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.
I heard about this book through an online friend of mine, and then it seemed like it was everywhere I looked. At least three other people I follow on Twitter were talking about it, and they all had great things to say about it. So I decided to see what it was all about.
From the beginning, the story had me hooked. I love princess stories, and it’s always funny when the “princess” is a girl who wasn’t raised to be a princess. I love when a girl is taken from her home and dropped into a palace or important school or something like that.
Though we didn’t get to really meet some of the characters, the ones that we did meet were really fleshed out. I hated some of them, loved some of them, and felt sad when some of them went home.
(And I hated Aspen. Soooo not happy he’s back.)
Overall, this was a great book that captured my attention from the very beginning. I didn’t want to put it down for my class at the YMCA, and that’s saying something! I’m so glad that my friends told me to read this book -I can’t wait to read the next one! It just came out so I’m waiting for my library to get it back. 🙂
The Verdict: 5 of 5 Stars