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Series: The Selection #1
Published by HarperTeen on April 24th, 2012
Genres: Dystopian, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Source: publisher unsolicited
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.
America Singer lives in Iléa, the former United States where society is broken up into eight different castes. One being part of the royal court. Two and Three being the wealthy. Four and Five being the working class. Six, Seven and Eight take up jobs serving the rest of the castes or none at all in Eight’s case. The law states you must be married to have sex and not have any illegitimate children. What a crazy world she lives in. The royal family has a contest of sorts that picks the future wife and princess of Prince Maxon. Scores of girls enter, while America is pushed into entering by her boyfriend Aspen and mother. America is picked and she ends up living at the palace, befriending a friendly girl named Marelle, and a budding friendship with the Prince.
I liked the beginning. It worked well setting up the plot, but then I got bored. There was a lot of filler scenes such as the photo shoots or watching the Iléreal Report. The amount of getting-to-know-each-other scenes were great , and their friendship seemed genuine, but you can just tell there was going to be more drama than it seemed.
The ever infamous scandal over this book on GoodReads catapulted me into wondering if Wendy Darling’s review held truth. Indeed it did, but I didn’t hate it as much. I felt like the story could have been finished in one whole novel. It didn’t need to be dragged on as it was. If anyone paying the least amount of attention just by reading the synopsis knew what was gonna happen, raise their hand! raises hand I watched The Bachelor when it first came out. It was entertaining, yet cruel to watch as women threw themselves at the same man and watch as the jealously ebbed and flowed. Well it felt like I was reading The Bachelor as a book. Only with teenagers, and a royal family thrown into the mix. I get the plot. It’s easy. Who is Prince Maxon going to choose? Who is America going to choose? You’ll have to find out what happens!