Monday, May 12, 2014

Book Review: The Selection Trilogy by Kiera Cass

Release Date: April 24, 2012 - May 6, 2014

                                                 Publisher: Harper Teen

                                                 Received: Amazon

                                                 Star Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Summary (The Selection #1) :
                     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.
My Thoughts:

--- contains The One spoilers

At first glance, some might think "sounds like The Hunger Games with a little Bachelor" because it is. This series was a surprise. I never thought I'd enjoy it as much as this. It wasn't a surprise on how it all ended. The Selection trilogy shows the aspects on how "The Bachelor" and "The Hunger Games" can be incorporated together to make a world selling dystopian.

In the beginning of the series, America Singer kicks off living in a poor terrain. Her family's not wealthy and neither is her lover, Aspen. The selection is introduced and America meets Maxon, yawn. She selectively got picked and her journey begins.

I really wanted to start sharing my opinion on "The One". It was very entertaining and I finished it in about 4 hours. I had a few minor problems with the characters and plot, throughout the books, but overall delightful. 

America's choices sometimes annoyed me.The way America slowly changed her outlook of situations, I started liking her more. Some minor things in the plot seemed unnecessary. None of the things above were the biggest disappointments, but I would of enjoyed it better if it improved in those areas.

The relative friendship was one of my favorite aspects. The Elite being friendly, confessing, and sharing secrets was an obvious highlight. The relationship of America and Maxon was undefinable. "Maxerica" arguing made them who they are. They are the cutest and most broken things and I was left wanting more. 
"I saw it in his face. I was home." 
The quote made it feel that home can't just be a place. It can also be a person.

The Selection trilogy ends on a happy note (the way most people wanted it). Based on content, a majority wouldn't like it. But on personal enjoyment, I thought it was a lovely read. This was quite a ride. I'm looking forward to what else Kiera Cass has in store.



  1. I'm thinking of giving this series or at least the first one a try next year, it sounds really good by I've got such a huge pile of books that I want to get to this year I doubt I can fit it in :)
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

    1. It isn't the best written books out there, so take your time! Happy reading :)


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