Book title: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance, Retelling
Targeted Group: YA
It’s always the fear of looking stupid that stops you from being awesome
Once again I read this based on a recommendation of a friend. When she suggests a book to read she gets quite passionate and she didn’t steer me wrong with The Lunar Chronicles. So because of this I decided to trust her again and started to read this book.
In a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels THE SELECTION is the chace of a lifetime: to compete for the gorgeous Price Maxon’s heart. But for America Singer it means turning her back on her secret love, and leaving home for a prize she doesn’t want.
Then America meets Maxon and all her plans start to crumble. Can the life she always dreamed of compare to a future she never imagined?
So there’s the blurb. In other words America Singer is believe it or not a singer (yeah shocking). Anyway she’s in a secret relation ship with someone who is in a lower class than her which is frowned upon. So she sneaks out every night to meet her secret love.
*queue Doris Day singing Secret Love from Calamity Jane*
America’s mother has been pushing her to sign up for the selection. to be one of 35 girls competing for the heart of the prince. America has been adamant not to take part until her secret love Aspen persuades her to take part.
So during the line up for the sign up America and her mother meet up with Aspen’s mother who is signing up her twin daughter. She mentions that Aspen is in love and planning to propose to someone and how that girl is already considered her daughter because of how happy she has made Aspen. Due to Aspen’s mothers conversation America is that elated when her photograph is taken she is eventually chosen to be part of the selection.
Aspen has broken off things with America which seems to make her leaving a little easier until that is until she spots him with his arms around another women.
soon America has been introduced for 4 of the other contestants. Marlee Tames, Ashley Brouilette and the ever delightful Celeste Newsome.
It’s quite clear from the second we meet Celeste she is someone every girl has encountered in their life. She’s the Regina George of the Selection world. She really is a nasty piece of work.
Once they are due to arrive at the palace America is nice with all the people at the airport and signs autographs and stops for photos whereas the other girls carry on towards the vehicle taking them to the palace. Due to this act of kindness which has probably got to do with the number of her class it already sets her apart from the others.
The girls finally arrive at the palace but there’s no rest for the wicked and they are lead straight to the woman’s room to be primed and prepped for the competition. America is adamant that she doesn’t want changing but does have a trim and her toe nails painted. The other girls seem to be having complete transformations and having a lot changed.
Once the girls have had their makeovers they are sent to their rooms and are greeted by three maids. Soon America has a panic attack and tries to make her way to the gardens for some air. She is stopped by the guards as the refuse to let her out but who shall come to her rescue. None other than Prince Maxon. It’s from here that what seems and unlikely friendship starts to blossom.
From rebels entering the palace to 29 girls being eliminated and Aspen makes his way to the palace has he’s been drafted. It certainly made for an interesting read.
America Singer: despite my dislike of her name, to e she was very relatable. She didn’t want to bend over backwards to please anyone. She stood her ground and was herself despite the weird situation she was in. She was level-headed when it came to the attacks and cares a lot for the people around her which was evident when she brought her maids with her into the bomb shelter.
Prince Maxon: I’ll be honest he seemed a little weird at first with calling everyone my dear. It’s like he watched too much Once upon a time but thought dearie was too much for them. After a few chapters he did grow on me and by the end I thought he was adorable.
Aspen: What a tool. He felt his masculinity was being threatened so bolted the minute he could. Then once he made his way to the palace tried to reconcile with America who is in a competition to marry the CROWN PRINCE. How stupid must he be?
May: May is the complete opposite of America in personality but they complement each other with it. It was a really nice moment in the book where America placed a bet with Maxon over May and May had America lose it. I love that the letters America received from home had May putting in the most effort. You can tell these sisters are super close.
Mary, Lucy & Anne: America’s maids I thought were surprisingly nice. I did expect them to be stuck up but when it is explained that they are almost the same grade as America you can see why she spends so much time with them as most of the other girls are in a higher class than America.
Marlee: In three words, Sweet, Bubbly, Infectious. Other than America she is definitely my favourite one of the selected. The first time we meet her she gives America a hug and it’s like she’s not there for the crown, she’s there to make friends.
Once again my friend didn’t steer me wrong.
First a couple of negatives:
The whole referring to people my numbers got me confused for a bit as it didn’t seem to be explained properly. the whole I’m and five and he’s a six thing. It doesn’t really explain anything until the girls are taking a history lesson in Chapter 17. Some rich dude helped America out of a bad situation with China and set up his own kingdom using his own name. To me he seems a little full of himself.
Also didn’t really get into why the King and Queen were getting attacked so I’m hoping that Kiera Cass sheds a light on this in the upcoming books.
On the other hand this book was really easy to read, it flows well and she doesn’t seem to add in superfluous words because they would sound better. She kept it simple and the story line was good. It did seem a bit like the Hunger Games and Divergent to me at first with the different sections and numbers but it soon made its own mark.
I do like the way the Maxon has taken all the girls on a different date which also kind of shows the girls personality and that he is just a boy on a date not the Prince trying to choose a wife. Maxon is trying to keep up normality for these ladies and tries his damnedest to help them and be there for them which in his situation can’t be easy.
So I’m going to be giving this book ⭐⭐⭐⭐