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 was not the most amazing book I've ever read, but neither was it the mess I've heard rumors about. It follows It reminds me of a younger version of Pride and Prejudice, especially this concept of young woman being the 'way out' for a family from poverty. There is something to be said of the concept of marrying up in life. It is an old fashioned tradition, but the book was made to mirror more 'old-fashioned' ideas. There was something here, I just wish it had worked itself out differently. I was looking for more substance, and this isn't that type of book.
The world-building was lacking, I really don't like Aspen, one of the main love interests. The rebel attacks that are meant to add danger just felt like a smoking gun that never resolved itself. The pace and timing of events made it feel like it was running really fast...in place. We're still at the Selection. America still don't know which guy she's going to choose. It felt less like a cliffhanger, and more annoying. The book is done, and guess what. I didn't learn anything that wasn't already on the back cover!
Forbidden Love. Prince. Selection.
There is no resolution in this book. I have to say, that is a first for me. Leaving room for a second book is okay, but setting up a sequel so the precursor is unnecessary to read just seems like flawed writing.