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.
The Selection. Oh my. While it’s not a complex and profound book, it focus on a problem that – even though differently stated – we are now facing, and that is the distribution of money and how people live with what they have.
This made the world acceptable and I was able to understand the society and all that jazz. Although I’m aware that the main subject of this book is the finding of a new princess of Illéa, that detail was important to me and I've found other subjects being slightly pointed out. So for me this book wasn't all about Prince Maxon choosing a bride, although mainly it was. Go figure.
America Singer is a character that sees her life change from a singer and poor young girl who is in love with a boy beneath her to become one of the thirty-five girls that might be the future princess and she doesn't want to at first. But we get to see her trying to understand what being there entails. We see her changing perspectives and I liked that it was subtle and supported by something, like getting to know Maxon. She is one of the strong and genuine protagonists that I come to love. She is funny, sincere and well, a young woman that make mistakes.
Maxon is my favorite character just because is multifaceted, not quite simple as it seems at first. He struggles with his position and the difficult choice he has to make and throughout the book is there to see how fragile he can be and at the same time how strong. I believe Maxon has much more to offer in the next books.
Aspen. I’m torn with this one. At first I loved him but always thought that something was wrong and now I’m not certain I like him anymore.
I liked the love triangle from America’s point, I mean, Aspen was always there and I couldn't overlook it but then she saw how bad she judge Maxon and things just sort of happened. It’s not like something was forced!
But it was obvious that Aspen would ruin things at the end – very predictable! But I agree this would happen eventually to shake things up a bit. Not that it have to happen at all, but ok.
So, the characters are relatable, human! The main events in the book are entertaining, funny, and add a bit of “action”.
I’m expecting a bit more of action, though, in the next book and less love triangle drama. I want to know about the rebels, I want to know more about Maxon’s parents. I really like is and am very curious about The Elite!