By Kiera Cass
Book: Selection #1
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pub Date: April 24 2012
Genre: Romance, Chicklit, Young Adult
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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.
My Review: American Singer is the middle child of 5 and lives as a caste 5. Her family is artists and make a living by selling their artwork or by singing/playing for people. Aspen, America's secret love of two years. Aspen is a caste 6 one below America, which means the fight for food is even stronger, especially since Aspen is now the head provider of his family. The two of them meet in secret in America's tree house every few days at midnight. Breaking curfew is against Illéa's laws. The book starts of a tad slow until the letter arrives. A letter arrives for any girl 16 to 21 who would like to enter the selection and win the opportunity to become Prince Maxon's wife. American refuses at first but at the insistence of Aspen and America's mother she agree's and fills out the letter. Few days later Aspen and America meet again, but this time its not happy. Aspen is angry that America has given him so much food and for other reasons he breaks up with her. One week later the selection announcements come in and America has been chosen. Later all 35 girls are at the palace, where America begins rethinking her look on the selection toward the end. I could go on and on about this book but I simply cant give anymore away. You all should just read this book. For me it was absolutely one of the best books I have read in a while!