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Thirty-five beautiful girls. Thirty-five beautiful rivals…
It’s the chance of a lifetime and 17-year-old America Singer should feel lucky. She has been chosen for The Selection, a reality TV lottery in which the special few compete for gorgeous Prince Maxon’s love.
Swept up in a world of elaborate gowns, glittering jewels and decadent feasts, America is living a new and glamorous life. And the prince takes a special interest in her, much to the outrage of the others.
Rivalry within The Selection is fierce and not all of the girls are prepared to play by the rules. But what they don’t know is that America has a secret – one which could throw the whole competition… and change her life forever.
I had heard so much about this book mainly from the book blogging world, both positive and negative. I had put off reading it because of the whole drama around it. I decided it was finally time to read it and form my own opinion. I’m glad I did, because I enjoyed it enough. I just feel that something was lacking.
The Selection is fun and light-hearted. 35 girls out of all the girls in the nation that applied to The Selection are picked to compete to be the new wife of Prince Maxon, going on to become the queen. I’m a sucker for bad reality TV at times, so I was tempted by this idea for a book and thought it would be a lot of fun. It is. However, for me, there are far too many filler chapters that could’ve been more action packed.
I can’t believe that this is labelled a dystopian novel. I haven’t tagged it as dystopian because I just didn’t get that dystopian feel from it. I like my dystopian novels to be a lot darker than this was. I think it could easily be billed as a romance novel. The only thing dystopian about it was the caste system in the nation from 1-8. I liked this idea, and wish it had been built on a lot more. We learn that our protagonist, America Singer, is one of the lowest castes. I liked the ‘Cinderella’ element of this story. The poor girl got to dress up like a princess and eat delicious food which she was deprived of in her ‘normal’ life.
I thought the characters were good, although some seemed quite under-developed. I didn’t feel like I knew enough about Aspen, America’s boyfriend of 2 years to really like him. America is likeable enough but I could’ve done without the constant reminders of how perfect and beautiful she is. Prince Maxon is sweet enough. I just didn’t form a strong connection to either of the male characters. Before I knew it, there was a love triangle happening which I found predictable.
The Selection is an enjoyable read, but I think (hope) the author may be saving more action for the other book [s?] in the series. It ended very abruptly without some loose ends giving much scope for the next book. I hope there are more about the rebellion attacks because they just seemed very random and unexplained. It was like they were placed in the book to give it a dystopian feel.
Overall, I did enjoy reading The Selection. It was easy to read and enjoyable enough. I’m interested enough to read The Elite. I just hope there’s more world-building and character development.
Would I recommend it?:
Aversion- Kenechi Udogu