The Selection series by Kiera Cass definitely took me by surprise. Normally, I’m not a fan of purely romance novels. This series is a fun mix of romance, sort of futuristic-dystopian version of The Bachelor and I loved it!
Goodreads summary of The Selection series by Kiera Cass:
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.
My Review of The Selection series by Kiera Cass
The story of The Selection was an interesting mix. To me, I sort of read it as a cross between a contemporary novel and a somewhat-dystopian novel. There wasn’t a whole lot of action in the story, and there were no fantasy elements. It’s reminiscent ofThe Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins or the Divergent series by Veronica Roth, except with less of the violence and political tension (although it does exist within The Selection series by Kiera Cass).
Firstly, America Singer is a great protagonist. Almost too great, in fact. She is selfless, caring, and always willing to help others (even her own competition!). There are hardly any noteworthy weaknesses or faults to her character, which can be irritating to some readers.
I said this before, but I’ll say it again. The Selection series by Kiera Cass is essentially prose-trash-TV, and I loved it. I’ve never read YA Romance novel so it was a new experience for me to have the entire plot revolve around whether or not the protagonist gets the man of her dreams. But it was definitely a page-turner!
Definitely easy. These books are short and the language is to-the-point. Not overly descriptive, but enough that I had a beautiful mental picture of the characters and setting. There were elements of mystery and suspense that had me turning the pages and wanting to know more.
Personally, neither Aspen or Maxon interested me. I definitely thought that America deserved better than both of them!
The ending of the series was, to me, a bit too-convenient. Without going into detail, I will say that it was a bit of a disappointment to me (but I thrive on conflict!)
It definitely held my interest and was a new and enjoyable experience for me to read this kind of story. The Selection series by Kiera Cass is a great series to read if you are interested in romance, contemporary, and dystopian novels. However, not if you prefer action, adventure, and fantasy.
This series gets 4.5/5 stars from me!
Have you read The Selection series by Kiera Cass? What did you think? Are you considering reading the series if you haven’t already? What other series have you read that sound similar to this?
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