The Selection: A Book Review - Reading List

The Selection: A Book Review

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

There is something about a book's cover... it calls to serious book lovers... Do you know what I'm talking about?

Well not long after my youngest was born I headed to the library to find some books to read during the hours of sitting and cuddling/nursing that were on my horizon.  The thing was I had been out of the reading world for months, almost years.  I read only books that were submitted to me for review or those assigned for studies.  I was ready for something new, and I had no idea what to pick!

Then I saw this gorgeous cover.  I mean who isn't drawn into that dress! Especially as one who was lucky to get a shower, let alone clothes with no kid stains, this was a cover that was speaking to me.  I didn't even read the jacket. Just picked it up, and heading home.

A book review of The Selection by Kiera Cass on Reading List

Boy am I glad I picked this one up!

Story Overview 

The Selection by Kiera Cass is the first book in the series that follows America Singer as she finds her self chosen to be part of the Selection.  The Selection is a process in this future/dystopian society that once was the USA where the eligible young ladies enter a competition to compete for the hand and heart of the crowned prince. Prince Maxon is looking to marry before he takes on the role of king and as is tradition, he will pick from a pool of young ladies during a competition that will take place inside his own palace,  All those ladies selected to join move into the palace and learn how to be a queen while winning time and dates with Maxon.  

America doesn't want to marry Maxon, but she enters the competition mostly to please her mother. She is sure she won't be chosen to enter the actual competition and doesn't care because her heart is set on another young man.

The main reason why so many women even enter into the competition is to move up in the societal caste system that is in place in the country.  All citizens are born into a caste that determines their careers and income. There isn't much movement, really through marriage and extreme situations does one move up or down... 

This caste system is causing great unrest among the citizens, and there are rebellions forming. Of course America doesn't realize just how great this unrest is until she is in the palace... 

Personal Likes

I really loved this story.  It was exactly what I expected after finally reading the jacket... a traditional clean romance story for young girls.  America is sure she knows what she wants from life, but circumstances demand she make some decisions that set her on a path she wouldn't have chosen otherwise.

Overall America is very believable - a teenage girl in love who is pulled away from her dream.

The story was fun because it really is a melting of the popular show, The Bachelorette and The Hunger Games.  There isn't all the violence of the Hunger Games, but the need for position and survival runs steady throughout.  The competition between teens for love, well come on, isn't that just high school?

The Selection a Review on Reading List   art by: Danemar Calise

Personal Dislikes

There are many complaints about America as a character if you check out the popular reviews on this book.  And yes, she does whine, she is wishy-washy, she isn't the most respectful or polite character I've ever read, but she's a TEENAGER!  Have you met a teenager recently?  They tend to think they know everything and that comes across in such ways often, because we all know that teenagers have only just begun to learn about reality.

My biggest set back with this book was the amount of story lines in this first book.  I felt like I needed more background right away, and while it is certain to show up in later books of the series, I wanted more faster... that might be why I read this book so quickly.  So if you don't want to pick up a book and struggle to put it down, this might not be for you.

Reasons to Read

This whole series is topping many many bestsellers lists.  If you have a teenage daughter, an almost teenager daughter, or you work around/near teenage girls, there's a good chance they will have read this one, or want to read this one.  So wouldn't be awesome if you could talk to them about a book they are probably dying to talk to their friends about?

Before you throw this one aside as being predictable YA fiction, remember how great it was to read a book for fun?  This book is fun. Adults who are aware of the popular TV shows will pick up quickly on the themes and concepts that Cass pulled from when she created this world, and enjoy it.  Kiera Cass has a great way of developing characters that you will love and hate and groan over.  You won't want to put this book down once you start it because you'll be dying to know what happens to your favorite character next, and with a large group of catty girls as characters, there are plenty of characters to love and hate!

Reading List Rating

I have to give this one a rating of five hearts.  It was my favorite read so far this year, and kept me grabbing for the next in the series.  They all read fast, and are simply fun.

Five Heart rating on Reading List.... for The Selection by Kiera Cass

My Suggested Audience

This is aimed for teenage girls, and for the most part I think that is an accurate place to start. The subjects brought up in this book would fit right in with most teens school classes on history and literature.  So really any young girl would be the perfect fit.

The Selection would also be a fun summer read for any girl, no matter her age. It's fun to reminisce over being a young teen, and this book would feed into that easily.  Besides the story is interesting enough and the characters are entertaining.  Kiera Cass writes to really engage the reader. 

Have you heard of the Selection Series?  Have you read it?  Are you into the light, fluffy read?

I'd love to hear from you, please leave me a little note!

Marissa @ Reading List

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**** Image credit: Danemar Calise

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