The Selection. Where to start with this book. It was really good. Like, I loved reading it, and the plot is just sooooo awesome its like a dystopian version of the bachelor! Where the bachelor is a prince… yeah…. a hot prince mind you, but be warned, at times this book can be annoying. No wait.. i take it back… the CHARACTERS are annoying. So without further ado… the info: So the book got a 4.12 on goodreads, which is pretty awesome. I think i would give this book a 4.5, the -0.5 points simply because of the annoyingness of the characters.
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.
So the Selection. Let me just say how perfect this base plot is. The Bachelor but for the future and with a monarchy and the cast system. Its all fun and games at the beginning. So we meet America, who was named after the the United states of America because that no longer exists any more. Now it is the Monarchy of Illea. There is a cast system and it is rated on how wealthy you are. The prince and king and queen and whatever, are one’s and the poor beggars are eights. America Singer, is a 5. They aren’t that high on the cast system level type thingy. And then we meet Aspen, her boyfriend. He’s a 6. So he’s lower than her. And her parents disapprove of this. So they’re all lovey-dovey and all that romantic stuff. But let me get one thing straight. I don’t like Aspen. I never have, and I NEVER will. Its Maxon all the way. because Aspen is a cocky hippocratic selfless guy. And for those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about. It means that he pretends to be selfless but actually isn’t. He doesn’t like it when America brings him food or money because he cant feed himself because “He’s a man and he should be able to provide for her”….. and then he eats everything and takes the money…. Sure Aspen… suuuuuuuree…. So then we hear of the Selection and we learn about what it is. The selection, as said previously is a dating game where all the girls who want to (a.k.a every girl except America) send in their picture and sort of “resumé” to the prince and then out of all of them, the prince picks 35 that he thinks are acceptable or the prettiest or have the best connections, or whatever. So America, obviously, doesn’t want to sign up because of Aspen, also because she’s sure that she wont get picked. But then Aspen makes her sign up so that even if she doesn’t get picked, he’ll know that it wasn’t because she didn’t sign up. So anyway, America promises that she’ll go and do it. And so she goes with her mother, and her mother meets Aspens mother and her two daughters who are also signing up, and she over hears Aspens mother saying about how Aspen was planning on proposing to a girl. So now America is over the moon because she thinks that Aspen will propose. So she’s smiling like an idiot in the picture that they take for her “resumé”. And wouldn’t you know it, they pick her. Because she looked that happy in her photo, because she thought that Aspen was going to propose. So she gets picked and now she has to go. Duh, and on the sending away party she sees Aspen with another girl and now she’s crushed and doesn’t know what to do. So she goes and when all the girls meet up we meet Marlee, and Celeste, and a bunch of other girls, who aren’t all that important. So Marlee becomes America’s best friend, and they are all awesome and talk together and whatever. And then there’s Celeste. Not she’s a little… annoying. NO! NO! I cannot lie! I hated her from the bottom of my heart. She’s a cold hearted person who must be stopped. ANYWAY! To the important parts. So the first night the girls are in the castle, they don’t see Maxon yet, and they are only gonna meet him in the morning all together, so none of them have an advantage. But America gets homesick, or just regular sick, or claustrophobic or whatever, but she needs fresh air, so she runs out of her room and just runs to the garden, but oh no! theres a guard and he’s all like “Im sorry miss, you cant go outside” and then we hear the sound of angels. Maxon comes along and is just like “Let her go out” and America sprints into the garden like there’s no tomorrow and then Maxon follows her, and they talk. Well, he talks and she retorts back at him. And at one point she kicks him in the balls and runs away… leaving Maxon very confused. Then the next day, is the day that the girls are SUPPOSED TO meet Maxon and America gets really jealous when he talks to other girls and she sees him smiling and laughing. But two days ago she was all like “NO ASPEN I DONT WANT TO LEAVE YOU!” The whole book goes on about her being jealous of Maxon as he spends time with the other girls and Celeste being all horrible and Maxon being so CLEARLY in love with America and her saying “I need some time to think” and such and such and such. But its really good because there are rebel attacks. because obviously, the government system is not stable, and there are people who want to return to the United States of America. And because of that, at the end of the book , he decided that it is too dangerous to keep all of the girls here when he knows that he doesn’t see himself with some of them. And he sends all of them except 6 home. The six are not a part of the group called the Elite, which is coincidentally the name of the next book. (hint: America is in the Elite, and so is Celeste)
All in all, I really liked this book. But it was really short, and a quick read, i think i read it in a day. and then went scouring the internet for the second book and to see when it would come out.