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 the palace and compete for the heart of the 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.
This book is wow worthy. The reader will be placed into a strange and different world. A world that has caste levels and predetermined fates for most of the population. America is a level Five, one of the lower levels, and her family are artists, entertainers, etc... Typically, one must marry within one's caste, one should aim to marry above oneself. America is in love with a lower level boy. She sees past all of the castes and fancies herself deeply in love.
However, the Prince must marry and whomever he chooses becomes a coveted level One. America cannot believe it, but she finds herself selected as a potential wife for the prince. At first, she tries to refuse, but it is her secret boyfriend who pushes her into trying. When she arrives at the palace, she is surprised and slightly horrified by the splendor and extravagance. She expects the Prince to be vain, but finds out that he is a only a boy-and a nice one at that.
America's character was easy to like and relate to. She is brave, brash, and clever. This book does have a bit of a love triangle, don't count America's "secret boyfriend" out. The reader will likely not know who to root for, America's secret boyfriend or the Prince. The novel is very fast-paced, some avid readers may finish in a day. The book is both predictable and surprising. The reader will love that there is a sequel! This is one book you can't miss if you are a teen/young adult readers.
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