Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Review: The Selection - Kiera Cass

Author: Kiera Cass
Series: Selection (#1)
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Pages: 327
Read in: 2 days

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

A Teen's Perspective:

So, let us start off this review by stating that we didn't see any of the ... not-so-good reviews, and comments about The Selection until we were half way through with the book. But even then, some of the reviews were good, while others were, again, not-so-good. Not because we want to "bash" the author, or take sides with the other bloggers, but you do NOT need to finish a whole book to be able to write a review on it. Opinions are opinions, and while other people may not agree with them, there is no reason for reviewers to be afraid to state their opinions about a book they clearly disliked. Any who ... now that our rant is over, we're just going to jump straight to our review.

The Selection was supposed to be a dystopia, kind-of remake of a Cinderella/ The Prince & The Pauper fairytale. Many of these elements were visible while we were reading and others ... not so much. America Singer is a Five, one of the lower castes in the country of Illeá. She is completely in love, with her secret boyfriend, Aspen. In fact, as soon as he's satisfied, and confident he can support her with his income, he plans on proposing to her. The only thing stopping their relationship from being open, is the fact that Aspen is a Six, and if America marries him, her caste status will be demoted. Not that she cares, but do you know what the worst way to die is? Your mother's disappointment. (Really, it's too much.) Life seems perfect, until The Selection. This competition gives 35 beautiful girls the opportunity to compete for their beloved Prince Maxon's heart.

Clearly, America doesn't try out, right? Wrong. Her parents (Mom) and her boyfriend pressure her, and guess what?! She tries out! To her surprise ... *Gasp* She’s chosen. Throughout the book America struggles between choosing a guy who can clearly relate to her, and a guy who she can spending the rest of her life with.

Good or Bad? You know what? We'll dish the bad out first. Nothing to fear, but fear itself, right? We apologize for the excessive use of exclamation, and question marks, in advance.

Okay well we have a lot to say, so get comfortable. Ready? Good. America Singer ... sings, and can play instruments. *Laughs* Would've never guessed. Okay, so we have this Selection process, which starts this whole thing. Everything's going swell, until BAM! The Selection, 35 girls, blah, blah, blah. America didn't want to do it, and doesn't she say at the end "I'm not choosing any of you. I'm choosing me."? So this is an easy problem to solve! Problem: You don't want to be in the Selection, and you like two guys, right? Solution: Screw both them, and leave the freaking castle. Pretty easy solution, no Critical Thinking required. We're definitely Team Maxon, by the way. (We do NOT like Aspen!) His pride is what got him into this situation, anyway! And then he has the nerve to ask America if she's in love with Prince Maxon? And if she is, so what? We don't care if this a spoiler, because Aspen screwed everything up, and honestly we were praying for a cruel scene where Aspen watches Prince Maxon kiss America, and Aspen either leaves, or kills himself. A little extreme, but she wanted one guy, right? Problem solved!

Finally, we're up to the good part. Good thoughts. Right. The Selection was a new type of novel, its originality, and characters definitely had us wondering how the novel would end. It's supposed to be a series, right? The most strong-willed female character we've seen in a while is a title we would give to America Singer. We were cheering for her throughout the whole novel, and to our surprise, not once did her character let us down. From the beginning we knew she wouldn't be the type of girl, to cower behind her boyfriend's back, but her personality just — it made us want to cry, clap, and laugh, at the same time. Anyway, we like how Kiera really gives us a behind-the-scene peak at Prince Maxon. It allows us (and other readers) to see him for his true self, which if we must say, IS HOT.

The ridiculous cliffhanger... Whoa.

Okay, so before we express any of our thoughts, let's just define what a cliffhanger is. Cliffhanger: adjective; a word used to describe something that leaves you wanting more. Usually used to describe a book's ending. Seems like a valid definition, huh? UNFORTUNATELY, the ending did anything, but. Not only was that the most annoying way to end the novel, but we're not even sure we're going to read the sequel! Its cover better be more alluring than our pillow pets, and newly ordered snuggies.

Honestly, guys, if you’re really bored, and can’t find anything better to do – read this book. Overall, The Selection was an original, cute, but extremely confusing novel. A lot was going on at once, and there wasn’t really a Princessy-vibe going on here. The question still remains, “Who will read the sequel?” We don’t know if we will, but right now the only thing The Selection REALLY has going for it, is its cover; everything else was OK – and just OK. The sequel’s cover, better have a magnetic attraction for readers, if any of the many disappointed readers, are to even consider opening it.



  1. I've been watching this one and I keep seeing more and more 'not so great' reviews. Maybe it will stay in the "meh" pile for awhile longer.


  2. Yeah definitely, don't bump it up, until like a REALLY rainy day, when your bored out of your mind, and have nothing to do. No problem (:

  3. I like that you both gave your honest review. The cover for this one appeals to me- and the storyline sounds interesting. Sorry it wasn't more enjoyable for you. :)


  4. Hey Fairday,

    Aww, thanks (: Honesty is the best policy, right? No doubt about it, the cover is AMAZING, but the substance was - ehhh. We were sorry too "/ (We were really hoping for a new lovable series ...)

  5. I was really thinking about reading this one. I think I will give it a try! The story sounds interesting to me. Thanks for the review!