I am admittedly a huge fan of reality television. It is my guilty pleasure. After a long day at work, I like to zone out in front of the television and watch the shenanigans ensue. The Selection is a book for reality T.V lovers.
The story takes place in the future in a place called Illea. This is basically America after the fourth World War has happened. In this society, there are castes. One is the highest (royalty) and eight is the lowest (the homeless). The Selection is a competition with 35 girls competing for the love of Prince Maxon, who is now of age and looking for a wife. This competition is the chance of a lifetime for the girls. The main character is America. Because of circumstances, she has unwillingly entered the Selection.
This book is The Bachelor in writing. I heard a lot of mixed reviews about this book. One of the biggest complaints was that America was annoying. I didn’t think so at all. I really liked her character. I enjoyed the conversations that she had with Maxon. Unlike some of the other girls, she had intelligent things to say about the way things were in Illea. However, Prince Maxon was my favorite character. He was charming and awkward all at the same time. Despite being able to have any girl he wanted, he really wanted to find a wife that loved him, not the crown.
My only complaint happened about 50 pages from the end. I didn’t like the turn of events that happened. I was very unsure about the ending. I’ve had a few days now to simmer on the ending. After thinking about it, I am ok with the way things happened. I think it is a good set up for book two, The Elite. I will continue on with the series.
The Selection by Kiera Cass: 4/5 stars
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