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The Selection (edition 2012)

by Kiera Cass

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Title:The Selection
Authors:Kiera Cass
Info:HarperTeen (2012), Hardcover, 336 pages
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The Selection by Kiera Cass

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    Matched by Ally Condie (Aleana, BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: Both of these series have young teens involved in a rigorous selection process to be matched with their future spouse. Political intrigue and the darker side of these dystopian societies set on a future earth add intensity and action.
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    Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Aleana)
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    Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult (Pluederhausen)
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The selection is about a girl, America, who is a five in the eight level caste system, and Maxon the prince, a number one in the caste. These two meet at the selection. The selection is a chance for the prince to choose a bride out of 35 women. Anyways, America is a girl who doesn't have it all, but the one thing she had, she lost. America Singer had a boyfriend she loved dearly, and was ready to marry. This boyfriend however wanted her to have a better life than he could give her, and told her to put her name in the selection. As you could probably guess, she was chosen, and he was drafted. After she got to the palace, America started to fall in love with Maxon. Just as this started to happen this, ex-boyfriend, now showed up as a guard for the palace, and he was stationed right outside her door. As you could probably imagine, this complicated things and that is what the next book is about.

You probably have already heard of this book. Many girls have read it, but I never had any real interest to until I was forced to read this book. However I am glad that I was forced to read this book, but towards the end you could start predicting what would happen. There was a lot of drama, but their was also romance. As I said the drama started to become predictable but the romance stayed interesting. I had friends spoil some of the book for me, but if anyone else reads it, I hope they don't find it as predictable as I did.
  AbigailH.BG3 | Jun 2, 2017 |
I am giving this book five stars, because it definitely deserves them. Kiera Cass is a great author, and she has got me hooked on the Selection series! The Selection is a very interesting, and entertaining book, that will let your imagination go wild. I would definitely suggest this book to people that maybe don't like to read very much. It’s funny, because I am one of those people, and thanks to my friends, the book landed into my hands. I do not regret that at all! This is an awesome book.

The Selection is about a girl named America Singer, whose cast is a six. During this time there is a competition going on in Illea her home town. The competition is about the prince of Illea, prince Moxon. Girls at the age of six-teen would get a letter in the post, and would fill it out and send it to the palace. The whole point of this is for prince Maxon to find a wife, a strong powerful woman. Only thirty-five girls would be selected, and would be brought to the palace to meet the prince. America’s mom is forcing her to sign up for it so that the family will get some money. The problem is that America is in love with Aspen her boyfriend, but Aspen is and eight, so he also encourages her to sign up. Soon enough America fills out the form thinking she won't be picked anyway. Unfortunately for her, she is picked as one of the thirty-five girls. America isn't even in love with the prince, and she doesn't want to marry him. But as time passes America and Maxon become good friends, and end up falling in love with each other. ( )
  IsabelG.B1 | May 24, 2017 |
I enjoyed this story very much. I liked America who really didn't want to win the handsome prince preferring the boy of the lower caste that she has known and loved for years. But he pressures her into signing up by convincing her that he would feel guilty if she let the opportunity pass her by. She is also being pressured by her mother who loves her but wants her to better herself it it is possible. America signs up never believing that she would be one of the thirty-five girls chosen as potential mates for the prince.

Once chosen, she is still determined not to marry the prince. She has a distorted vision of who he is. It isn't until he comes to her rescue when she is having a panic attack that she learns that the prince isn't at all who she thought he was. She still doesn't want to marry him, but she offers to be his friend. Friends are something neither of them have had before.

This was an interesting society where people are born into castes which dictate what sort of job is available to you. America's caste is composed of artists of various kinds. America is a singer and plays lots of instruments. Aspen, her first love, is one caste lower and is in service to anyone who will hire him. None of the lower castes, America's or Aspen's have enough to eat. That is one incentive for America to take part in the Selection, the meals at the palace are far beyond what she can get at home.

Life isn't idyllic at the palace. There is some rivalry between the girls who are competing for the prince though most of them do become friends. There is the requisite mean girl in the story who makes life harder for America than it would have to be. But the main problem is rebels who attack the palace. There are two factions - the North and the South. One faction seems to be searching for something in the palace and the other just seems bent on destruction.

This was a great beginning to a series and I am eager to read more books to find out what happens to America and which boy she chooses. I'm rooting for the prince. ( )
  kmartin802 | Apr 13, 2017 |
Amazing but defiantly for older readers ( )
  eoiseknight | Mar 16, 2017 |
I would suggest this book to anyone who likes drama and royalty. This is the first book in the series of three.

The Selection is about how whenever the prince of the country called Ilea becomes of age to get married they have a contest and they pick one girl form every province to come to the palace and become one of the selected. Being selected is a really big thing in Ilea. Once you are selected you get to go to the palace and compete to become the next princess of Ilea. So this story is about one of the selected girls and her name is America. Before America entered the contest she had a secret boyfriend. America thought that the whole selection was stupid and so she didn't want to enter. One night when she secretly crept outside to meet her boyfriend he bribed her into entering. The next morning her mom came into her room and also bribed her. Her mothers bribe was that she could keep the money she earned when ever she had a solo performance and that she could start doing solo performances. So America signed up and after the next two weeks that Friday the special news report called the Report came on and that was when they announced who was going to be the selected from their province. When the reporter said America's name the rest of her family jumped up and started to cheer wile America just sat there shocked. The next week was full of different items preparing her for the palace. When that week was done America had a farewell in her town square. After she had her farewell she was driven to the airport. Once she got to the palace everyone got to meet the prince. This was Prince Maxon's first time seeing all the selected girls. When the girls got there once they meet the prince and then were whisked away to the women's room in the palace. Once they were in the women's room they had to get princes ready. After each one was ready they got their picture taken and then went to their new rooms. When America got to her room she met her maids and their names were Anne, Lucy, and Mary. A few weeks later the palace was attacked by rebels and when that happened America brought her maids with her down to the room where the royal family was to be stationed in case this were to happen. Everyone thought that she was crazy but America didn't care the only thing that she cared about was the safety of her maids. A few weeks passed and on one of America's and Maxon's dates they went to the movie theater in the palace. While they were walking towards the doors they heard a sudden gasp and sure enough it turned out to be Aspen, America's former secret boyfriend. When Maxon asked the guard to step forward and Aspen did Maxon started having a conversation and then put Aspen on the night duty station in front of America's bedroom door. At the end of the book Maxon came to a decision that it was time to make a decision on the Elite but instead of ten girls he narrowed it down to six. That is when America finally realizes that she is exactly where she ought to be among one of the Elite. ( )
  ellas.bg3 | Mar 13, 2017 |
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The opportunity to be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and pricelss 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, and leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she begins to realize that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.
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The opportunity to be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and pricelss 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, and leaving her home to enter a fierce cmpetition for a crown she doesn't want. Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she begins to realize that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.… (more)

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