Review: "The Selection" (The Selection #1) by Kiera Cass

The-Selection-book-cover-the-selection-series-30384524-250-379Author: Kiera Cass
Genre: Young Adult/Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Publication: Harper Collins
Release Date: January 3rd 2012
Pages: 376
Spoilers: Yes, I’m so sorry. I just LOVED the book so much. I won’t spoil the ending though. 

The Selection books have been on my mind for a while, since I finished reading this book two months ago. No excuse. I just got sidetracked from updating my website, and when I finally wanted to get back to work on it, I landed in the hospital. Still no excuse, but I will make it up to you by putting up some reviews this week I’ve written a few months/weeks/days ago. See my ‘Currently Reading‘ page for more info! BACK to The Selection by Kiera Cass (more exciting news about her to come!).

The Selection has one of the most beautiful covers I have ever seen. The blue and pink colors make it seem very romantic, which I was attracted to. I started reading the book, only knowing there’d be a love triangle, something I can’t always appreciate. But I didn’t wanted to be biased, so I just didn’t think about that possibility. Guess what: the possibility gets thrown in your face pretty fast.

The story is set in a future world, where people live in casts. When you’re an ‘Eight’, you’re pretty much a nobody. When you’re a ‘Seven’, you’re still screwed. When you’re a ‘Six’, you’re poor, but at least you can have a (decent) job. Our main character, America, is a ‘Five’, the cast from which all the artist come. She liked singing. You have the best cast when you’re a ‘Four’, a ‘Three’ or a ‘Two’. To be a ‘One’ is almost impossible. Only the king and queen and their children are ‘Ones’. This wasn’t explained really well in the beginning, which was a bit confusing to me. America and her best friend slash secret lover Aspen were talking about ‘Six’ and ‘Five’ all the time, and I was a bit clueless. Fortunately, it got cleared by Kiera Cass pretty fast and it all became an interesting political system.

I liked America from the beginning. She was happy, honest and didn’t complain too much. Aspen seemed pretty much PERFECT at the beginning, and even when they talked about the selection and Maxon, I still rooted for him. Aspen being a Six might have pushed me into liking him (and America) even more.

The Selection (girls picked out to meet Maxon, live in the castle en being chosen as a princes) was worked out pretty well. I didn’t understand what the motivation behind the whole event was, but that’s not important in the first book of the series. I just really liked this modern kind of Cinderella concept.

My first impression of Maxon: WEIRDO. I didn’t get him and I didn’t get his intentions. One moment he’s a prince, another moment he’s just a boy. What the?! Stop playing with my feelings please. Anyhow.. he started to make me like him more during the story. I got to know him a little better, as did America.

Celeste kinda irritated me. She’s pretty much a stereotype of the ‘bad girl’. (I liked her after The One, so it’s nothing personal. She developed).  I also didn’t get why Maxon liked her so much? Like: are you really this stupid? You don’t get why she’s doing all of this? The bitch is lying, okay? Smh.

And what about those rebels? Very vague… I think I put down the book with a hundred questions. And not only about the rebels, also about the love triangle and America’s feelings towards both Aspen and Maxon. PICK ONE ALREADY! Damn it, girl, I liked you so much and this ruined everything.

What I wrote down: “Maxon = perfect, Aspen needs to back off”. I wrote this about the end of the book. No need to say more.

READ READ READ this book! Read the whole series! It’s amazing! Kiera Cass writes so good! It’s funny, lovely, exciting and refreshing! I finished it in on day! On my vacation in Greece, next to the pool. Yes, that’s how much I loved it. I didn’t even go IN the pool, I just needed to read. And that’s why YOU need to read it! So.. GO!

 

 

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