Title: The Selection (The Selection #1)
Author: Kiera Cass
Format: Hardback (HarperTeen | Owned)
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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. (Goodreads)
My Thoughts: I have read this book once before, last year and re-reading it since i recently bought The Elite. I’m proud to say that I’m Team Maxon. Honestly, Apen is a chauvinist and that irks me totally. It just turns me off. I was thinking how can’t he have a little faith in America. I felt he was rather stupid because of his chauvinistic mentality, he lost America to Maxon. Even though America has no interest in him whatsoever initially, thinking his stuck-up. So our main protagonist America lives in the newly reformed America called Illea. Petty cool name for a country huh? And surrounding Illea resides the Rebels. There are split into Northerners and Southerners.. And in Illea they have a monarchy and a caste system. Number 1 through 8. The royal family are Ones and America is a Five. So their caste system not only shows their wealth but also their profession. The Fives are artistes they specialise in the arts. And America sings mainly and plays other instruments (piano, violin). Guess what her last name is Singer how nice. So the prince — Maxon is coming of age for marriage and thus they have The Selection to pick their future princess. The progress of The Selection is broadcast on their national TV so its kinda like a reality series.
When America got her letter stating her eligibility of the contest she wasn’t excited about it and found it stupid. The rest of the family found it as an opportunity to get more income as the family of The Selected are given compensation. And even if The Selected weren’t able to become the princess, they automatically become a Three. So in America’s mom’s eyes, the contest was a source of money. I know that Fives don’t make much money but just enough to meet ends meet most of the time except Winter. But how could she treat her children like money trees. They aren’t even at the verge of hunger. And if it weren’t for her money faced brother who left the family with all the money he made through his fame, America wouldn’t be in this position. Seems like he inherited that from his mom. And all along all those performances that America staged form young till now, she never got a single cent. Thats how selfish her mom is. I mean America worked for it. She deserve at least part of it. What kind of mom is she? Irritating. And trust America not to retaliate. Guess she’s not as calculating as her mom and older brother.
And I don’t like Aspen. He’s hot and cold towards America. Before he got his posting as a soldier, he was chauvinistic. Although America didn’t mind providing for him, he reacted in a way it hurt his pride. Hello, the girl told you she don’t mind so don’t reject her kind offer when she’s nice and come begging for it later. Okay yes, but you are now living in a time after WWIV has ended. Did history repeat itself or is he one of the few who looks down on women. Then when he saw America in the palace and him as a Officer, he said he wanted her back. He kissed her in her room and that puts both of them in great danger. It looks as if he’s into the physical part of their relationship. Yes as since America still had feelings for him, she didn’t reject him. But she later made her point that they are over. You go girl.
And Maxon. Oh Maxon he’s so sweet. He’s a forgiving person when America shouted at him and did not kick her out. He really is a gentleman. Ohh I wish that he would realise what Aspen has been doing to America and post him somewhere else.
There’s just so many nice things in this book but still I’m not going to reveal too much.
Rating: 4.5 /5