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.
I did it! I finally read The Selection! It only took me forever. I'll admit, at first, I was scared of what I was getting into. The first few chapters were filled with nothing but America Singer (such an unfortunate name) whining about not being able to marry Aspen, the boy she has been secretly dating for two years. I found this a bit ridiculous because if I remember correctly, she's supposed to be sixteen. That would mean she started "dating" Aspen at the age of fourteen. I can vouch for the majority of girls when I say we don't know what love is at the age of fourteen. At all.
Despite the lovey-dovey crap, I read on, and I'm really glad I did. I was introduced to Maxon, the glorious prince. He's such a gentleman, and I really loved his character.
Heck, I'd marry him.
My only complaint about the plot was that the political disputes weren't given much detail. But maybe Kiera Cass will delve into them more in the sequel, The Elite, which I definitely plan on reading, despite all of the bad things I've heard about it.
Overall, I gave the book 5/5 stars. Mainly for Maxon, but whatever. He's definitely typical swoon-worthy prince. I guess it's safe to say that I'm Team Maxon from today on.