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 feelings about this run really mixed. I think Kiera Cass has an amazing writing style, and she has the potential to be a really great author, but there were so many things with this that were just… off.
The good things first: like I said, she writes really well – in terms of the use of language and style. I really mean this because despite all of the “off” things, the books were still able to keep me thoroughly engaged, and that is something I admire.
I think the idea of the plot was a pretty good idea – although there were a lot of similarities to The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, it was still quite exciting, and, like the author herself, had a lot of potential…
Unfortunately, there were a lot of things that I felt that Kiera just didn’t deliver on. 35 girls or boys in a selection? Where was the drama? And names like Tuesday and Tiny? I could get over the name America Singer, but how on earth is a book with someone called Tiny supposes to be taken seriously?
Besides that, I felt that a lot of things could be developed more. I would have liked to hear more details on how Iléa came to be, and things like that. The characters were so cliché! Prince Maxon, I must say, has the personality of a boiled turnip – which is to say, none. “You are all dear to me-it is simply a matter of who shall be dearest” – okay what-how-wh-wha-what even.
I found most of the characters pretty annoying, and what was that ending of book 3 – The One? The ending of this book and both of the books after felt really really forced.
Why is Eadlyn, the main character of books 4 and 5, considered a failure if she doesn’t marry or if she isn’t feminine? I find that pretty sexist, because it sends out a message that girls are incomplete unless they find love and marry. Not cool, Kiera.
Well, mixed feelings… Another book that I would only recommend if you have literally nothing else to read.
There is this absolutely HILARIOUSLY on-point review on goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/324812156.