Book Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

Sorry for the delay on this one. I had it ready for you all and never had it schedule to post. And I can’t even blame it on Mercury Retrograde. Dang.

Overall rating: 3/5
Readability rating: 4/5
Character rating: 3/5
Plot rating: 3/5
Cover rating: 2/5
Would I recommend: No. But am I going to read the whole series? Yes.

Goodread Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Dystopian

Perfect for: Those who like the Handmaid’s Tale but want it soft.

Book Synopsis: ” 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. ” – Goodreads Synopsis

Spoiler-free review:

This book is a mess. A train wreck. One that you can’t look away from because you need to see all the gore-y details. If you read this without acknowledging the cruel and absurdly crazy world they live in, it’s like the bachelor on teenybopper steroids and with a royal twist (order that at the bar next time). It follows a girl named America (I’m pretty sure her background is white so her parents are definitely setting her up for revolution) in a dystopian world where there’s caste systems and every girl around 17 got their chance to win over the prince’s heart in a televised, real world-esk fight. She’s still in love with a boy back home, while also falling for the prince. A love triangle to make your head spin.

I will give you the author this. I really want to know how the hell this pans out, but not because America and the prince and the other boy, but because the revolution and the caste system and why everything is the way it is. The story seems so weird placed on this huge, deceptive. and broken world.

How did we get here? Who decided all this? What wars? And who will the prince pick in the next installment of the Selection?

Spoiler review:

First let me say, America Singer sucks. Not in the oh she’s a mean person sort of way, but in a used flypaper has more personality. She is in love Aspen (the boy next door who dumps her so she can go do this dumb prince thing) and then she’s in love with Prince Maxon. Then she’s not in love with either and just wants to go home. Then she’s in love with Aspen, then Maxon, then Aspen, then..UGH!

I hate love triangles. I hate them with a burning passion. It’s lazy writing and tries to create character personalities and dilemmas that don’t even matter. A love triangle depends on two things: likable love interests, and understandable conflict. Neither fits here. America doesn’t seem to show genuine affection to either of them and neither of them are great to be around. I don’t care about Aspen anymore. He’s angry and desperate even though he helped America make the decision to leave.

And Maxon is boring! Maxon is naive and though he’s better than Aspen, he’s a shitty human being. He can’t prince. He can’t talk to people like a normal person. And he’s so inconsistent. Plus in an unfortunate turn of events, I’ve started reading the second book and I just hate him more so I’m not going to expound on him too much.

The parts that keep me in this are the other characters (which surprisingly have some depth) and the dystopian world they are all in. Like what the hell is happening in the outside world? It’s a lot. It’s like Hunger Games a lot and yet here we are with pretty girls in pretty dresses.

I will keep reading with the hopes of figuring out this world they are in, because damn, Kiera Cass can create a world. She just doesn’t know how to use it.

Let me know your opinion on the series below. I’ll probably keep going. I’m already on book two. I hate myself. This is a guilt read from hell BUT I NEED TO KNOW HOW THIS WORLD HAPPENED.

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