Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #1
Genre: YA, Dystopia, Romance
Format: Published April 24th 2012 by HarperTeen
Source: Own copy, bought in Fullybooked
“Yes, Maxon,” I whispered. “It’s possible.”
Being 1 of the 35 Selected girls is a dream come true for any girl in the whole nation except for America. She wants nothing to do with the Selection, the Palace and especially Prince Maxon. She just wants to continue living her secret love affair with Aspen who is a caste lower than her.
But to her dismay, she was selected and meets Prince Maxon. He wasn’t what she thought he was at all. Her plans start to change.
From wanting nothing to do with The Selection, she starts to realize maybe she’s where she belongs.
Erika: I’ll start by saying how much I love the cover of this book. It’s what got me attracted to it in the first place. The dress is just so gorgeous! I’ve been wanting to read this for the longest time but I didn’t want to read it without having all the three books first cause I can’t handle cliffhangers and with my sister’s nonstop rave about how much I’ll like this book when I finally had all the books, the journey starts.
Miedjel: The Selection starts with America, the lead female, who comes from a poor family because in the world of the Selection there are castes from 1-8. 1 is royalty and 8 is poor as dust then the people in between. They have this annual thing that when the heir of the royal family is ready to get married, they host a Selection. Where girls all over Illea from any castes gets to enter their name in the Selection then 35 girls will be picked and one of those girls would be the next princess/queen.
Erika: At first America is so freaking stubborn that I just want to go there myself and sign the application form for her. Any girl with a beating heart would want Prince Maxon, I will not go on denying how much I love him so it annoys me how whiny she is. Just sign it, America!
Miedjel: America enters here name in this competition even though she doesn’t want to and you’ll find out why once you read this book. After her name is called as being one of the Selected girls her life turns upside down literally from being a commoner to being treated and pampered like a princess. America is very shocked and overwhelmed with everything that just happened I mean come on who wouldn’t right?!
“America, I’m suppose to be providing for you. It’s humiliating for me to come here and have you do all this for me.”
Erika: Aspen, I have mixed feelings about this guy. First, he shows so much passion towards America which I love then she makes a big deal about food. FOOD of all things. Really Aspen? That is so lame. SO I start getting annoyed with him cause hello, America just wants to surprise you and you make a big deal out of it and break up with her. Then of course, you’re going to want her back. It’s too late Aspen. America has ridden on the boat to Prince Maxon so just let them be happy and disappear. K. Thanks. Bye.
Miedjel: We have Prince Maxon who is amazing, caring and very cute. He is also smart and forgiving. I mean I love the other girls (more like a girl, Marlee) but then I prefer him with America cause their like a perfect pair you know and they have a very cute ship name— Maxerica I mean come on what would me and Maxon’s ship name be Maxjel? Hahahahaha!
“You ask for such simple things. I can’t deny you. But for my sake, only on Saturdays, please. Thank you for your company. Your Friend, Maxon”
Erika: Well, their ship name does have an erica in it just with a c but I’ll change it to a k now. There new ship name is Maxerika. (i try)
Oh. God. Oh. God. Oh. God. Prince Maxon. I’m in love. He’s so sweet and gentle and cute. I want to marry him. I want to be the ONE. (Okay, Aspen, so I kind of changed my mind. You go get America back so I can keep Maxon for myself. Deal?) I swear you guys when you read about him, you will more than swoon. You will quantuple swoon.
“Im sorry, America. I dont…” His face shifted a little. “Is this a good time to pat your shoulder?”
His uncertainty made me smile. “Yes. Now would be a great time.”
They start off saying that they will just be “friends”. Friends my butt and see who believes. Gosh, America and Maxon! Your accepting that friendship status is so hilarious cause I (and the whole world) know it’s not true and I don’t want it to be true.
The first time they meet. The kiss. The special treatments. Take me now, Lord. I’m ready. I can’t take how sweet Maxon is. The way he speaks… he doesn’t contract words and uses shall and calls them, “dear”. He’s honestly one of my favorite Princes so far.
Miedjel: Now, I haven’t really described America so here I go. America is a strong person and I like that she isn’t pretty, pretty like Cara Delavigne pretty but just normal pretty. America makes decisions in this whole series that for me is really brave but some may disagree otherwise… I mean some of the things she does I wouldn’t even think of doing.
Erika: America is the kind of pretty that she doesn’t know she’s pretty and she sings and plays all the instruments. It’s impossible for a man not to fall in love with her. You will just feel how pretty she is with the whole world saying it sooo good luck other 34 Selected. (Run while you still have the chance to stop the further humiliation.)
I feel pity for all the other 34 girls.. My message: You don’t have a chance. The moment they met. Game over. We have one girl her name is Celeste and she’s hilarious. She’s so jealous of America and so she tries to pull some stunts just to get Prince Maxon’s attention. Really pathetic, Celeste. I love you for the entertainment factor you bring.
We have the rebels who just keep on attacking. They’re obviously looking for something but what is it? It’s funny how they just suddenly appear and I’m like stop ruining everything rebels. Go away!
“Oh, yes. She’s still here,” Maxon said, not letting his eyes wander from Gavril’s face. “And I plan on keeping her here for quite a while.”
Miedjel: For me, The Selection is just like a chick lit. Care free, fun with a little bit of drama. So I absolutely recommend this book to you! I’ve read this like a bajillion times and I love it every single time. I still react in the places I reacted the first time I read it which for me is hilarious. SO READ THIS BOOK NOW! ITS WORTH IT!
Erika: I love how even though this is a dystopia, it doesn’t stress me at all. It’s the kind of book I’ll just be happy and swoony all through out. It’s like the contemporary version of a dystopia. The plot is very simple and that’s what I like about it! You’ll just really enjoy this book so go and read it! I have to say that I’m glad I’m not America cause believe me, if I was her the Selection would have ended in like Chapter 10.