The Selection ~ Kiera Cass

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Reviewing a book which is not liked much in the book tube world or any book blogs but i somehow liked it. Its The Selection by Kiera Cass , this is first book in the The Selection series.

About The Selection

The Selection by Kiera Cass

Series: Selection #1

Published by HarperTeen

Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Dystopian, Fantasy

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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.

Initial Thoughts

Before picking up this book when I read the reviews on Goodreads and it was a big let down it didn’t have good review.However i am a someone who just is a  magnet for beautiful covers and this one definitely ticked all boxes. Plus the Bachelor themed story really drew me in.The Selection

Review of The Selection

Similar or Not?

The Bachelor meets The Hunger Games” That was what everyone said when i picked up this book it was compared to The Hunger Games because the girls are interviewed by a TV host and the shows are aired across the Illea (the new U.S.). All I have to say to that is…what?? That is probably the only similarity between the two books, besides the fact that they’re both dystopians. I’m not saying that The Selection is incredibly original, but I think comparing it to The Hunger Games is a bit extreme.

That said there are plenty of other comparisons to The Hunger Games that were almost always on my mind. However, when I finished the book I realized that it really didn’t matter. So many books are similar to each other, and ideas are bound to overlap at some point. (I have several ideas for my owns books in my head that, when I think of them, have similarities to other books.) But when I read that last page and really wanted The Elite, book two, in my hands, I knew that I really liked The Selection.
This book was one of the books that is just a really nice feel-good read. (Kind of like Anna and the French Kiss or Sarah Dessen’s books–they have some good and some bad but when you finish them, you just feel good.) So many girls grow up wanting to be a princess (been there, done that–the wanting part, and the becoming a princess part), and then this book comes along giving over thirty girls the opportunity to become a member of the royal family.

 Plot

The book starts out promising enough. America Singer belongs to the Fifth caste, and she’s doomed to stay there for the rest of her life. Her family are artists, and they barely have enough food or money, except around Christmas holidays, the only holidays left. Her Mom wants her to participate in “The Selection”, a one-time only event in which thirty-five girls from all provinces randomly get chosen to participate in a program much like “The Bachelor”. One of them will get the crown, and will get to marry Prince Maxon, an eligible bachelor.

America started out as an interesting character. She was seeing Aspen, a member of caste six, even though it wasn’t allowed. She was headstrong and stubborn, and I liked her. But then, in a moment of pride, Aspen breaks up with her, America decides to join “The Selection”; and she turns into a stupid dimwit. She sees Prince Maxon and acts like a completely spoiled brat, but that gave her personality and some charm, so I decided to go with it. But then she, out of the blue, falls head over heels for the prince, although they agreed to be friends.

It’s obvious Maxon is attracted to her from the get-go.America isn’t so great herself. She’s very whiny, preachy and ungrateful, snivelling about how she doesn’t want to be there but then doing a poor job of showing it by rolling around in her luxurious sheets. This happens a lot in YA books, I think –  authors want their female protagonists to be strong-willed and independent, but they go too far the other way and end up being bitchy and horrible people.

Relationships

It’s very frustrating when a character has two choices of men and it’s incredibly obvious which one she should pick. One is a Prince who loves her for some unfathomable reason; despite her generally being horrible to him, and the other broke up with you after abusing you for making him a picnic because he’s A Man and should be The Provider. Garrgh.

I really did like America and Maxon’s relationship though. It was maybe a little Insta-lovey on his side (I admit that might be because I don’t understand what he’d see in her) but it’s refreshing to see a series where the main couple are friends first. It’s just nice. They seem to have genuine, unforced rapport and I desperately needed them to get together. If only it were that simple.

And…

There’s barely any world building. All right, so the world exists out of castes from one to eight, there’s a castle and a prince, and they get attacked by rebel groups. But what else? The answer is simple: nothing else. How does the world look like? Are there cities or towns? How are they grouped? Why are the rebels attacking? Nothing is explained at all. The world has no culture, social life, religion, nothing. This was my major issue with this book.

So, while the concept is not original, the characters are interesting; and the writing is unremarkable but the story is written in a way that is easy to get wrapped up in it.

I guess every one simply gets sucked into the love triangle and really just don’t really care about the rebels and the attack.

Closing Thoughts

I really, really liked this book. I couldn’t put it down – it totally sucked me in. While some elements of this book don’t reinvent the wheel, there is something to be said for a story that you cannot stop reading. I definitely recommend The Selection, and hope you give it a chance like I did.

“I can’t help it.” I sighed. “One can never help being born into perfection.”