Wednesday, 30 May 2012

The Selection - Book Review

The Selection – Book Review
Kiera Cass
YA Romantic Dystopia
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.
I really did enjoy ‘The Selection’. Not only did it have a unique plot and storyline, but it was also the first dystopian I’ve read where no one has died, bled or been severely maimed or traumatized along the way. Not only did that make it a refreshing and unconventional read, but also a compelling one as well.
Written by Kiera Cass, the book follows the life of America Singer, a girl born to a family of lower class entertainers who live in a world where life is dictated by your caste number- where everything from your job to potential suitors is determined by social rank and status.
However, with the chance of gaining a better life for her family, America reluctantly signs herself up for the selection – a competition where 35 girls compete for the opportunity to become the wife of Prince Maxton, and in turn gain their family a level 1 royal rank with all its wealth and privileges. However with thousands of girls entering, America is shocked when she is chosen to become one of the competitors. So now she must battle it out with another 34 girls to win herself a life (and a man) she doesn’t even want, especially as her heart has already been claimed by another…
Overall I thought this book had a unique charm, despite the fact that it had many of the typical young adult elements such as mean girls, makeovers and stunning dresses. However I felt the characters lacked something; particularly the secondary ones who I wished had a little more depth and well, personality.  Yet having said that there was enough drama and plot twists to keep me distracted from these minor flaws. 
As for America, she was an interesting main character who was often indecisive and occasionally humorous. I enjoyed her developing romance with Prince Maxton who I preferred over her child hood friend Aspen. However I’m curious to see what will become of their little love triangle, especially as the book ended rather abruptly with nothing really concluded – yet this also assures that I’ll be reading the sequel!

Distinctive, intriguing and with a totally gorgeous cover, ‘The Selection’ made for a nice average read that despite a couple of nit-picks, I ultimately enjoyed. 3 ½ stars!

1 comment:

  1. I couldn't get it from Netgalley, which was so disappointing :( Glad you enjoyed it!