The Selection by Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #1
Published by HarperTeen
Publish Date: April 24, 2012
Source: Print – Bought, Audiobook – Library
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. -(from Goodreads)
My Thoughts: I read The Selection last year
without getting involved in any of the drama surrounding it and I loved the story. I loved it a ton. And when I finally bought my copy, I couldn’t stop touching it because it’s so pretty. Then, when I saw the cover for The Elite I almost fell over because it’s just as pretty, or maybe even prettier. Lovely cover aside, since this is a book that I loved so much, it was super easy for me to decide that I wanted to re-read it before I dove into the next part of the story. I was excited to be able to re-read this book via audiobook format through my library’s Overdrive system. Y’all know I go crazy over that sort of thing.
It’s a LIST review.
- 35 girls competing for the hand of Prince Maxon
- they all live together under one roof while they’re in The Selection
- girls are sent home every so often
- they spend time individually on dates or outings with Prince Maxon
- and so on…
What I had a difficult time doing was visualizing how The Selection could compare to The Hunger Games. This time, on the re-read, I was able to plainly see that there is an issue with the governing of the people in this book. I still don’t agree with the comparison to The Hunger Games, but I was able to see that there is a much larger plot besides just the girls, Prince Maxon, and the process of choosing a new wife, and I kind of loved it. It felt like I was re-reading The Selection with a new set of eyes.
…which brings me to my other point: America has two love interests over the course of this book. There is Aspen, the boy she is in love with, her first love. There is also Prince Maxon, the guy every girl wants to end up with. America is fortunate to be a contestant in The Selection and to have the eye of Prince Maxon, and there are times when she returns his affections. But she also contends that Aspen is her first love, so he is a viable love interest as well. In my initial review, I mentioned that I wasn’t sure if this was a love triangle or not, and I gave reasons for making this statement. Good gracious, I shake my head at that! This is totally a love triangle.
Also, I still cannot choose between Aspen and Maxon. I cannot.
Ultimately, this re-read only served to make me love the book more AND it helped me remember details I had either forgotten or perhaps not paid enough attention to on the first read. I am 100% happy that I re-read this book, and I’m thrilled that I listened to it in audiobook format.
Audiobook Notes: The audiobook format of The Selection by Kiera Cass is published by Harper Audio and is 8 hours, 7 minutes long, Unabridged. It is read by Amy Rubinate, who has a very nice voice for this particular book. I think that she does a great job with sounding young, like America, and also portraying the different emotions that America feels during different parts of the book. She also does a nice job reading the male characters in the book – sometimes readers overemphasize opposite-sex characters and sound a little cheesy, but I never felt this way during this book. I have no problems with recommending the audiobook format for readers of The Selection for both first-time readers and for re-reads.
I recommend The Selection for fans of fairy-tales and YA dystopians with romance. The love interests (both of them) are indeed swoon-worthy and the competition for
Fierce Competition for the Crown
The Selection by Kiera Cass