The Selection by Kiera Cass
Book 1 in The Selection series
Genre: YA dystopian romance
Format: paperback, owned
The Selection was a very enjoyable book, and far from what I originally expected. 😀
It was unique. I haven’t read or heard of anything like this before, so props for that. However, it was really slow-paced. America didn’t get to the palace until nearly a third of the way through the book, and the Elite weren’t selected until the last few pages. Personally, I could’ve figured out who my favorites were within a week. If I were Maxon, the first part of the Selection wouldn’t take long at all. Nonetheless, I can partially understand Kiera’s reasoning for this — a story shouldn’t be rushed, and this wasn’t.
America was a strong MC. She was kindhearted, brave, and didn’t take nonsense from anyone, not even the prince of her country. XD Granted, that’s not a very original basis for a character, but personally I thought America was great. I loved her narration. I only had two issues with her: her indecisiveness and her name. I felt like the decision between Aspen and Maxon should’ve been obvious for her, so her internal debate was slightly irritating. And I don’t want to be mean, but her name is ridiculous. What sort of name is America for a girl? That was probably the most off-putting thing about this book for me. Good, unique names are essential to me in a book, and while America is definitely a unique name, it isn’t good. Don’t get me wrong, though, I did still like her. 😉
Aspen was a strong character as well, but I didn’t like him at all. In the very beginning I thought he was sweet, but as soon as he was too proud for America’s surprise, I couldn’t stand him. I feel like that sort of support and happiness should go both ways, and he didn’t seem to get that. So long story short, Aspen was my least favorite person in this book. (But I mean that in the best way.)
I think Maxon was my favorite character. He was a dedicated prince, and only once did he use his status against anyone. He was very kind, generous, and adorably awkward. At first I was indifferent, but after he met America I started to love him. He quickly became one of my favorite male leads. 😀
Illéa was a great fantasy world, and I liked the caste system even though it wasn’t the most original idea. I do wish that more of it had been explored, though. I understand that the Selection was the main point of the book, but maybe there could be been some sort of public outing to see how the Selected girls handled that portion of princess duties. 😉 I liked that the history of the country was briefly explained during a history lesson, although I have to admit that it did feel slightly like an info-dump. Regardless, I did like the backstory, so it wasn’t too much of an issue.
The romance is this book was honestly like a love dodecagon times three. (I’m so math-y, haha). But seriously. 35 girls and a prince makes for a very intense relationship. I get that Maxon is a prince and all the girls want to be the One, but sometimes it got really obsessive and out of hand. 😳 I didn’t like that. And why 35, anyway? Why not, say, 12? Then six could be Elite and from there the One could be chosen. It would likely make for considerably less drama. 😅
I loved America and Maxon’s relationship. Their meeting was humorous to me and so was their first date. XD After that I loved the friendship they developed, although I have to admit that I knew they’d end up as more than friends. I also really hope they stay together, since someone reappeared that also loved America.
I also loved America and Marlee’s friendship. They clicked instantly, and I really enjoyed the relationship they were able to build, even with all of the tension of the Selection. Their friendship was also genuine, which I really liked. They were supportive and encouraging toward each other through it all. I hope it stays intact in the next book. 🙂
Unfortunately nothing in this book really surprised me. I waited so long to read this that I unintentionally spoiled just about the entire series for myself.
It was slow, slightly predictable, and America’s name was kind of ridiculous, but The Selection was great regardless. It was a quick, enjoyable read and it impressed me much more than I ever thought it would. I’ll definitely read The Elite soon. 😀
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Have you read this book? Is it on your TBR? If you have read it, what did you think? I’d love to know! 🙂
I’ll be reading Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella next! 🙂
Fun fact — I went to the zoo this afternoon. 😛
Until next time…