Release date: 24th February 2012
Source: The 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. Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realises that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.
I got a copy of this off Netgally and all I can say is that this book is freaking fantastic. I know I am late to The Selection series party but still if you haven’t, you need to get on board. Its teen fiction meets the bachelor on a very tamed level of course. But it is awesome.
The story is about America, a sixteen-year-old living in the new country of Illea where you exist in a system that identifying you as numbers. The higher you go the richer you are. America is a Five and her family is just about surviving on what they have. So when the opportunity to be selected and compete for the heart of the Prince of Illea her mother pushes her to sign up. But America is not interested as her heart belongs to someone else. Even though that someone else known as Aspen has just broken her heart but she only ever dreamed about her and Aspen so she just can’t seem to stop loving him. Fro America Aspen is home. When America is selected she is then swept up into the world of ball gowns, glamour and jewels in the company of 34 other ladies. For America the selection is a nightmare and it simply ridiculous but within it she starts to make friends with some of the girls. When she expresses in all honesty to Maxon that she is not interested in him what follows is the start of a friendship which slowly starts to blossom into a relationship of sorts. America can’s still seem to forget about Aspen even though her feelings for Maxon are growing. She must make a choice as Maxon prepares to make his choice for the Elite.
I really enjoyed the way the author told this story, the words just jump to life from the pages and transport you in a post war like America filled with royalty, ball gowns and exclusive parties. I personally loved the fairytale feel of the story although you can’t overlook the people who were suffering. It can almost be likened to most of what happens in today’s society, the privileged or richer people think they are better. Anyway I digress, the story had me feeling a barrage of emotions, happiness, sadness, love, anger, impatience… you name it. I loved the interactions between Maxon and America, they are magical and just so sweet. I found America a bit annoying and whinny sometimes, she did a lot of crazy stuff but then I pause and realize she is just 17, I would do the same if I was her age. Celest was a piece of work though, even in the future the diva’s are still the same with the same insecurities. I liked that even though they were competing for the same goal or prize some friendships were forged which I believe might end up being long lasting.
Yes American was annoying, yes she made silly choices and you might want to shake her sometimes but I simply loved the end of the book when she chose herself a lot of us young ladies out there need to do the same, a lot can be learned from America’s fighting spirit.
This is one book that you will want to read over and over again just because it makes you feel warm and bubbly inside.