Thursday, 27 March 2014

Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

Author: Kiera Cass
Pages: 327 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: April 24th, 2012
Received From: bought at Chapters
Status: The Selection #1

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

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.


NOTE: I am aware of the whole Kiera Cass publicist fight, but that does not affect my review.

So the Selection was a very good book, and I enjoyed it very much. It was cute, it was fast paced, but it still had a lot of drama and romance going on which was really good.

The story takes place in a futuristic world. The world (or in this case, the former countries of Canada, Mexico and the USA united under one monarchy) has reset and now everyone is ranked by numbers- 1 & 2 being the highest, 3 & 4 middle classed, and with numbers 5-8 at lower class to the very bottom of the poverty line.

The main character's name is America Singer, a number 5, and is well... a singer. She doesn't want to be part of the Selection because she already has her future planned out in front of her. But after filling out the application to please her mom and secret boyfriend Aspen, she ends up being selected as one of the 35.

There in Angeles (formally known as Los Angeles) she finds herself in the middle of a competition for the Prince's heart, and the kingdom's crown.

What I really liked about this book is that Cass was able to establish the world early on and efficiently. I really enjoyed that because some others will drag on the building of a world for chapters. Or the whole entire book. She does it immediately, and makes you very comfortable in the world. This whole book had a good pace from the beginning, and everything felt in place for me. When I read books that have the character relocating, sometimes I find it a little too dragged or the entire set off for it is just completely awkward and takes on a different tone.

Also, I really liked the balance between the drama and the romance. I actually have seen reviews where people are completely upset with the fact that America doesn't have insta-love for Maxon and mulls over with Aspen too much in this book. I found it completely fine. I mean, of course she wouldn't throw herself at Maxon right away! 1) her ex-boyfriend pretty much threw her into the shark tank, 2) she isn't even a hundred percent sure if she wants to be there, and 3) the Prince has 34 other women in the palace competing for him, of course she'd be weary and not choose him right away! And then there's the ending where if you read the book, things get real...complicated, to say the least!

I really am a Maxerica (that's the ship name right?) fan, and really do hope that they end up together because there is such a good set up for their characters, I would be really disappointed if the author just decided to switch directions. You can't just do that without giving a good reason and set up for America to do a total 180 with her choice. My favourite moment between the two was when Maxon first tried kissing her, and she kneed him in the 'shins'. That was hilarious!

I already knew that this story was going to be about the relationship a few chapters in, and was pretty sure of my instinct Max explains the rebel attacks. I hope we get to see more of this political plot develop in the next two books, otherwise having people randomly attack a highly secure place would actually be a little stupid. I actually did find it a little weird because why in the world would they attack a palace and have no one report about it? And how'd they even get in there if there are so many guards? I really, really, really want this explained and developed, and I want to see this tie in with the whole competition because right now, I feel like they're two separate stories that can be told in this book.

Overall, I found it a really good read! It was quick and easy to finish, and I found it a really cute book!

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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