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.
You have probably heard of love triangles. Well, what about a love-36-sided polygon? (I looked up what a 36 sided shape was. Apparently it’s just called a 36 sided polygon.) That probably gives you the wrong impression about the book. Most people equate love triangles with clichés, but I’m not here to discuss all the clichés that should be avoided or embraced in today’s YA bookworm culture. (At last not today. 😉 ) All that to say, if you don’t like love triangles, just be prepared if you do choose to read this book.
I was given this book for Christmas, and my sister and I both had seen it at Barnes & Noble a little before and thought that it sounded like it had potential to be good. I started reading it and… I was swept away with it.
Readers could argue that it is ‘full of clichés’—but honestly, everything is a clichés if you get down to it. I understand that some people won’t like the book because of that, but honestly, it was a really fun read. When telling a friend about it I said, “It’s like The Hunger Games except without all the killing.”
But since, “What does that even mean?” Is a very real question, I’ll explain. 😉
Like The Hunger Games, I didn’t want to stop reading The Selection! Maybe—at least from the back cover copy—you would think that America’s life can’t be as exciting as going into the arena for the Hunger Games…. But it is!
Having a book that has little to do with killing tons of other people, but still has the power to capture my attention and not let it go—it just makes me incredibly happy.
I will say, while I would give this book five out of five stars—there are a couple of scenes were a couple kind of gets carried away slightly. There wasn’t a lot of detail just enough to let you know what was going on, but I felt like there should be a warning.
About the Writer:
Naomi Downing is a music obsessed bookworm with a passion for writing. When not doing anything book related, you can find her experimenting with crocheting, or drawing calligraphy. She is a Book Promotions Intern at Birch House Press, writes monthly columns at www.homeschoolingteen.com, and blogs somewhat sporadically at www.naomiandbooks.wordpress.com.