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.
I saw this book a lot of times come up on Goodreads or Booklikes and it pretty good ratings so I finally picked it up and started reading it and I finished the book in under a day.
It is Hunger Games meets The Bachelor (though I never watched that show, but I know the concept of it).
I really adored America, from the beginning she was kind, genuine, smart and funny. I loved that she stood up for herself and did not want to change for anything or anyone. Not even the royal family or Prince Maxon himself, even if it meant she could have a much better live for her and her family. She even tells him that she is not there for him, and never wants to be with him. She offers him a deal that if he keeps her there as long as he can for the money for her family, she will help him find the right girl for him to marry. He of accepts the deal and they become friends. But of course she does start to fall for him later on in the book.
I also really liked Maxon, he seemed pretty nice and genuine and of course as predicted he is nothing like what America thought he would be. There is so much more to him. I really liked that he actually tried to change stuff to make life better for all the lower Caste after he heard how bad it actually is. I really think that he is a great guy.
While I liked and understood where Aspen came from I never was a huge fan of him. Not sure why but I just didn’t really care for him that much.
While I suspected to be there a love triangle but then things got mixed up and I thought oh maybe not. But then at about 80 % into the book it hit.
I really loved the book, it was funny and entertaining as well had its emotional site, I thought it would be a 5 Star rating but at the 80% mark when it changes to the triangle kind of thing , I was a bit disappointed.
And for while there Mer, actually made me mad with her actions. She was reckless and selfish I thought. But she see it and changes things around and the end actually had a little peace to it.
Overall, I really liked and can’t wait to see more of it in book 2.
I rate it at 4 ★
Some of my favorite quotes:
“I hope you find someone you can’t live without. I really do. And I hope you never have to know what it’s like to have to try and live without them.”
“I hit your thigh!”
“Oh, please. A man doesn’t need that long to recover from a knee to the thigh.”
“I can’t help it.” I sighed. “One can never help being born into perfection.”
“If you don’t want me to be in love with you, you’re going to have to stop looking so lovely. First thing tomorrow I’m having your maids sew some potato sacks together for you.”