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The Chance of a Lifetime: A Review of THE SELECTION by Kiera Cass

Posted by on May 15, 2012
The Selection (The Selection, #1) 
The Selection
Kiera Cass
398 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: April 24th, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: LIKED

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 the palace and compete for the heart of the 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.

   Wrought with elements of dystopia and castes of the past, The Selection is a delightful addition to YA. The characters are a flurry of dresses, attitudes, and hidden emotions.

   Its The Hunger Games in a lighter edition – no pain, no blood, and all fluffy sweetness. America Singer is a character who’s not as unique as her name, though she’s a character many readers can relate to, in a family where every meal is a burden and every penny is a fortune.

   The plot line is unique in its own way, though throughout the novel you’ll find uncanny resemblances to The Hunger Games, without the intensity. And with 35 girls in a constantly-rebel-attacked castle, you would expect danger and maybe even death, but Kiera Cass effectively avoids all things tearful and heart-pounding.

   In short, The Selection is an airy light read perfect to get your mood up and cheery. While the writing style isn’t as polished as would be expected (it hit the NYT bestselling list on the week of its release), it is definitely a debut you may want to pick up.

   P.S. The ending isn’t a killer cliffhanger, so all you cliffhanger haters, don’t worry.

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12 comments

  1. I still haven't read this yet. I realize that it came out months ago, but my public library system has been backed up with holds, and I just don't have it in me to buy a first-book, because then I'll have to buy the whole series, and what if I don't like the end? lol. I think, judging by your review and most everyone else's, that it's a good read. I'm glad that it didn't get chosen by the CW, because I haven't read it yet! No cinema yet! lol. Thanks for the review!

  2. I brought this one home from the library and after reading some not so favorable reviews I took it back without reading it. I felt like crap for doing it because I know better. I love books most of the time. Even if they get crap reviews. So I went back and got it. I read it….. And I loved it. I haven't done something that idiotic again! Thanks for the review!

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