The SelectionAuthor: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #1
Published: April 24, 2012
America Singer is a five, where they make a living through making arts and music. When she was made to register for The Selection, she wasn't hoping that she will picked out of the hundreds of 16-20 year-old girls around Illea. But it seems that fate has something stored for her when it was announced that she was one of the 35 girls who will be fighting for the love of Maxon Schreaves, the prince of Illea. Now that she's in, she's determined to stay much longer for the comfort that her family will get in return.
The Selection is a dystopian novel that revolves around Illea, a new country created after World War IV. The society of Illea has a hierarchy called caste system wherein the caste levels are determined by how they earned their living. The story focuses on a special choosing ceremony called "The Selection" where 35 girls from different caste will be chosen as candidates to be Prince Maxon's wife, and is told from America's perspective. It might have the heavy action that other dystopian novels have, but it does has danger lurking around the kingdom of Illea and I'm looking forward on how they will deal with the rebels in the future.
It's not hard to connect with America. She's a stubborn, simple girl who wants to do things on her own terms, but not to the point where she is breaking the rules. These are some of the traits that I love about her, as well as her caring nature, especially to her three maids. Though I admit that I sometimes got irritated at her and her jealousy for Maxon and Aspen, but I can understand why.
Two young lads are tearing America's heart apart: The first one is Prince Maxon, the epitome of kindness and all things that is good and is familiar among the lines of perfection. He can sweep off any girl with just his impeccable manners and charming smile. He's also the heir in the throne, considering that he's an only child. But to be honest, I found Maxon too good to be true (I am perfectly aware that he is a fictional character). On the other hand, Aspen Leger is a six, a caste lower than America, but that didn't stop them from falling in love with each other. Aspen captured my heart after reading a few pages with him in it. His love for America is brimming with passion.He is willing to fight for America's love no matter whom the rival is. It's sad how he didn't got the much exposure that he needs, but that little time he have in this book was enough for me to see how he is deeply and irrevocably in love with Mer. Prince Maxon did swept me off my feet, but it was Aspen Leger who captured my heart.
Kiera Cass's writing was easy to follow through, and because of the easy flow of the story, it was easy to get sucked inside America's head, as well as getting hooked into the world of America. It was also a great thing that the history of Illea was included in the novel.
For those who want a less action but more romance dystopian novel (though I know the 'less action' will be lessen in the next two books in the series), The Selection is a story with a hint of danger, an overflowing charisma and charm that will swoon you in no time.