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.
I enjoyed The Selection and I felt it was a good start to the series. The premise is exciting and I loved all the girls, bitching, dresses, and glamor of the contest.
America came across well and I liked her – she was caring, compassionate, and not afraid to be herself, and express her opinions, no matter how unpopular or unfashionable they were.
I liked Aspen at the start but went off him pretty quickly after his callous treatment of Mer. Sacrificing their love and his happiness to give her the world? Totally on board with that. But I was so not on board with his about-turn once he got to the Palace. I mean, come on, if he was caught anywhere near her they would both be found guilty of treason and killed. So, I was not cool with him jeopardizing her life, safety, and future. I understand how much he loved her, but if he truly loved her, he would have let her go.
I really warmed to Prince Maxon and he seems like a decent guy, however, I wasn’t happy with his attitude toward Mer at the end and it was frustrating to read.
The biggest issue I had with this book was the predictability of the plot – nothing happened that surprised me and I like being surprised by a book. That said, I still really enjoyed it and I’m continuing with the series.