DATE PUBLISHED: 24th April 2012
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.
This Young Adult version of The Bachelor was a cute dystopian read with some darker themes of rebellion thrown in. I found the idea unique and the characters intriguing and relatable. The plot developed well as the Bachelor-esque theatrics fluctuated through the book. The pace was fairly consistent with some sections lagging slightly, but the characters kept me reading.
America is the stand-out amongst the group of girls taken to the palace to take part in a Reality TV Show competition for the hand in marriage of the Prince. She is funny and spunky. She has a paramour at home and this leads to division of desire for America. Her interactions with Maxon and the other competitors led me to really enjoy America’s individuality.
The caste system of this dystopian society was an element that created a distance between characters and an urgent need to move up in the world. The only way to secure a better life is to marry into one and The Selection is the ultimate way to move up in the world. This book was fully of pretty dresses, but with plenty of snark and the beginnings of a relationship that I cannot wait to see develop into fruition.
Keep Calm and Read On,