My Thoughts: So, as everyone knows, The Selection has been described as the lovechild of The Bachelor and The Hunger Games. Well, I've never seen The Bachelor, but I HAVE seen Rock of Love. And I know that women on a mission for their alleged prince charming (or aged rock star) will stop at NOTHING when it comes to victory.
Published: HarperTeen (4/24/12)
Series: #1 of ?
Source: Borrowed from Ginger
GR 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 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.
Catty girls? Royalty? Rebel armies?! THE DRESS FROM THE BARBIE CAKE I ALWAYS WANTED WHEN I WAS A KID!? (But never got. Fail.) Count me the eff in.
Yes, let us all chuckle at "America Singer." She is a musician. Go figure. That's where I stop laughing, though.
America gets ripped away from her secret true love, a man of lower number than her (think different decks like Jack & Rose. DAMN those social class differences, always getting in the way of epic romancin') because she's chosen as a qualifier for Prince Maxon's heart. Basically, all these pretty girls get brought to his crib, dressed up real nice, and have a go at convincing him why she'll be the best princess ever. Except America is all "I don't think so," and gets a little physically violent and a smidge lippy. THAT IS HOT. He's the prince, after all, and he's used to getting what he wants. Challenge accepted. But surprise, surprise. The prince is a decent guy! In fact, I might want to wine & dine this book.
I wasn't expecting The Selection to be this much fun. I went into this with an open mind, regardless of all the pre-release talk, and I got exactly what I wanted: brain candy. Kiera Cass is quite evil to end the book where she did and, if I'm being honest, it felt a little incomplete to me. ALL BUILD UP. But the intrigue is in full-force and I can't wait for the EXPLOSION that the sequel will surely be.