Title: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Released On: April 24, 2012
Read from: May 7-8, 2012
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 the palace and compete for the heart of the 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 really don't know why I like these Bachelor types of contests in novels. I don't approve of the show- especially the dating lots of girls/guys at the same time, and all those charades. But in "The Selection" there's a deeper reason why this kind of choosing must happen. As you've read in the summary, thie setting of the story happens after world war 3 and how the US was captured by China and how it finally gained back liberty and renamed itself as Illea, and became a monarchy political society. It's quite a bold thing to do actually for Kiera Cass to have some info applied to her book. Since China is a booming country now, and you might not know that these kind of ings entered the mind of their leaders..maybe even throug this book. Not impossible!
Anyway, from thwe very start it was so obvious that America Singer, the one narrating the story, secures an important character in the book, since she's the one narrating, duh! I kinda like her though, and how Cass made it to be that she's not a first timer in love. By the time Maxon the Prince came inside the picture, I was pining for both of them to end upnwith each other, because isn't this what this is all about? I turned out to be so wrong because there's so many things hidden beneath the words of the author and the concept of "the Selection".
For me personally, it's somehow related to the current economic status of every country in the world, and these kinds of wRs and mutinies are really not far from happening. Another thing is hpw we take for granted our freedom. This is made rwalize on us when the caste system is enforced in the book. Romantically, I quite concluded that I still despise girls confused with their feelings, like Calla of the Nightshade series. I sure hope America will choose soon and figure it out before I'll hate her. Lol.
The ending was fittingn but so much cliff hanging. There was so much stuff that were still on the gray areas and are still unfinisged. But for a first book in the trilogy, this made quite a mark on me enough that I am eager for the next book.
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