Release Date: April 24, 2012
Publisher: Harper Teen
Series: The Selection #1
Review Source: Edelweiss
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
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.
There was so much drama about this book that I initially didn't want to read it. So many mixed reviews and negative reviews and everything going on around it. But then there were all these positive reviews coming out as well, and with that crazy concept I just couldn't resist. And then a TV pick up on the CW starring Miss Aimee Teegarden and I really couldn't resist. Verdict? I'm glad I decided to read 'The Selection' because it was frothy, addicting fun. Honestly I'm not sure why, but it just kept making me smile and giggle, and when I wasn't reading it I wanted to be reading it.
I loved the idea of this future kingdom taking the place of what used to be the USA. However, I didn't feel like there was a ton of world building or depth to the side characters. Yet somehow despite those faults I still found myself adoring this book, maybe because I felt like it was America's story, not a huge world building story. It was just such fluffy fun, yet it did have some depth to it as well (talking about conditions of the poor, international relations, etc).
My one huge complaint? That the book just keeps building and then leaves you hanging at the end. The story really just stops and you're left with no resolution until the next book. I really hate it when books tell half (or a third) of a story and then call it a full book. There are other ways to write series and create cliffhangers that are so much more preferable. Still, the fun characters and plot won me over enough that I can't help but like this book, complaints and all, drama and all. I'm really glad I read it because it was a lot of fun.
The colour is striking, and I loveeeee the crown symbol and the title font, but the picture itself? No times a thousand. Hate the picture! I guess it works for the book itself, but I don't feel like it represents America at all.
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