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.
She has no intention to become The One. She doesn’t have a high opinion of Prince Maxon, and she has already found the love of her life, Aspen. But nothing is as it seems… Aspen dumps her and breaks her heart, and when America meets Prince Maxon he isn’t at all what she expected and they become really good friends.
I am not a fan of love triangles, but it really didn’t bother me in this book – maybe because I love all three characters! I love America; I love how she is young and doesn’t know the answers to everything but is constantly learning and trying to stay true to who she is. I love Aspen; he wants what is best for America and for his family and he works really hard to give his family all he can. I love Maxon; he may be the Prince but he is definitely as much a prisoner as the lower castes (just with better food:). Spending time with America helps him see what life is really like for so many people in his country; I love how he really loves his country and wants to do what is best!