327 pages (Hardcover)
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.I wasn't going to read this. Then I did. I can't decide whether I hate or adore this book.
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. (From GoodReads)
Let me start on the names, which is likely my biggest problem with this book. America is a stupid name. It's that simple. Yeah, symbolism and blah, blah, blah. If I liked symbolism, I would be an English Literature major right now. But I'm a Nursing major. So, I stand by the fact that America is dumb name. Maxon, while not as bad, is still a bad name choice. Aspen is a tolerable choice, but is this honestly the best Kiera Cass could come up with? And, somehow, all the other girls end up with reasonable names? I just don't get it.
Next problem: we have rebels but no action. Seriously, we're going to get attacked by these rebels and have zero action involving ANY of the characters? I just don't understand this. Even if we're setting up for future books, why was the best action in this book when some chick slapped Celeste? Again, I just don't get it.
More problems: the whole background of how this society developed is flawed, I don't get the whole princess thing and kept picturing the girls lounging in sweatpants, and America's character as a whole was kind of unrealistic and stupid.
Yet, despite all my problems with this book, I got so wrapped up in the story that I flew through it! I legitimately wanted to know what was going to happen next. Which is probably what confuses me most, because I have no idea why?!?!
I did like the character of Maxon. Yes, he was also rather stupid (what future king just doesn't know that half his people are starving), but he had his moments where I was like "Hmm, I want a friend like him."
And what kind of ending was that? I don't know what to say that won't spoil the ending but I couldn't decide if I was happy (Team Maxon) or 100% pissed.
*sigh* There is my rather long review, but I had a lot of feelings about this book. And after writing this out, I still don't know whether I love or hate it. Let me know what you thought of The Selection!
Much love, Samantha