Title: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: 1st June 2012
Rating: 5/5 stars
Thirty-five beautiful girls. Thirty-five beautiful rivals….
It’s the chance of a lifetime and 17-year-old America Singer should feel lucky. She has been chosen for The Selection, a reality TV lottery in which the special few compete for gorgeous Prince Maxon’s love.
Swept up in a world of elaborate gowns, glittering jewels and decadent feasts, America is living a new and glamorous life. And the prince takes a special interest in her, much to the outrage of the others.
Rivalry in The Selection is fierce and not all of the girls are prepared to play by the rules. But what they don’t know is that America has a secret – one which could throw the whole whole competition …. and change her life forever.
I have devoured this entire series in less than three days – it is, admittedly, a little trashy but so very very addictive!
The story is a cross between a young adult dystopia and the television show ‘The Bachelor’ – I know this description isn’t endearing the story, but trust me it works!
After World Work Three, the United States of America has become the Kingdom of Ilea and its prince needs a wife. The palace chooses thirty-five women from across the country to meet the prince and compete for his hand. There is a strong caste system at work – the royal family members are Ones, while the homeless on the streets are Eights. Each caste has specific functions they must perform in society. There are few chances to move caste, other than marriage, and none so rapid a climb as a marriage to Prince Maxon.
America Singer is a Five who has entered the Selection against her wishes. She is in love with a Six, a match her mother would never approve of due to the hardships suffered by the lower castes. But Aspen, her secret lover, wants the best for her and convinces America to sign up for the chance to meet and win the heart of the prince.
The story encapsulates the guilt felt by people when they are escalated, socially, far beyond the positions of those they love.
While the romance is definitely there – and once again, this young adult series features a love triangle, which becomes particularly tricky when Aspen starts working at the castle – there is a good lot of rebellion going on as well. America is a likeable heroine, though at times she borders on irritating.
It is a fun story with a whole heap of twists and turns along the way. A little predictable, but worth the read. I enjoyed the series more than I did ‘The Hunger Games’, because the class system is more realistic and the characters more relatable. Overall, it is just rather fun!