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. 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.
Hi! After hearing so many mixed reviews about The Selection, I wasn’t entirely sure if I should read it. I’m so glad I did read it, though, because of how much I enjoyed it :)
The main character, America Singer (her name is pretty awesome!), is picked to be one of the girls competing for Prince Maxon’s affections. If she wins, she’ll become the princess and eventually, the queen. She happens to be picked to compete in the competition, however, not soon after she is dumped by the guy she thought she would be with forever.
I actually liked America a lot as a character. She was a pretty passionate, friendly, all-around great character. For the other girls competing, they definitely were extremely catty. A lot of people seemed to be turned off by that, but I think it was pretty realistic considering the situation. Also, it had a few similarities to The Hunger Games, but not too many. I thought the two books did not have much more in common than the competition aspect and I really liked the Bachelorette themed aspect the competition.
Now, my favorite part- the guys ;). Maxon, the prince, was a really nice, decent guy. He seemed to genuinely care about everything going on around him and what he does for America throughout the book was amazing! I’m definitely Team Maxon. The other guy, Aspen, was the guy who dumped America. At the beginning, he was totally sweet and I really liked him. However, as time went on, I thought the reasoning he had for dumping America was really dumb and he was so terrible towards her once he dumped her. I didn’t like how particularly hung up on Aspen America still was, but I understood why she still was, considering how long she had been with him.
Overall, I really enjoyed The Selection. I'd give it five out of five flowers and I highly recommend it!