Saturday, June 23, 2012
Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass
Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher: Harper Teen
Rating: 5 stars
Summary: 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.
Review: The Selection was amazing! It turned out Mrs.Cass was right about staying up all night to finish the book; I just couldn't put it down! The hype for it was well deserved. And yet I don't know if I'll be reading the rest of the series.
America Singer, the main character is a little hard to like at first. She's stubborn, a little selfish and has a bit of an attitude problem. But I quickly grew to love it. I loved how she wasn't afraid to be herself and was firm on staying true to herself. America actually reminded me a bit of Katniss from the Hunger Games. My only complaint about America would be that I wish when things went wrong she would stop being so quick to blame everyone around her and take responsibility for her actions.
Now let's talk romance. In the beginning I was team Aspen (her first love and total hottie) but then Maxon comes into the picture and I find myself completely forgetting about Aspen. I love Maxon; he's such a great guy and he really wants to find a girl to not only rule the throne with but someone he can love and be happy with. I'm am a 100% Team Maxon. I don't even think I realized how much I liked and wanted America to end up with him until Aspen showed up in the book again. I was surprised and shocked by how much I dislike Aspen. It's not really something he did but suddenly every "sweet" thing he said or did looked pathetic and not appealing in any way to me. In fact I kept hoping he would just disappear. Every time they so much as talked to each other I became so upset I almost stopped reading completely a few times. I really wish America didn't still love him.
One of the main reasons I don't know if I'll be picking up the next book is because of the love triangle. Usually I'm all for love triangles but for this book I really don't want their to be one. I don't want their to be any option except Maxon. And I'm scared I'll be disappointed. And their's nothing I hate more then being disappointed in a book. So instead of getting my hopes up I think I'll just wait till the series is complete. And if she chooses Maxon I'll read the series if not, then I don't know. I know I'm being ridiculous and bringing the whole Team Maxon thing to a whole new level but I can't help it.
Despite that I'm not sure if I'll continue the series I still think everyone should read this book. It captivates your attention from the very first page and will definitely leave you wanting more. Even though I'm all worried over the love triangle aspect this book was amazing and still gets five stars in my book.