Reading level: Ages 13 and up
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (April 24, 2012)
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.
The Selection by Kiera Cass is wholly entertaining and unlike anything I have read before, it is pleasantly unconventional and sweet. A novel that you will not forget and will be left clamoring for more.
The Selection is a winning combination of The Bachelor and The Princess Diaries while being wrapped up in a society governed by a severe caste system. Mix them all together and you have a novel that is riveting from beginning to end. The concept for this novel initially seemed predictable but it is anything but that, and I was totally taken in by the love "interest" that was unexpected but heart skipping welcome. This story also hosts a stellar cast that is quite memorable and endearing, especially America Singer whom I found to be a well developed character that is genuine and pleasantly complex. I also enjoyed the interactions between America and Prince Maxon, I could not seem to get enough of them.
Kiera Cass has created a novel that is fresh, timely and romantic to it's very core. I would recommend this novel to anyone that enjoys a story that has a few unexpected twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat. The Selection is also a treat for those of us that enjoy reality TV shows. I have to admit that I am skeptical of shows based off of books but I am excited about the TV series that is being made from this book. I have a feeling that it will be a very guilty pleasure.