Sunday, July 2, 2017

The Selection by Kiera Cass

Title: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Genre: YA Dystopian
Published: April 24, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 336


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 parents gave me a copy of this book at my Sweet Sixteen birthday party, which was totally lame because everyone else gets a car for their sweet sixteen, but all I got was a freakin' book. It doesn't even matter that I love to read, because reading this book doesn't help me get around with my real life friends on the weekend and stuff. But since I didn't have a car, I had plenty of time to read the book. 

So this book was basically The Bachelor for teenagers, with just a wee bit more danger because people are actually trying to kill the people living in the palace, and that almost never happens on The Bachelor. But there is still a buttload of conniving and backstabbing from all the other contestants who all want to get that final rose at the end of the season. 

I could sort of relate to America in this story, because I've never had the desire to fight for a boy's affection before. I just don't understand why she wasn't allowed to beg off and just keep living her life. Why would you want to involve someone in the competition that doesn't want to be there in the first place? Seems pretty simple to me. Of course then we see just how dreamy Prince Maxon is and suddenly America changes her tune, like the corporate stooge that she is. I was probably pretty dumb when I was her age too though, so I guess I can probably forgive her. Good food, fancy dresses, and pretty jewels would go to just about any teenagers head right? 

Overall I give this a rose so that it can continue in the competition for my heart. 

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About the Author

Kiera Cass graduated from Radford University with a degree in History. She grew up in South Carolina and currently lives in Blacksburg, Virginia with her family. In her spare time, Kiera enjoys reading, dancing, making videos, and eating unhealthy amounts of cake. You can learn more about Kiera at, follow her on twitter via @kieracass, and see her silly videos at

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