Monday, June 18, 2012
The Selection by Kiera Cass
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.
I wasn't sure what to expect. I heard this was based off of a fairy tale, 12 dancing princesses?, and I had never read it, so I didn't know a thing. I saw a pretty dress and was hooked. I would have so worn that dress to prom. Anyone else?
I loved the concept of a dating contest, much like the reality television shows that have dominated the first decade of this century, ones that I am guilty of watching. Flavor Flav! I immediately liked America, one for her name and what it stood for, and the fact she didn't care that Aspen was a 6 and she was a 5. She wasn't going to judge someone based on their number, but on their qualities, which I believe is essential to a great heroine.
America isn't thrilled about being selected, but Aspen insists on it, and she goes along with it because she loves him. Except, right before America leaves Aspen turns into a jerk. In fact, I will say, throughout the entire book, I did not like Aspen. He's selfish and that is unacceptable for America.
Maxon, poor guy, dating for the first time, on national television? How embarrassing! Do you remember those awkward moments? Eesh, wouldn't go back to it, ever. I did love the first kiss. I thought the whole scene was super sweet and innocent. I loved how he dealt with America's funny moments, like yelling at him, and how they have a secret sign, and how quickly they became friends. I generally like him.
Celeste - what a great character to hate.
What about the rebels - I need to know more!
I will say, my biggest problem with the book, was the story just started to get juicy and "meaty" when it was over. I felt like I was being cut off at the knees. I need more. Like a hundred pages more! It may just be me being greedy.