Book Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

Title: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #1
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Book Summary:
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.
America Singer is a Five. And she is in love with Aspen Leger, a Six. Welcome to the dystopian world of Illea where the caste you are born into means everything. Prince Maxon is a One and it is time for him to select a wife. All girls can enter, but only 35 are picked to be part of The Selection. At the insistence of her mother, and encouraged by Aspen (if she becomes one of the 35 her family benefits financially), America signs up.
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!
I waited until all three books were out before starting this series, and I’m so glad I did! Once I started, I did not want to put this down! This is the first dystopian book I have read in a long time — I burned out on that genre a while ago…
Rating: 5 stars
Content: Clean, some passionate kissing, some mild swearing