Book Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

I‘ve seen photos of The Selection by Kiera Cass floating around Instagram, and man, what a beautiful cover! A lot of other readers seemed to like the book, so I thought I’d give it a try.

Let me start off by saying that The Selection is a SUPER easy read. I haven’t read a book this quickly in quite some time, and that alone made this one pretty enjoyable. Nothing like mindless escape reading!

The Selection by Kiera CassThe Selection is a cross between your classic Cinderella story and a modern-day reality TV show, a la The Bachelor. This particular story is set in a futuristic society which is based on a caste system. The main character, America Singer, was born into one of the lower castes, and while her life is difficult, it’s not as much of a struggle as it could be.

Anyway, as the story progresses, it becomes obvious that America could make life better for her family by simply entering a Bachelor-like contest, in which she would compete for the prince’s heart. America enters the contest after making a deal with her mother, and she’s shocked when she discovers that she’s one of the girls who is actually selected for the contest.

The only problem? America doesn’t actually want to marry the prince, as her heart belongs to someone else.

Throughout most of the story, I really liked America, as she was presented as a strong, compassionate girl who knew what it was like to struggle in life a bit. I also liked the prince, as he lived a much more down-to-earth lifestyle than you might expect from a prince.

Admittedly, there’s not a whole lot of depth to this book, but that’s kind of what I liked about it. After reading a couple of more intense books recently, The Selection was a nice break. I enjoyed it much more than I expected to, and I think you will as well. You can find The Selection by Kiera Cass on Amazon.

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The Selection
The Selection Series
Kiera Cass
YA
HarperTeen
2012
327

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.

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