Book Review: The Selection Trilogy

The Selection

by
Kiera Cass

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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.

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I started this book one evening before bed, and ended up staying up until 3 am just to finish it.  It was that good.  It’s not a literary masterpiece, but sometimes it’s good to just read a light-hearted page-turner!

This is a dystopian novel, but the dystopian aspect is not way “out there.”  There is some political unrest in the country, which I’m guessing will play a part in the next couple of books, but it wasn’t heavy, a la Hunger Games.  Basically, it’s a Cinderella-type version of “The Bachelor” with a little love triangle thrown in for good measure.  I loved it.  I loved the characters.  I can’t wait to see how it all plays out.  (That being my only, common, beef — that it’s part of a trilogy, and therefore not a stand-alone story in one book).

The Elite

by
Kiera Cass

ReviewIcon1Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.

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Ooohhh.  Still loving this series.  I like the political conflict rising, and the relational conflict between America and the king.  I’m also so over the love triangle, and I love that Maxom’s behavior was “redeemed”, because I really like him.  I hope we see the relationship between America and the Queen develop.  Ready to find out what happens in the final book!

The One

by
Kiera Cass

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THE SELECTION changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. Now, only one will claim Prince Maxon’s heart…

It’s swoon meets the Hunger Games in the final instalment of THE SELECTION trilogy!

For the four girls who remain at the palace, the friendships they’ve formed, rivalries they’ve struggled with and dangers they’ve faced have bound them to each other for the rest of their lives.

Now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen.

America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown – or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the competition approaches its end and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realises just how much she stands to lose – and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.

The breathtaking finale to THE SELECTION trilogy will make you swoon!

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Have I mentioned how I loved this series?!  I loved how even though I thought I knew how things would turn out, there were still a few twists, and I was happy with the end result!  I loved the development of the relationship between America and Celeste.  I liked the significance of America’s relationship with her father and the letter.  I loved when started taking a more political role and how she set up the meeting with the Italians and the Northern rebels.

The whole series was a fun read.  I read the three books in two days.  They weren’t deep and probably won’t stay with me forever, but I enjoy page-turners, and these definitely fit the bill for some enjoyable summer reading!

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Would I recommend these books for my BFF?  Yes!
Would I recommend them for my teenage daughter?  Yes!  And have.

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