Since I read “The Hunger Games” it seems like I spend most of my time looking for similar books: set in a cruel future, where everythig is pre-established and controlled by the ruling power, novels that show you the injustices that people live in tyrannies. “The Selection” covers most of these aspects that made me enjoy “The Hunger Games”, but it so much more than this.
Society is organized and you can’t go against the order of things (in this case the castes – some kind of social groups). In the midst of all the chaos America is only looking to lead a peaceful life and a way to marry her secret love, Aspen, which would mean her moving down a caste and living a poorer life. But the reality show The Selection in which thirty five girls compete to win Prince Maxon’s heart and the future crown of Iléa offers America a great opportunity to help her family forget, even if just for a while, the money problems that hang over them.
Once she meets the prince everything changes: friendship starts to kindle between them and America secretly starts advising him about who she thinks might be a good future wife for him out of the thirty four girls that arrived at the palace with her. America Singer no longer knows what it is that she really wants…
But the reality show has also become quite dangerous, with the rebels attacking the palace and the royal family. Prince Maxon and America will try to discover the reason behind these attacks, because they suspect that it’s not just because they’re unhappy with the monarchy works.
“The Selection” is the first of a trilogy. The second installment, “The Elite”, will arrive to bookstores near you on 23rd of March 2013.
It has also been confirmed that we might be able to watch “The Selection” on the small screens at home, since the CW has ordered a pilot episode to turn this best-seller into a television series.
Kiera Cass realy knows how to describe her characters, she does it so well that at the end of the book you feel like you know the characters pretty well and you know what will make them choose which path they’re going to take. Characters you get to know really well… but Cass also knows how to wrap others in mystery. The way the author tells the story sucks you in to the point that you won’t be able to put it down until you’re finished. From the first word to the last full-stop, this book was worth it all the way. Once you’ve finished reading this book you will understand why Kiera Cass has become a New York Times best-selling author.
My sister recommended this book and was once again spot on.