REVIEW: The Selection (The Selection #1) by Kiera Cass

The Selection by Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #1
Published by Harper Collins Children's Books on 7th June 2012
Pages: 336
Source: *Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

In a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels the Selection is the chance of a lifetime: to compete for gorgeous Prince Maxon's ear. But for America Singer it means turning her back on her secret love, and leaving home for a prize she doesn't want.

Then America meets Maxon and all her plans start to crumble. Can the life she's always dreamed of compare to a future she never imagined?
Starting this trilogy, I was rather apprehensive. There is such a love/hate relationship around these novels, however I had to give it a go. And I must say, I rather enjoyed it. One thing I must express though are these covers, they are absolutely beautiful!

The Selection, a tradition that has been passed down through the family to all the Prince's and Princess's. Now it is Maxon's turn to choose a wife. America, a five, is one of the lowest castes to be chosen to attend the palace, whereby the course of her life changes forever. But will she ever truly love Maxon?

America is an interesting protagonist. I cannot put a finger on whether I like her or not. However, I have swayed more to the side of rooting for her, she is a relatively strong protagonist who just wants to help her family. Alongside this I love how she stands up for herself, she does not enter with the inclination of hating her fellow contestants, and though feelings obviously do appear for Maxon, she does not rush.

This novel, though I have never watched it, seems to be a lot like the Bacheloer. The only reason I can compare them is because I felt ITV played the trailer for the series every ten seconds, and it was so annoying that we kept taking the mickey out of it every time. The plot of this novel I must say is very unique. I have not really read anything quite like it, except Queen of Someday however that I strongly disliked so it does not count. I felt Cass executed it perfectly and we were really able to explore the ideas and beliefs of the world created whilst understanding the variety of personalities of the other characters. It was fast-paced and certainly had some action from the rebels which I was very pleased to see, as it added a new suspense and danger to the novel that one had yet to experience.

 Overall this is a light read that I enjoyed more than I expected to, and was certainly unable to put it down. I cannot wait to read the sequel, The Elite.

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