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THE SELECTION (The Selection #1) by Kiera Cass
YA Dystopian Romance
327 pages, hardcover
Review copy provided by publisher
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.
Another dystopia. Another YA trilogy. Another love triangle. While these may not be the most positive of descriptors lately, THE SELECTION surprised me by pulling me in and carrying me along for the ride (read this puppy in one night!).
America is convinced–by both her family and Aspen, the boy she loves–to put her name into the hat for the chance to raise her caste status, earn some extra money for her rather poor family, and possibly become a princess by marrying the snobby prince. Of course, she’s picked and off to the palace she goes, leaving her heart behind with the adorable Aspen (though she thinks he’s broken up with her and moved on).
But the prince isn’t a snob, he’s just sheltered. Despite her best intentions, she starts to like him–first as a friend and then as something more. (Though I really wish he would stop calling the girls “my dear”. He’s not 90.)
This first book has a lot of set-up. Between the romance(s), the interesting society with castes, and the Northern/Southern rebels who might or might not be searching for “something”, there’s a lot going on and plenty of set up for the rest of the trilogy. I’m intrigued and am looking forward to being swept up in the next part of this story.
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