The perfect book to get you out of your reading slump; The Selection is an easy read with a feisty and unlikely heroine, a complicated romance and some intelligent dystopianesque political angles in case your brain turns to mush.
America Singer is in love. But not with someone in a higher class, like Prince Maxon who every other girl in the country dreams about. No, America is secretly in love with someone in a lower caste. The lowest. So when a competition is announced, giving girls of any caste the chance at marrying the prince, America’s family won’t take any of her fake excuses to not sign up. Despite her heart already belonging to another, America is reluctantly entered into The Selection.
I know this sounds a bit like a bunch of other teen novels, the unlikely love, the secret relationship with a boy back home, the competition element. But there are some great unique aspects and it’s a lot less violent than some of it’s counterparts. Perhaps as a result, The Selection is much more directed towards girls and not so accessible as The Hunger Games or Divergent. Regardless, I enjoyed it and I know a few other non-teenage-girl readers who have likewise devoured this whole series.
The focus of the book is on the romance and the love triangle, but the context in which all this drama unfolds is an interesting dystopian society. Ilea is the name of a futurisic America, and one in which there are eight castes.
America Singer is a Five, which means she is an entertainer. She is in love with Aspen, who is a Six. America is bribed to join the Selection by her mother, who offers to let her keep some of her earnings if she enters, and she is convinced by Aspen to join because he doesn’t want her to miss out on any opportunities.
Entering into a royal version of ‘The Bachelor’ with no interest in the man on offer means that America doesn’t like the prince at all and makes no pretenses of being in love with him. She does however, offer him her friendship as someone he can talk to and soon America begins to become more and more conflicted in her feelings.
The books are an interesting comment on social structure and relationships and are fun to read. You can almost imagine it all unfolding like a reality tv show. So in conclusion, if you want an interesting and girly read then I can definitely recommend this series, also – they’re just really pretty!
There are now four books out of the five published, with the latest being The Heir. Cass has also published a number of short stories which explore some different perspectives and angles and tie in between some of the novels.
My rating: 4/5 stars