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.
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Honestly- I knew about this book from the day it was published. But the summary sounded sooo bad. It sounded like some show full of girls fighting over a guy. It just didn’t appeal to me as something that I would like. 2 weeks ago, I decided, “Eh, why not?”
This book was not what I expected AT ALL. America is such a beautiful character, inside and out. In a future America- haha, funny- the citizens are divided into castes. America’s family is a Five, three steps away from extreme poverty. America’s mother urges her to enter the Selection, because she miiight win, and even if she doesn’t her status would be raised. Also, for every week she’s at the palace her family would get a much needed check.
The circumstances that bring her into the Selection is so ironic. Aspen, her secret love, asks her to sign up. He says that it would kill him if she didn’t because of him. She argues, saying that the chances of her getting picked were slim to none- and she doesn’t want to do it anyway. Aspen doesn’t give up, telling her to put her name in if the chances of her getting selected were one in a million. Also, Aspen soon breaks up with her because he says that he hates being the lesser one (his caste is Six) in the relationship.
You know how books are written. Suprise! America Singer is selected and whisked off to the palace. With her first unexpected encounter with Prince Maxon- *heart eyes*- she makes it clear to him that she doesn’t want to be here, and that she won’t ever love him. So she offers to be his friend and help him find a wife, if he allows her so stay for as long as possible; since their family needs the money.
BUT THAT’S NEVER HOW BOOKS WORK RIGHT??? Maxon and America eventually, slowly fall for eachother. America holds back- she still has feelings for Aspen, despite the break up. And Maxon is conflicted too, since there’s 35 other girls in the palace. Weird. But his first kiss is with her and it’s so cute!
Oh, and Aspen gets enlisted in the army and he’s stationed as palace guard!!! At America’s door!!!!! Wow!!! Unexpected!!!!
Also, REBELS! ATTACK! THE! PALACE! SECRET DOORS AND ROOMS AND SHIT.
Guys, just pick up this book right now. It’s not what you think it is, it’s 100% better. Add this to my list of books I read in one sitting. It’s suspenseful, Kiera Cass’s writing is amazing, the characters are developed really well- all around amazing amazing amazing.
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That’s it for now, until next time!!✨