I remember reading an extract of this on my Kindle a few years ago, but never got round to purchasing it. Finally, I now have all three books checked out from my local library.
When the prince of Illéa, Maxon Schreaves, comes of age, an eligible woman from each province is entered into the Selection: a reality-show-type competition where the prince’s wife is to be found.
America Singer is against everything about the Selection from the very start. She doesn’t want to be a princess, she just wants to marry Aspen. But things get a bit complicated, and America finds herself inside the palace along with dozens of other girls.
At first, she doesn’t want anything to do with Prince Maxon. In her eyes, he was nothing more than a stiff, stuck up rich-kid. But their friendship soon blossoms, and America finds herself wondering where her heart truly belongs.
Things seem to be coming together at last. But America doesn’t have the chance to become too comfortable; an unexpected guest sends her world tumbling again.
The love triangle in The Selection is a rather common one, but I know how rare it is to find a truly unique love story. I find it rather obvious that America isn’t going to despise the prince half as much as she expects to, however the individual events throughout the book and the situations with Officer Leger were all nicely original.
America herself is a strong, defiant character, as female protagonists often are. She refuses to conform to the normalities of the society, and tries her hardest to keep her individuality intact. Her relationship with the maids is an admirable one, and her actions and emotions aren’t too far-fetched as to be unbelievable.
As for the love interests of Miss Singer, they are each rather unique. Maxon is, in my opinion, an accurately represented royal figure. He comes across as a boring, stiff guy, but once America gets to know him she discovers that he has a wonderful personality of his own. And Aspen is what I’d imagine a boy in his situation to be. He is selfless and does everything he can to protect the ones he loves. Due to his protective nature, he has to make some difficult decisions and hope that is choice is the correct one. He is also a fighter, which could make America’s own choices just that bit harder.
I found it a bit predictable in places, and sometimes I wasn’t sure about America as a character. But overall I did enjoy it, and think it deserves somewhere between 3.5 and 4 stars.