My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I know I’m coming to this series way too late, but I finally read The Selection as it was available on NetGalley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
The Selection is the Bachelorette (not that I’ve ever watched the Bachelorette) meets The Hunger Games, and follows America Singer, a Five (out of Eight) in a dystopian United States. She loves a boy against the rules – Aspen is a Six, someone who is not worthy of her because of his social status, and they meet after curfew in a treehouse.
Pushed by Aspen, who doesn’t feel worthy of her, and her mother, who dreams of what it could bring the family, America is pushed to enter The Selection, where 35 girls are whisked off to the palace for the chance to be chosen to marry Prince Maxon. Even being selected elevates the girls’ social status and changes their lives forever.
I really enjoyed The Selection – it’s a fun dystopian tale that doesn’t take itself too seriously (and that’s important to remember). It actually works in more alternate world history than many serious dystopians, and I loved America’s character – the fact that she has a boyfriend at the beginning of the novel, and seemed generally unimpressed with Maxon’s charms produced an interesting character, who isn’t swept off her feet immediately, if at all. Many of the periphery characters were a little underdeveloped, but to develop them would have taken the story off in tangents that it didn’t need to explore.
I especially loved how America seems human – she doesn’t get over Aspen easily and she doesn’t dive straight into another relationship. She’s a real fish out of water in this novel and her perspective on events is interesting and entertaining.
It’s important to note that this is more of a Part 1 of a book, with the next two instalments (The Elite and The One) filling Parts 2 and 3 – there isn’t a real story resolution and I’m glad the next two books have already been released. I’d like to see this story as a bind-up to complete the story.
Overall, a fun read that has instigated a need to finish this series (if not only for the gorgeous covers!).
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