Title: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Pages: 336 pages
Plot: 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.
Favorite Quote: “True love is usually the most inconvenient kind.”
I had contemplated a lot before picking up this series. I am kind of done with these sorts of books but the series became so popular that I had to read and find out what the hype is all about. This is the first book in The Selection Series.
The book is plotted in the fictitious world of Illea where the humans are divided by their caste number from one to eight, eight being the lowest. Their jobs and lifestyles are also determined according to the caste they belong too. America Singer our protagonist belongs to caste five which consists of artists, musicians, singers, etc. The country of Illea determines the next queen who is to marry Prince Maxon by a process of selection. While participating in Selection is a dream come true for most of the girls, it is a nightmare for America Singer, but she does it anyway. As it turns out America manages to strike a deal with the Prince and starts to like the palace after all.
The process of Selection and the rounds of elimination are filled with excitement, bitchiness, competition, etc.The plot is quite predictable but still a delightful read. I loved the relationship America and Maxon shared. There is not much substance in this book; it is not going to enrich your life in anyway. But it will definitely entertain you. I will be reviewing the other books in this series, so stay tuned! J