Mon, March 5, 2012

The Selection by Kiera Cass Review

The Selection by Kiera Cass book cover

The Selection
By Kiera Cass

Publication date: April 24, 2012
HarperTeen, 327 pages
Source: Borrowed from Ginger

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.

— Goodreads.com description

As I write this review, it’s been two weeks since I finished The Selection by Kiera Cass. I’ve read, what, like five books since then? Every one of those days and after every one of those books, I’ve found my mind wandering back to The Selection.

Part of it is that it ends up in a cliffie – I mean, it’s not a spoiler; it’s pretty obvious coming into the book, especially knowing it’s a series. But most of it is that I just got REALLY caught up in the story.

So, pardon yet another Hunger Games comparison, but…it’s sort of like a girl is picked from her district, a la the Hunger Games, but instead of being sent into a Gladiator-esque setting…she ends up in The Bachelor! HOW FUN IS THAT?

Twenty girls are sent to live in the palace, where things stop being polite and start getting real. Interviews and bits and pieces of their interactions are broadcast on national TV as Prince Maxon struggles to pick one of the girls to become his new wife.

Like the audiences in The Selection, I was watching (err, reading) it all go down with rapt attention. I could not peel my eyes away from the book. There’s bickering and in-fighting and clandestine meetings and lies and secrets and OH MY GOSH WHO COULD WANT MORE?

Well, okay, so serious dystopian fans probably will want more. The Hunger Games comparison doesn’t go super far…I mean there’s not any murder, to start. And there’s not a ton of world-building.

I’m cool with that, though. Plus, here’s one more good thing: Prince Maxon. He is surprisingly sweet and clearly going to make a good king some day. He’s funny and kind and yeah yeah yeah I love him whatever no big deal.

BONUS: It’s being made into an hourlong show on the CW.

Let me pause for a moment for you to all freak out. Oh, you haven’t read the book yet so you’re not freaking? YOU WILL.

America, the star of the book, is being played by Aimee Teegarden (aka Julie Taylor from Friday Night Lights). LOVE THAT. She’s just going to be a pretty and nice girl … all-American girl so to speak, so I think casting is perf. Prince Maxon will be played by Ethan Peck, whom I don’t know but looks sort of royal (he’s Gregory Peck’s grandson, so Hollywood royalty anyway), so I’m down with it.

Really, I could go on. LOVE. Bye.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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  1. VeganYANerds said:

    I’ve heard really mixed reviews of this book and the negative ones have put me off but I am always happy to hear of a new YA tv show being made!!

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  2. ashley @ ashley loves books said:

    Despite all the bad press this book has gotten (for all the varying reasons), I’m still excited to read it. It sounds interesting and I adore the cover! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

    Also, one of my best friends is friends with Ethan Peck and she says he’s perfect for the character based on the series synopsis. There’s hope yet!

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  3. A. Knight said:

    I’m not sure about this book yet. I’ve read good and bad stuff on it, but I’m hoping to like it at least. That’s fabulous that you liked it so much! I’m very curious about how the story is going to go, and I’m wondering about that secret love of hers (the main character’s).

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  4. katie said:

    Ok – I think The Selection sounds awesome. Maybe just because I love The Bachelor (Courtney = in it to win it!), but I will definitely be reading the The Selection. And I thought Julie Taylor was a terrible character, but I actually think Aimee Teegarden will make a really wonderful America Singer, based on what I’ve read about the character! Thanks for an enthusiastic review 🙂

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  5. Alwyn said:

    I’m so glad you reviewed this! All I’ve heard about The Selection so far is news for the TV series. And while I am kind ridiculously excited that Ethan Peck is going to be in it, I kept thinking “BUT IS THE BOOK ANY GOOD?!” After this review definitely preordering it!

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  6. Andie Z said:

    Great review, Anna! I definitely agree with you about the world-building, but you’re totally right, sometimes it’s a nice change to read a less serious dystopian novel and just have fun with it.

    And I had no idea this was being made into a TV series. (How did I not know that??) They sure move fast, the book isn’t even out yet! Geez. Haha. I think this is PERFECT for the CW though, they’ve always done a good job with making YA books into shows. Looking forward to it!

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  7. Leanna said:

    Like a lot of others I’ve read a lot of mixed reviews for this one, but I have to admit, I’m intrigued. Since it’s been picked up by The CW, I might just check it out. I’m a slave to their shows!!

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  8. Ginger @ GReads! said:

    SO excited to read this!!! “where things stop being polite and start getting real.” – HAHAHAHA

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  9. Tara said:

    I love that you put the Real World in there 🙂

    CANNOT be more pumped for the TV show either! I sense a wine/viewing party in the near future…

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  10. Magan @ rather be reading said:

    I DID NOT KNOW THIS WAS GOING TO BE A SHOW! Oh, the excitement! And YAYYY for this book. I was just lent a copy and I’m *beyond* thrilled to read it! It’ll be coming up soon for me. Dystopia + the Bachelor = total win for me.

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  11. Tara @ Hobbitsies said:

    I loved Prince Maxon too! And I’m ridiculously stoked for it to be a TV show. And HOW COULD IT END LIKE THAT? hahahaha

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  12. Sash from Sash and Em said:

    So so so torn on this one. You absolutely love it and we have a lot of the same taste but I can’t get out of my mind all of the negative publicity the agent and author got for being so negative about my friend Wendy’s review. LE SIGH. xoxo

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  13. Darlene @ Leather Bound and Lovely said:

    I really can’t wait to read this book and I think it is so awesome that it has already been picked up for a tv show! That really says something about the quality of the book if it’s that desirable already! I am looking forward to seeing Ethan Peck’s acting because Gregory Peck was one of my all-time favorite actors! Thanks for the awesome review!

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  14. Lisa said:

    I love how much you love this.
    I think this book and I could be friends.

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  15. heidi said:

    Innnnnteresting that they’re making this into a CW show. I hadn’t heard that yet! I guess it makes sense given the reality show aspect appeal. I’m, curious how that will work with the series though timing wise. Still on the fence with this one, guessing I’ll be in the camp of people who hate it, but I still want to check it out.

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  16. reut said:

    I just figured out what this book reminds me of! The Purim story! (Purim = Jewish holiday, this Thursday.) YES! Thank you, Anna!

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  17. capillya said:

    Clandestine meetings?! References to The Real World? Lies and secrets? Ahhh the cliffhanger thing makes me want to gag, though. I’m not a patient reader. =)

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  18. Jasmine Rose said:

    Your the first person who’s made me want to go read it NOW. And I seriously do. I’m kind of sad I don’t have it in my hands now 😛
    I love a good dark dystopians with death, but I’m also down for a lighter dystopian read every once in a while too. Thanks for the review :]

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