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Book Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass


The Selection (The Selection, #1) by Kiera Cass
Genres: Young Adult, Fairy Tales, Dystopia
Short reaction: Nice prince/princess tale in a monarchical dystopian setting
Rating: 5 out of 5

Synopsis

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.

My Review

Also seen on Goodreads.

Fairy tale in a dystopian setting? Here’s my reaction:

First off, thinking that this has a mix of fairy tale and dystopia is also what made the whole story interesting. Fairy tale that it gave me what I felt for most fairy tales finding their beloved princess or princess-to-be, marrying a handsome prince like Prince Maxon then ruling a kingdom this lady never thought she’ll ever be – and dystopia for living in a futuristic world of wars against the Northern and Southern rebels mostly from the lower castes who are hungry for wealth and survival. The dystopian world however hasn’t been explored much aside from the warring of the rebels in the palace since it’s focused on The Selection itself.

The Selection, as the title says, is about the grandest event in the kingdom of Illea (the new USA after the world wars) where the prince will choose among the 35 Selected his soon-to-be-wife-and-princess of Illea. These ladies go through stages of etiquette and historical classes with co-Selected ladies, public appearances and sweetest bonding with Prince Maxon to get to know him and prove to him that one of them is going to be a worthy princess to win his heart and support him in ruling the country.

Then as one of the Selected, we meet America Singer, our lady protagonist who’s a Five (next to average caste Four; Fives belong to people who work to entertain through music and art) is the Selected’s crowd favorite despite her stubbornness, mood swings and temper which made her way to the top and to Prince’s heart.

It’s great that I’ve also read The Prince before this that I’ve come to know Prince Maxon’s POV about The Selection, The Selected and how he felt about them especially America. It made me like him more when he stood by his decision as a man to accept her request despite the circumstances. In saying this, I knew The Selection won’t just be a simple choosing and survival of the most educated and beautiful but an almost real life heartwarming experience. 🙂

Love of Characters

Hot is the love triangle between Aspen (America’s ex boyfriend), Prince Maxon and America OF COURSE!

Aspen – the way he tucks America in to hug her tight, touch and kiss her makes me melt everytime he sneaks in their tree house. But the moment he neglected her by his pride as a Six turned me down. I know I should feel for him when he should be able to provide more for America than she did but still, I can’t stand how he hurt her when The Selection is only one sleep away.

America – I actually love her for having a free mind and speech and being herself all the time even if she could be careless. Women who actually do this reverse-psychology thing with guys when testing them are those more clever and entertaining (ahem, and because I do). From experience, it works majority of the time to know how true is a guy but of course, we won’t miss to be majorly nice. No doubt, it also made America one of the strongest links to stay longer in the palace.

Prince Maxon – I’m team Maxon all the way and it may already have sounded obvious right from the start but yes even if I know Aspen has got more leverage for knowing and loving America first (and I appreciate their love so much), Prince Maxon just upped my expectations by the way he patiently waits, the way he understands America, the way he cares. He may have limited experience on the real life outside, and how lower castes feel than Aspen but I just love the way he’s willing to learn things unselfishly and openly.

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