The Selection (The Selection Series) by Kiera Cass
America Singer lives as a Five in the caste system. In her fledgling country, Illea, Fives are artists and musicians and usually poor. When the prince of Illea comes of age, a televised contest of thirty-five girls between the ages of sixteen and twenty compete for the heart of Prince Maxon as is tradition. The Selection lasts until Prince Maxon narrows the young women down to one to be his wife and the princess of Illea. When America receives a fill-out form to be in the lottery that decides the contestants, she is strictly against it. Her family thinks it’s because she doesn’t want to leave home, but America has a secret that she’s been keeping for two years. She has a boyfriend: Aspen. Aspen is a Six, a servant. America’s family wants her to marry into a better caste instead of a lower one, so they keep their romance a secret. But Aspen doesn’t think he can provide for America to give her the life she deserves, and he breaks up with her and tells her to put her name into the lottery. He breaks her heart.
America is chosen to be one of the contestants in The Selection and moves into the palace. She doesn’t want to be there, but she doesn’t want to be home, either, where she has to see the boy who crushed her. But, her first evening in the palace, Prince Maxon takes a liking to her already, though she is less than trying. She tells Maxon the truth and they strike a deal to be friends. Soon, she notices that she’s starting to like him more, and she feels jealous when she sees him talking with the other girls. But she still loves Aspen and is completely confused about who she wants to be with. When Aspen finds himself at the palace, America is even more indecisive.
I saw this book on Amazon when I was just perusing. It seemed interesting and said that it was good for teens who like Divergent. I was very skeptical about it, but I do love Divergent. Plus, I wasn’t reading anything at the time, and I was completely bored. My general rule about books I’ve never read is that I if I find three “iffy” things (bordering on “inappropriate” or a really bad word), I’ll stop. In the beginning of this book I found two, so I kept going. After the beginning “iffy” parts, the rest of the book is actually pretty good! It’s pretty funny, and I think Prince Maxon is really sweet, but sometimes I don’t really get him. I’m not a huge fan of Aspen (just my own opinion), so I’m rooting for Maxon. The Elite is the title of the second book, and it just came out last month. So, as you can imagine, it’s pretty much impossible to get at the library. I might just have to buy it to see what happens, but based on other people’s comments, I’m afraid I’ll be disappointed. Guess it’s a chance I’ll have to take. I read the sample of it on Amazon and I like that so far.
It’s implied, but I’ll tell you: This series is a love triangle. I’m saying this here and now, love triangles are my worst pet peeves. Just decide who you like already! No matter how much you want it, you can’t have both guys! Yeah, I don’t like them. It’s partly why I don’t like the Hunger Games. Anyway, this book is fine. I give it three stars because it had two “iffy” things in there, but I liked Prince Maxon. 🙂