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.
The Selection is one that I’ve heard a lot but never read until last month & I feel in love with it. This is a world that I easily got lost into. At first I thought that I was going to just end up like this book, it just felt simple but I was wrong, a few chapters in and I was lost. American Singer is a ‘normal’ girl to the point where she thought she knew what her life was going to be until she meet Prince Maxon. (Plus I’ve always loved the name Maxon!) I feel like I have to say that Maxon really helps makes this story a whole. There’s something about him that pulls me in as read, makes me want to know what is going to happen between him and American. I also enjoyed how the plot wasn’t just this competition, but about the government and the ‘world’s’ history. There was little parts of this story that I adored, like the penny in the jar, the pulling of the ear and letters. The letters were sweet as I once had a pen-pal so I understand her feelings of read the words on a paper from someone she cared about. This story has its own ‘mean girl’ she brings that ‘now day’ feeling in to this book, I believe that’s important, to have things that the readers can relate to. One of the scenes I enjoyed the most was when America and Maxon first meet in the garden. Over all this books wit, leading characters and writing style makes this a must read for me!