When I bought The Selection, I was a little skeptical about reading the book because it might be too girly for me, but I’m surprised that it wasn’t and explain why I loved it so much in the review part. I initially bought The Selection because I heard it was a very good book and it had a more than 4 stars on Goodreads. I’m glad I did buy it and couldn’t put it down. I read it in 3 days (I would have read it in 1 day if I had the time to) and bought the 2nd book, The Elite, today right before I finished The Selection.
Cover: Pretty, Interesting, Intriguing
Thumbs Up: 5
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont: Yes
Recommend: Definitely yes!
Book Boyfriend: Aspen Leger, Prince Maxon Schreave (Yes, another love triangle, but it was bearable with the story-line)
My review for The Selection:
I give The Selection 5 stars, but I’ll give the basis of the book first before I give my opinions. The story is a futuristic world after World War IV in North America. The United States isn’t the United States anymore because of the WWIV, but the US’s land and Canada’s land had combined and formed what now is Ilea. There are pretty strict laws in the country. These laws can range from a midnight curfew to intimate abstinence until marriage. Breaking certain laws could either send you to jail or lead you to execution. The country is ranked by status or castes represented by numbers. The higher your number/caste the higher your wealth is, and it is hard to get out of that caste unless under certain conditions, which I will explain after I explain the castes. The castes ranked from One to Eight. One means that you are royalty. Yes, that means you’re king, queen, prince, or princess. Two is that you’re just below that, but are pretty well off. Threes are usually the teachers and those who get paid better than the lower castes. Four contains all the factory workers and farmers, etc. Fives are the artistic types, such as musicians and artists, but are dependent on the income of patrons who buy their work. Sixes are the servants who are supposed to be unseen and paid little. Sevens aren’t mentioned, but they’re one step below the servants/Sixes and above the homeless or the Eights. If you’re lower than a Four, then you are screwed since there is no stable income! The 2 ways that one can possibly get out of a lower caste is through the selection for girls and the draft for the boys. The draft is for boys between 19-24, which is enlisted for the army for 4 years. After a soldiers 4 years, they get the status of a Two, but that’s only if they survive. The selection is for girls from the ages of 16-24 and only occurs if there is a prince needing to get married because of the laws. Royal princes and princesses work differently. Princesses marry those from other countries to keep alliances, but princes must marry a young woman from within Ilea. Which brings us to America Singer!
America Singer is the main character and her family is a Five, which means she lives in pretty bad conditions concerning food. She has red hair and very stubborn. She is the middle child of 5, and the oldest living at home. America’s older sister, Kenna, is married to a Four and works in a factory. America’s older brother, Kota, is a sculptor who had some luck with his art and left the house. Her father and younger sister are painters, and her mother and America are musicians. America can sing and play several instruments, so she’s a true virtuoso. Gerad, her younger brother, is too young to know what he wants to do. America also has a secret boyfriend of 2 years named Aspen but he’s a Six, which means he’s a servant. Aspen is the oldest of 7 and the man of the house who has to provide for 8 since his father died earlier. He’s the area’s guy every young girl likes to look at. When a new selection is announced, America feels forced to sign up, but she doesn’t want to because what prince would do such a thing as have 35 girls selected and date them at the same time. Everyone is urging her to sign up: her family and Aspen. She signs up anyway thinking that the odds of her being selected is extremely slim and if she does get selected her family gets compensation, which is needed financially. But right before she’s selected, Aspen and America have a fight and she is glad to leave. What would life be like for her at the palace? Will she get along with the girls? Will she get over Aspen? How will she deal with the prince? Will she be up front with her motives? What is Prince Maxon really like Will Prince Maxon like America? When will she be sent home or will she be one of the elite (the last 10)?
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