14 Jun 2016

Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

Goodreads synopsis:

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.

My experience with The Selection: 

I went into this book completely and utterly blind. After receiving The Crown from Harper Collins NZ (Thanks for that!) I decided it was about time I gave these books a go, especially since when I posted about them on Instagram over 100 people demanded I get to reading them ASAP! All I really knew about the series was that it's kind of like the television show The Bachelor, which I've never seen, and that no one likes the character America. So of course I dived right in.

This review is going to be really short and sweet! I did go in thinking I was going to thoroughly dislike America, I mean, half the people who were recommending the series to me were saying things like "Just ignore America!" and to be honest, I found her quite enjoyable right up until the last few chapters. It wasn't until then that I was like "WHAT THE HECK AMERICA, WHAT ARE YOU DOING!??!?!" but I digress... These kinds of characters have to happen, otherwise, where would the drama be in the book? It'd be incredibly boring if every character did and said everything you expected them to do and say. So yes, she bugged me in the last few chapters, but until then, I found most of her decisions to be understandable ones.

Maxon, the love interest, was so freaking cute I couldn't handle it. There were only a few moments in the book when I questioned him, but for the rest of the book I could have been in love and I think that's how a lot of people feel when they read these books.

I know that this book is described as 'dystopian', which is something I love, but it obviously wasn't. When I began reading I didn't even know it was considered a dystopian until someone pointed it out to me, I just thought "This is a fantasy" and kept reading. The best way I can describe this book is 'a shell of a dystopian book' it has all the themes and beginnings of a normal dystopian (think the Hunger Games, just for reference) but it's really not at all like a dystopian. For me, it wasn't a disappointment because I wasn't expecting that kind of genre, but I can understand how other people who thought it was would be disappointed.

The writing style is lovely, I ended up hating and loving some of the other 34 girls, but basically, all I want is more of this story line. I had to force myself to put down The Elite because I didn't want to confuse where The Selection ended and The Elite began. As soon as I've shared my thoughts here I'll be back to reading! (Please can someone tell me when the best time to read the short stories are? I have the complete collection in one book)

In the end, this was an extremely easy read. I basically read the entire thing in 4 or 5 hours and it hardly felt like that at all. It's the kind of series that sucks you in, even though you're worried you've guessed the outcome and you'll be underwhelmed when you're right. I will be recommending this book for sure, and since The Siren by Kiera Cass was one of my favourite books ever, I believe I'll be giving everything she writes a go from now on! I gave this book 4/5 stars  (★★★★☆) - I can't wait to see what happens next!

About the author:

"I am a graduate of Radford University with a B.S. in History. I grew up in South Carolina and currently live in Christiansburg, Virginia with my electrical engineer hubby, car-obsessed son, and princess-loving daughter. I'm a #1 New York Times bestseller, woohoo! I'm also a valued customer at my local cupcake shop." 

100 things Kiera Cass loves: 
Being married. Cake. The smell of Autumn. Motherhood. Books. Elephants. Back rubs. On demand movies. Actually going out to movies. Faith. Cinnamon rolls. My family. Butterflies. When my kitchen is clean. Crayons. Pink. Tote bags. Dancing. Organizing via color coordination. That my wedding dress was tea length, not floor. Baking. My house. Writing utensils. Paper. India. The sound of water. Making videos. Buttons. The word Episcopalian. Making people laugh. Layering clothes. British accents. Pinterest. Animation. Fireworks. The smell of the Ocean. My wedding rings. Aprons. Reasons to get dressed up. Sex. Pop music. Stars. Taking walks. Daydreaming. Stickers. School Spirit. My friends. Living in a small town. Japan. Singing. Painting my toenails. Pranks/ practical jokes. Painting. Stretch canvas. Costumes. Dipping my fingers in melted wax. Style. Soda. Spending an hour typing at a coffee shop. Musicals. Back to school season. Mopeds. Good hair days. Naps. Not walking up but looking at a beautiful staircase. Driving alone. My ankles. Playlists. Spending entire days in pajamas. Holidays. Telling stories. Spontaneity. Theme parks. Bookshelves. The word copacetic. Boxes. Empty journals. Surprises. Doing things in groups. Doing things alone. Getting real mail. Decorating. Small forks. A good hug. Gift cards. New Years Goals. Going out to dinner. When someone else remembers some great story about me/us that I’ve forgotten. Toy stores. Fireplaces. Breakfast foods. Journaling. Crying for a good reason. Doorbells. Pointless adventures. Voting. My birthday. Reasons to make wishes. Recycling.

Keeping up with the author:

Website // Goodreads // Twitter // Instagram // YouTube 

Thanks for reading guys! I'd love to hear your (non-spoiler) thoughts on The Selection and the rest of the books in the series down below. I hope you enjoyed this quick review!

1 comment :

  1. I would read the short stories before the Elite or after it, but definitely before reading The One.