Friday, June 28, 2013

The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection (The Selection, #1)
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In the novel The Selection by Kiera Cass 35 girls get one chance to escape the lives that they were born into and become royalty. All the eligible females in Illéa fill out a form, take a photograph and cross their fingers that they will be selected to compete for the affections of Prince Maxon. American Singer had no desire whatsoever to place her name in the lottery because she believed that she already found true love with a local boy, Aspen. Believing that they will one day be married she is devastated when he insists that it will never happen due to his inability to provide for her because of his lower caste.

To make Aspen and her mother happy America decides to enter herself into the selection, never believing that she will be picked. Everyone in America’s life is shocked when she is chosen to be part of the Selection, but even more surprising is the life that awaits America at the palace.

I listened to this book while riding my bike. Although the whole story is supposed to take place in a war torn country, the book reads light and easy. It is like many stories, a love triangle. One woman has to choose between two men, both whom love her intensely. The “Hunger Games” part of this book is pretty weak. America and her family are starving (but not really) artists. If you wanted to read the Hunger Games but found it just a little too violent then read the Selection because the same love triangle exists in this book but it is light and fluffy not bloody and battle scarred.

Overall, this is a fun summer book that does not take much time to read. The Selection by Kiera Cass is perfect for the beach or a bike ride.

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