by Kiera Cass, Amy Rubinate (Narrator)
Audio Edition – Read June 20, 2014
Original Release Date: April 24, 2012
Length: 336 pages
Official Description: This is book #1 of The Selection series
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.
First off, yes another audio book, I spend way too much time in my car, but hey, it’s better than the radio.
Secondly, this is another book that drew me in by the cover, but the controversy kind of turned me off of the book for a while. I had such low expectations for this book that there was no way it could disappoint me. I did not go into this book expecting a great piece of literature. I expected some light, fluffy, teen read…and that is what I got.
That is what this book is, it just fluff, don’t get me wrong, fluff is fun sometimes. Fluff is especially awesome when you’re a young teenage girl dreaming about being whisked away to fall in love with a handsome prince, be spoiled, wear fantastic clothes, and hey, if you get sent home, you have a higher rank in life. Now if you’re still here I can’t promise that there won’t be some minor spoilers below, because, well there are some things that just got under my skin.
If you were wondering what this book boils down to, it is the bachelor with more severe stakes. More severe because you are thrown into a lottery, only one person in your region is selected and there are 35 regions. So 35 women to one prince, and the winner will be the princess. This book takes you from point 1 to point 2 narrowing 35 down to the “Elite” which is the “Top 10” picks. There are 3 books, as of now, that take you through this contest. The rules are some craziness. If you happen to be pulled into the contest in love with someone else, then act on that love, i.e. love letters, not being a virgin, etc. Then you’ve committed treason and you DIE! DIE! It’s all casually said cause you know now that you’re part of this game show you are owned by the government. You are government property….awesome. Well, let’s learn about the history in this post world war 4 society…oh wait, you aren’t allowed to have history books? Well, let’s just guess then. There are 8 casts 1 is the royal family, 2 seems to be soldiers,models and I don’t know what else, but they are well to do. 3s are also pretty high up there this cast includes teachers. I don’t really know what 4s do, but this is the cast that begins the decline and we’re heading toward poverty now. 5s (this is America’s class) are artists, musicians, etc. This cast depends on the patronage of higher casts and often go hungry, they have no luxuries, but usually get by most of the time. 6’s these are your servants, maids, lawn men, they blend in and often are starving. Sevens, I don’t know and 8’s are the bottom feeders, the homeless etc. Why are there casts? Beats the heck out of me. What is the history of this country…no clue, they give a general lessons, but who knows.
So while the selection is going on and America is all, “I will never like you Maxon, but let’s be best buddies.” There are rebel attacks, a super catty terrible girl (there is only one) and the only person who can’t see she’s awful is Maxon (and parents). It is obvious that they are going to draft Aspen, America’s first love who dumped her, and put her into precarious situations. Ok, so overall the book is entertaining. Don’t think about it, don’t think about the weird gaping holes in the story, just go with it, otherwise you might not like it. It’s got beautifully sweet moments
“I hope you find someone you can’t live without.I really do. And I hope you never have to know what it’s like to have to try and live without them.”