Tuesday, 3 January 2017

The Selection by Kiera Cass

Posted by Lesley Sackett Winfield

I enjoyed this quaint young adult romance. It was everything I ever wanted as a teenage girl and can imagine having many of the same dilemmas myself growing up. The Selection is a great book for any teen girl. It's a quick read, simple, and clean. Ultimately, however, I felt that it was a more realistic comparison to the teenage experience than most YA novels these days. It wasn't up to the protagonists to save the world. There were still adults in charge as they struggled to find their place in this dystopian society. There were real threats, but nothing that left me wondering where all the adults are. It was refreshing to see teens being teens, even if the premise was far removed from our world experience.

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.