simple Five that she is, America doesn’t want anything to do with gowns, jewelry
and fame. She’s content with being a Five, singing and playing music to help her
family. She’s even more happy to stay with Aspen, her first love and boyfriend,
despite the fact that he is a Six and their relationship is completely forbidden
and frowned upon. However, with her mother’s insistence and at Aspen’s request,
America goes ahead and signs up for the Selection. America’s so sure that she
won’t be picked, but she is completely surprised when her name is called as one
of the Selected. Although America dreads the whole thing, she wants to continue
for her family. The money she gets for being a Selected is something her family
needs at the moment. More so, America is certain she won’t be staying long. But
she never learns and soon enough, America starts to see that Prince Maxon is not
who she thought he was and the more she spends time with him, the more she
learns that this lifestyle is something she could easily fall into and be a part
I absolutely became smitten and adored
The Selection the moment I finished the first chapter. The whole idea of The
Selection had me so intrigued. I loved what Kiera Cass created within the book.
The way she tied in old ways with new and modern ones was simply marveling.
There was the royal family, the other people in numbered caste system and rebels
attacking the palace that made this book really enjoyable.
As a main
character, America Singer really stood out for me. Before the being Selected, I
already saw the strength in America and her overall rebellion and knack for not
following the rules. She thinks for herself and she’s stubborn as hell and has a
temper to match. She’s really talented, being able to speak in three different
languages and the fact that she can sing and play various instruments really
made me love her more. After being Selected, I was amazed at how America stayed
true to herself. Even with the beautiful clothes and excellent food, she doesn’t
change who she is inside. America even tries to befriend the other girls despite
being each other’s competition, she takes some of their mean comments in stride.
It’s not hard to like the other characters in the book, especially Maxon. At
first, I saw him only the way America did: handsome, yet stiff and formal. As
she got to know him, I did too. He may be a prince, but he’s just a normal
person. Deep down, I could see that he had his own doubts about being the future
king. He has fears, hopes, dreams and things he’s afraid he’ll never have no
matter how much he desires them. The relationship that America had with Maxon
was unusual, but so nice. I liked how they slowly became friends and then little
by little they started to like each other more than that America and Maxon just
fit so well together. Their relationship is easy, satisfying and never forced.
They learn to trust each other allowing America to open up to Maxon, telling him
about the world outside the palace and in turn, Maxon tells her about his
duties, hardships being prince and his thoughts on the state of the country. I
also liked Aspen. He was charming, a romantic and passionate person. He was also
admirable and selfless, but his pride got the best of him. He’s only apparent in
the beginning of book and again in the end and I think his absence ultimately
hurt him in my eyes and heart. Other memorable characters was America’s cute
little sister, America’s maids: Anne, Lucy and Mary, but also a few of the other
Selected such as Marlee and Kriss were a few of my favorites.
Selection was downright amazing and brilliantly written. It’s no wonder I
completely immersed myself within this book, flipping through each page without
hesitancy. I really wanted to live in this world and experience what America
went through. I didn’t expect to love The Selection as much as I did and I’m
more than happy to have read such a lovely book. It was everything I hoped it
would be and then some. There is no denying that I’ll be looking forward to more
of America and her journey as a Selected in the next book to come."
--Jessirae of Words, Pages and Books blog