Since this book has been released, Kiera Cass has come out with 4 more books, that doesn’t included small sections regarding specific characters into the fold.
The Selection is the first book in the series. Here is the synopsis:
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.
Right off the back, this book reminded me of one of many television shows regarding many men or many women fighting (not literally) for the heart of one person. I remember when I first read this book and a co-worker asked me about it. I gave them the same synopsis and their response was “Oh, that doesn’t sound like a good book. I don’t want to read a book like that.” Fast forward to two weeks ago this year and this same co-worker is excited to start the series with this book.
As much as I wanted to say “I told you so!” I didn’t simply because anyone who decided to read this book would be in for a good read.
The characters are fleshed out well. You have the main protagonist of the story, America, but you also have other characters such as Aspen, Maxon, Marley etc. With 35 girls there are a lot of characters but true to this type of format, not all of the girls make it to end of the book. They are eliminated by the Prince who is looking for his one true love.
This book does not decide his one true love. The third book in this series will do that one, titled “The One” but it does help the reader pick who they want to win the heart of the prince.
At first glance you may want to cheer for America which would be justified, the book is from her perspective but you have to decide who you ship for, Aspen or Maxon.
Aspen, not giving too much away, works in the palace as a guard to the royal family. He and America have history that may have you vote for him to win her heart.
Maxon is the prince who has to decide through 35 women who his wife will be. He also has to handle the strong iron will rule of his father and the fact that people are rebelling against the way things currently are within society.
This book is all about the cast system, how the wealthy is at the top and can get the best and most lucrative jobs while those at the bottom struggle to get by. Those in the middle do well but not as well as they could.
You will feel anger, happiness and confusion throughout this book but it will make you want to read more. This book sets up the next step in the series “The Elite”
As the starting book, I enjoyed it and couldn’t wait to jump into the next book to continue reading about the characters. This book was a great set up for the next book in the series.
Final Grade: A