for everyone you love.” ~~ Kiera Cass (Book 1: The Selection)
Hit Or Miss: Hit!
Ratings: 3 stars/5.
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