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.
When I first began reading The Selection I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did. It’s not the normal book that I would usually read. I’m not a huge fan of romance books but I heard good things about this book so I thought id give it a try. For me personally, it was horribly cliché and cringey but somehow at the same time it was impossible to put down. The only thing that I cannot fault is the pace of the book. Being a small novel, it didn’t have many dull moments, probably due to all the drama of the selection which kept you captivated to the story.
The characterization for me was honestly so cliché. You have American Singer (whose name makes me cringe) is portrayed as someone who isn’t popular and is kind while other characters are shown to be mean, “popular” and rich. The characters in the book are the most cliché characters I have ever read about and that’s saying something because I’ve read hundreds upon hundreds of books. The friendships in the story felt so fake and the love triangle made me want to throw the book out the window. I was almost at the end of the story and I felt so grateful that there wasn’t this huge love triangle and then boom, there it was. Thankfully I was in public when I read this part, otherwise I might’ve screamed.
The way that the world was build was not done well. When I read a story, the world building is something that makes the story that one bit better if it’s good. Unfortunately in this story, it was anything but good. You hear about different sections of their world, their history and their system but so much is left out which made it confusing and quite annoying at times. You feel like an outsider, not knowing all the details that know. This might be due to the fact that the story is centered around America and that it’s only the first book in the series but I feel like the story would be that little bit better if the world around them was described in a little bit more detail.
Overall, I loved the book but at the same time I couldn’t stand it. The story had everything that I usually hate in a story. It had horribly cliche characters, an okay structure and was overall cringy but somewhere in the story in captivated you to keep reading.
Rating: 3/5 stars