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 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.