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.
This book really is a mix of "The Hunger Games" and "The Bachelor" and I actually liked it. I know it's not for everyone but it appealed to me. I've read the Hunger Games and it was ok, I liked the first book the best and I've watched a few old episodes of the Bachelor so I guess I can see the appeal in this book. However, my interests in those have decreased over time. I'm not sure how long this series will continue but hopefully no more than 2 more books otherwise I think it would be ridiculous.
The heroine America gets selected to be part of the Selection which is like getting selected to be on the Bachelor. All the girls get selected to have a chance to marry the Prince. I liked America, she's smart and clever but her beauty may have been over-exaggerated. Everyone kept saying how beautiful she was. I get it, geez. >_<;; I liked Aspen for the most part, he's just a guy who wants best for the girl he likes but then does something stupid to ruin it and he regrets it. I wasn't really feeling attracted to Prince Maxon at first because of that but I actually liked him once we got to know him. He seemed like a normal guy but I really expected that he would be more like a pompous, spoiled, only-child, Prince that he was than a normal caring man. The other girls who were in high castes seemed to be spoiled but I guess it's because his mom was raised normally so that the Prince was raised more with care. Either that or he was severely sheltered, I mean seriously, he's never had a friend before? haha The author never really goes into the relationship with Maxon's parents to help clarify why he was caring instead of spoiled.