TITLE: The Selection
AUTHOR: Kiera Cass
SERIES: Selection Series
GENRE: Young Adult Fiction
PEEK – A – BOO:
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.
MY TAKE ON THE SELECTION:
The book has a beautiful cover. It just pulls you. You end up holding the book in your hand. Full marks for the cover design 🙂
This book is good for those who want a break from reading a particular genre for too long [like me] or ones who love cute romance. It’s a light read. Don’t go thinking too much of the plot if you want to really enjoy the book. Trust me, I got through the book only because I just went with the flow and didn’t wear my thinking cap [rolling my eyes].
It is a onetime read. The plot is average. Slightly on the lines of Cindrella – A prince organizing a competition to select a girl to marry. Characters are average. Among all the characters, I liked America’s father, Prince Maxon and America’s maids [yes! the maids were really good and talented and behaved like they had brains in their heads]. Nobody else impressed me much.
The story was quite predictable. From the first paragraph, one can make out that it’s a poor girl meeting the rich guy. By the end of first three chapters you feel a strong vibe presuming the competitors being of all sorts – some being too friendly, others being snobbish… I could also predict that the former lover will come back by the end of the story. The only thing which I could not see coming was, the story being continued to another book. I was like – Seriously!!!
How was the author unable to wrap this story in one book? This question nags me day after day [pulling my hairs]. I knew that it was a series but honestly, I had just read the blurb of only first book. I was having a feeling that other installments in the series will be about a new girl. I should give credit to the author to stretch a simple plot of one book to three books. Wow!!
Anyways, coming to the main character, I can just say that I was disappointed with its character building. I liked the character in the beginning, but with the progress of the plot, she started annoying me. The annoyance converted into deep irritation when the author made her dally with her ex. In addition, there was no reasonable logic behind that act.
I couldn’t form any opinion about the other competitors as the incidents including them were very few. The world-building wasn’t good enough. Though Caste system was an important part of the story-line, I was unable to understand, why did it originate in the first place? What was its use? Was it based on the profession of a person or his wealth?
In the story- Aspen is Six, who generally are servants, but becomes Two because he gets a job of Royal Guard. On the other hand, there is Kota, America’s elder brother, who is a Five and is a very good artist. He aims to be a Two by continuing his profession of Five. Then there is America herself, who is a Five initially but becomes Three the moment she is selected without any change of profession or accumulation of wealth. [Can anyone help me in this? ]
Then the rebel attacks were mentioned in passing and were poorly dealt with. There was no reason given for the attacks and I was surprised with the security of the palace – How come they can keep on coming again and again? Aftermath of the attacks wasn’t properly done. It looked as if the author’s creativity for this side-plot got exhausted. [What’s the point of mentioning it in the story, then?]
Other than this, the book is enjoyable. I did enjoy the romantic moments. Kiera has talent of creating them.
All in all, the first book is a light read. A definite Chick Lit.
Hoping for the second installment to be more substantial.