by Kierra Cass
Summary: America Singer is a "5," a member of one of society's lowest castes. She is shocked when she is chosen as one of the 35 young ladies to be part of the Selection ... a chance to win the hand of Prince Maxon. This is a life-changing opportunity for any young girl in the kingdom (and her family), particularly one in a lesser caste. But, America is already in love. Aspen is a "6," but she can't imagine herself with anyone else. For her family's sake, America must at least begin the competition. She expects to be sent home right away, but is in for a surprise. Her future may not be quite as decided as she thought ...
Thoughts: I was drawn to this book as soon as I saw the cover. It's fabulous, isn't it?? It's been in my stack for quite a while, and I brought it to the top at the recommendation of an avid 8th grade reader. The Selection combines elements of dystopia and romance with excessive government control and high family expectations. It's a bit The Bachelor meets Matched with a dash of Divergent. I love tough heroines like Katniss, Tris, and June (The Hunger Games, Divergent, and Legend), but did enjoy this "girlier' twist on the dystopian novel. America is still a strong gal; she just appreciates a beautiful dress and a good pair of jeans. ;) This is a intriguing read, and the perfect addition to your beach bag this summer!
Read The Selection if you...
- enjoyed the Matched or Delirium trilogies
- like reality tv
- are a fan of romance novels
- like all things royal and maybe even have pictures of Lady Di and Kate Middleton in your bedroom or on a Pinterest board ;)
- appreciate gorgeous gowns and beautiful things
- fantasize about living in a palace ... even for just a day!