Book Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

10507293For 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.

What I Thought:

I have to say that, despite putting off reading The Selection thanks to some fairly negative reviews, I was quite pleasantly surprised. So much so that I might have accidentally got hold of the remaining books in the trilogy, and the e-book short stories and read them immediately. Ahem.

The entire world of The Selection is just a very charming bit of fluff, with some serious elements and peril thrown in and a never quite believable love triangle to boot. I really took to America and Prince Maxon, although some of the things they did were a bit silly, and the supporting characters, especially some of the other Selection candidates were likeable.

The one thing you can definitely say is that it’s a pretty well constructed world and Illea (a post-WW4 USA) is very well described. These novels may suffer in comparison with The Hunger Games, in that the worlds run along a similar theme, but in all the ways that matter, they are completely different.

Kiera Cass has begun work on a fourth ‘Selection’ novel, The Heir, and it is set 20 years later, while the child of Prince Maxon and the eventual winner of The Selection (no spoilers here…) undergoes their own Selection. I await with interest…

Please Note: I was provided with a copy of The Selection by Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are, as ever, my own.

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