Here is the summary from Goodreads: 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.So, this really reminds me of The Bachelor. Does anyone else see the connection?
What I Liked: 1) Prince Maxon. He's described as being gorgeous and of course he is a Prince, but something about him struck me as...kind of geeky. How he's kind of shy, especially in one-on-ones. He claims to have never really been around girls, so he doesn't really know how to act around them. This just made him all the more endearing to me. I have a special place in my heart for guys like that. 2) The Caste system. I don't like it like, oh, we should have that, but I like how easily I was able to understand it. It was explained very well, and because of the simple number system, it's easy to remember as you are reading the rest of the story. You don't have to stop and think, okay, now so-and-so is a 4, what was that again? 3) America. There are a lot of things about the main character America that I liked. I liked how she was able to sacrifice things that she wanted for her family. Also how open she is to new things. This tiptoes to the brink of being wishy-washy, but doesn't cross it. That's a fine line, and Miz Cass managed to keep everything in control and stay true to the character she was creating for America. In addition to caring so much for her family, America cares for the other girls going through the Selection. Maybe it's easier for her, since she doesn't think she's competing with them, but she truly tries to help them while they are there. 4) Details. I loved all the details in this book. It made me feel like I was actually there, living the story with the rest of the characters. MAYBE THE PRINCE WILL CHOOSE ME?! Seriously though, I always love books with lots of details, because it does make book come more alive.
What I Didn't Like: My least favorite part of the book was when I turned the page and read these words: End of Book One. Nooooo!! Okay...pardon the dramatics. But I was so into this book that I had no idea that an ending was coming up. So yeah, it was that good.
Overall Thoughts: The Selection is a fun and compelling story with great characters and a unique, fast-paced storyline. I was drawn into the story from the start, and expect many others to feel the same. Take some time to check out The Selection, because it's well-worth the time!