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.
There’s so much to say about this novel. I don’t know where to begin.
Main characters are America Singer and Maxon Schreave. Told in first person from America’s point of view. It is a young adult dystopian novel, and true to all the other YA Dystopian novels available this is also a romance.
America is a very stubborn character, and she’s also a little prejudice. Then again she does live in a world where the caste you’re born into determines what you can do with your life.
Speaking of castes, I’m not sure how their system works but I think I got the general idea of who belongs to which castes. Ones are the King, Queen, and their family. Twos are the entertainers, like movie stars, pop stars and models. Threes are educators, and I’m guessing other white collar jobs. Fours are the factory owners and their families, even if they work in the factories instead of owning them, like Amberly’s family. Fives are the artists, like painters, sculptors, musicians, etc. Sixes are the blue collar jobs like housekeeping and other manual labor. Not sure what sevens or eights are.
Anyhow, back to America. She is just hilarious. No seriously, between her first encounter with Maxon, the incident that occurred on their first “date”, and other events that transpired between her and Maxon, I was dying of laughter. Also, she was a little predictable, or at least the novel was. She also doesn’t really care about castes, which is clearly portrayed through her actions.
Onto Maxon, shall we? Okay he is such a cutie-pie. And completely the opposite of what America was expecting. For someone who was raised with everything, he is so humble. It’s very hard not to like him, even though America clearly doesn’t at the very beginning. He has such a complicated relationship with his parents, I give him props for not being all screwed up.
I have a love-hate relationship with love triangles, and while I see the need for them, it’s just really annoying and it drags the story on a lot longer than it needs to be. That being said, I’m about to go into my native tongue, Spanish, because it’s the best way to describe this. Why does this intrometido feel the need to come and ruin her current happiness after he broke her heart? Like en serio? Who does that? Pero como puede quierer ser sancho? I’m so done.
So I’m really excited to see how this story continues because it has quickly become one of my favorite YA dystopian series. I hope you enjoy this novel and fall in love a wonderful series.
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