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.(Synopsis taken from Goodreads.)
So, I have a love-hate relationship with this book. On one hand, I love it. On the other hand it’s a bit too fluffy for me. But that didn’t stop me from devouring the series.
The story itself is oddly compelling for something so…romance-y. I normally don’t like romance, but this book is the exception. Even the love triangle, which normally makes me dislike a book almost instantly, just added to the draw of the book.
The biggest problem I had was the names. Take the heroine’s name. America Singer. Her first name is the name of the country long-lost, her last name is pretty much her profession. All the names walk a fine line between modern, old-fashioned, and odd. Maxon. Aspen. Gerad. Marlee. Amberly.
All the characters are a bit cliché, as well. You’ve got your confident heroine, your doting, obsessed love interests (and of course, both are described as stunningly handsome), the perky best friend, the backstabbing mean girl…all the normal YA characters.
But that didn’t stop me from obsessively reading this book. It’s weird. If it was written any other way, I don’t think I would have liked it. But I did. It’s so confusing.
Anyway, this is a good book if you’re in the mood for a fluffy, not-a-lot-of-thought-required page-turner romance. If you’re looking for something thought provoking, this isn’t the book for you.
3 1/2 Stars