Review * The Selection by Kiera Cass

July 2, 2012 Reviews 18 ★★★★

Review * The Selection by Kiera CassThe Selection by Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #1
Published by HarperTeen on April 24, 2012
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Pages: 327
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: The One
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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.

What I Thought…

  • Ever since I saw The Selection reviewed on Kate’s blog I knew I wanted to read it.  I only watched one season of The Bachelor (every season after that is pretty much the same drama anyway) but I really liked the idea of a Bachelor – dystopian mix.
  • I really liked America.  She didn’t really want to be selected but continued on anyway, and she didn’t follow the other girls lead in becoming a different person just to please Prince Maxon.  She stayed true to herself in terms of her looks and personality.  She’s direct and not afraid to say so.  Her first meeting with the Prince had me laughing.
  • America’s mom is pretty obsessed with the caste system.  In some ways I get it.  They are a 5 (out of 8) and only girls can marry up (or down).  Guys can’t do anything to change their caste so it’s very important to her that America does what she can to move up.
  • The Selection contains a love triangle and for the first time ever I can say that (at this point anyway, book 2 could totally change this) I’d be ok with either guy.  I’ve never not picked a guy before, and I don’t have a strong feeling from the author as to which way America is leaning.
    • Prince Maxon is not the arrogant and stuffy prince you think he will be, he’s actually a decent guy, but he’s a prince and that comes with responsibilities.  Do you want those responsibilities?
    • Aspen is not as nice of a guy as Maxon, but he’s not a bad guy either.  He’s just made a bad choice or two, and who hasn’t ?
  • You don’t get to meet all of the other 34 girls (though you do get to learn their names when they leave) but you do meet some of them.  Marlee was the closest to America and I liked her the best, but she is definitely hiding something.  Celeste is That Girl.  The one that everyone hates for her backstabbing ways, but the guy just doesn’t see anything but her sweet and innocence.
  • The Selection needed more rebels.  What do they want?  Why are there two groups?  Who is really behind them?
  • It took 200 pages for the location to be known and for me that was 199 pages too many.  Illéa is a new country, but all the names are so foreign sounding that I had no idea of even an approximately location.  I thought it was where the US is (and it is) but all the names are very English sounding so I was confused.  I really needed to know where it was!  I think all authors that use unfamiliar locations or made up countries should provide maps.
  • The history of Illéa was a bit… different.  But there is another issue that is briefly touched upon and I’m hoping that what I’m thinking is true, which means that tale of the history of Illéa would make more sense.

Overall I really enjoyed The Selection and I love this cover!


18 Responses to “Review * The Selection by Kiera Cass”

  1. Christina

    Hahaha, I endorse this review. I agree with most of what you said. This is a fluffy, fun book. I definitely think it worked as a YA version of the bachelor. If you go in looking for anything more than that, you’re going to be seriously disappointed.

  2. fakesteph

    You’re right about the cover! And I’m so excited to read this one. It just came in at the library. I’ll probably have to choose between it and Pandemonium and I am leaning toward the Selection (both are long wait library books and I won’t have time to read them both before they are due). I hve never watched the bachelor, but I do enjoy reality television in small doses when somebody else puts it on. My brother was obsessed with Rehab for a while. And I can’t believe you haven’t decided between the boys! Oh my…. I don’t even know what to think of that.

  3. Varsha Dinesh

    Totally right about the cover. I wanna go to that party! I didn’t like the Selection all that much, and found quite an argument for how it could have been much better, but it was still fun to read. Fluffy, kind of. Wow- I’m writing something right now and I just realized I haven’t typed up a location for my story. Thanks for that :)

  4. ....Petty Witter

    Didn’t like the cover though, the dress reminded me of one of those dolls my grandmother put over the spare toilet roll in order to hide it.

  5. Jenny

    I’ve never watched The Bachelor so unfortunately this book never held any real interest for me.

    I love the way you review, btw. I love the bullet points and general thoughts.

    • Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books

      Thanks! When I started I made lists and then moved everything around into paragraphs that made sense but that took me forever and I couldn’t always get them to make sense so I figured I’d try it this way.

  6. Kate@Midnight Book Girl

    Oh, I am totally Team Maxon, I was angry when Aspen showed up. And the world building in this series could use some help, but I enjoy it enough to overlook it. Glad you liked it!

    • Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books

      I could overlook the world building too because it was just a fun story! Aspen was kind of a jerk but he had the “right” reasons but if I was hard pressed to make a decsion it would probably be Prince Maxon.

  7. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

    I probably watch too much reality TV, but I don’t think I’ve ever watched a full episode of The Bachelor or The Bachelorette. But I really want to read this book, despite all the crazy hype that happened a while ago. So I’m really glad that you liked it! And I kind of like the idea of a love triangle where it could go either way. Because most of the time it’s pretty obvious who the girl is going to pick, and the other guy is just annoying because he still tries to kiss her or whatever even though she has made it clear that she loves the other guy! Argh. ;)

    Great review, Kim! I can’t wait to read this one!

  8. Bittner

    I remember when Kate reviewed this one on her blog and I immediately pre-ordered it on Amazon freaked out and couldn’t wait to read it! And then I got it from amazon and now it has sadly been sitting on my tbr shelf collecting dust! WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME! I have so much reading to make up for! But I’m really glad you liked it!