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.
Miss Riki’s Review:
I cannot believe I waited so long to read this book. It’s been sitting on my shelf for so long that the other two books in the series have even already come out! But- I do have to say that it was well worth the wait.
The premise is what intrigued me to start with, being billed as a sort of Bachelor-meets-The-Hunger-Games. Society girls fighting for a chance at true love? With a prince? Yes, please! And, the story did not disappoint. From the very first page, I was drawn into the world and I felt like every moment delivered on the exciting premise.
I really enjoyed America Singer as the lead character. She’s smart and levelheaded in a world that absolutely sets her up not to be, and I loved her strong will. It is easy to root for her.
I was pretty burned put on YA love triangles going into this book, but I thought it was really well done here. I absolutely felt America’s indecision and torment between choosing the love of her life, Aspen, and the charming Prince Maxon. Both men are well-rendered and complete characters with both wonderful traits as well as faults.
As expected with two more books out in the series, we do not find out the outcome of The Selection at the conclusion of this book, but it is so well written and intriguing that I will definitely move right on to the next book to find out how this all ends.
I highly recommend this book for its deft world building, amazing cast of characters, and compelling love story. Oh, and- that cover! Absolutely gorgeous and so fitting for the story.