Publisher: Harper Collins, Harper Teen
How much did I love this book? I borrowed it from the library way back in May, and have since been quietly stalking author Kiera Cass on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. I loved it so much that as soon as I was done, I started reading it again. I love it so much that I was thinking about it the other day and realized I didn’t have my own copy of the book, so I forced my fiance, The Oven, to go and pick it up for me at the bookstore. Yes, I am that borderline obsessed.
Why did I love it? Basically, The Selection is like The Bachelor x The Hunger Games – thirty-five girls vying to be a princess, but in a dystopian setting and caste system. I don’t watch the Bachelor, but for some reason, that set-up totally appealed to me in book form. Call it an obsession with frocks (just LOOK at that cover), a childhood love of princesses, or just the idea of a dystopian Bachelor – for some reason, it just got me. But I wouldn’t have stayed hooked if it hadn’t been for the characters. Cass’ fully developed characters are a joy to read – even secondary characters get a strong treatment – there’s no one-note, or token character here. America, the protagonist, is such a strong female character – she’s smart, she’s tough, she’s sarcastic, and she sticks up for what she believes in – at the same time, she’s got a temper and she jumps to conclusions. None of the characters are perfect, and the imperfections that are shown are realistic and true. America’s two suitors are equally well-drawn, and the other girls in the Selection work nicely to balance America’s thoughts with what’s really happening.
And for those of you who like romance – the love story is FANTASTIC. That’s all I’m going to say about that.
Spoiler-y rest of review after the jump
My favorite part of the book, however, are the hints at something bigger and darker in the series – things like the history of Illia, the rebel attacks, the fact that the rebels seem to be looking for something. On the surface, The Selection seems to be a fluffy novel, but the hints at the bigger picture and the world beyond Illia were incredibly enticing. This could have been a fluffy, girly standalone, but Cass has clearly done her homework in world-building, and the result is something much more important that just a dystopian Bachelor. There is real danger awaiting the girls. The next books in the series will obviously go darker, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.
I really want to read this one, but the waiting list at the library is really long. I'm considering checking it out as an audio book since there's only like 2 people on the list.
OMG, I know! I had to go check it out at a totally different library to get it.
Get it as an audiobook if you must – I'm not on the audiobook thing yet, but I bet it will be pretty good, anyway. My problem with audiobooks is that when I get a serious case of the TEABS (The End of an Awesome Book Syndrome – see: http://foreveryoungadult.com/lexicon), I can't go back and re-read my favorite parts easily.
I still haven't read this yet. I realize that it came out months ago, but my public library system has been backed up with holds, and I just don't have it in me to buy a first-book, because then I'll have to buy the whole series, and what if I don't like the end? lol. I think, judging by your review and most everyone else's, that it's a good read. I'm glad that it didn't get chosen by the CW, because I haven't read it yet! No little screen (or big screen) yet! lol. Great review! 🙂
I picked this one up regardless of all of the crappy reviews, and I am so glad that I did. I loved it so much. America surprised me as a character. I really enjoyed reading from her POV, and I enjoyed her growth in the book. I also loved Maxon. He was fantastic as a person and as a love interest. And the secondary characters were really well fleshed out. I am very much ready for The Elite, and ready for America to hurry up and choose Maxon already!
The cover is indeed stunning! I'm going to check out this series. 🙂
I just got my copy of this the other day and I'm dying to get started. It sounds like an awesome read.
This book is-a-must thing to read and collected. Has been translated into another language 🙂
This book is AMAZING! I read The Selection and The Elite and I loved it! I still have the hangover from this series even though I read it months ago! Kiera Cass is a great writer. I can't wait for The One to come out. I'm so excited. xx
A lot of my friends did not like this book or series at all. I do not know, I haven't read it yet so I can not really tell.
I've read the selection and the elite … are what most attracts the covers personally are beautiful concerning the books I really loved the first, the second not so much
the protagonist is indecisive or is it that I'm too anxious (seriously I want to know who is going to be) but other than that the two books are quite entertaining, having a frame very original or good, It is the first trilogy I've read such …
I'm waiting to read "The one" and already up for me and why not? latter surprised me
and I finished hooking of the trilogy
pd. stalker of Kiera? lol omg I did the same a full week after reading 'selection'
Thank you For the post!
i read this book but i am not fan of amerika…but i hope she would have a happy ending with the charming prince maxon…
I just LOVE this book's cover. I'd definitely read this and I hope I'd love it just as much. Great review <3
The way the author portrays America is probably the most enticing thing about this book. Also I enjoy the love triangle in the book between aspen, maxon and America. This is probably one of the best books I have ever read!
Document Dating Perforatort click here
I plan on reading this! fantastic love story? wow
I've seen this book around the blogosphere but have been iffy about reading it. I love the covers but that wasn't enough to pick up the book. Your review was the deciding factor. I liked your description of it being The Bachelor x The Hunger Games. I never really watched The Bachelor but I loved The Hunger Games movies. I also like that the series is more than that.
I have not read this series before but I have heard all good things about the book. This book is high on my TBR list!! 🙂
This book was absolute perfection. I loved this book and all the other books in the series!
[…] things to know about the next installment in Kiera Cass’ bestselling series (Spoilers for the first three books, but honestly, you wouldn’t be here if you didn’t already know a little about it, […]
[…] I suggest starting with light dystopian or sci-fi, like The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins, The Selection series by Kiera Cass or The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer – they all have a […]