Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Selection by Kiera Cass

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 the palace and compete for the heart of the 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.

Publisher: HarperTeen
Number of Pages: 327
Type: Hardcover 

Reviewed by Alexandra, age 17

I actually really liked this book, which is surprising, as I am not usually a fan of girly or princessey books. I thought this book was actually very intriguing, and very fun to read! It is set in a dystopian nation, set up similar to The Hunger Games’s Panem but with a stricter caste system and instead of a yearly battle to the death, there’s a nationwide “The Bachelor” program to find the prince a wife – though that doesn’t mean the country is peaceful. Though there are many aspects to this book that are similar to The Hunger Games and other popular books, such as the love triangle which results in the reader picking a “team”, this was a very original and enjoyable story that I highly recommend to girls who have liked many of the recently popular novels and are looking for a different book that still has similar qualities.

This book is in stores now! 

Happy reading!
Alexandra, age 17

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