It’s been a very very long time since I’ve last written a book review but alas! Here we go once again. The way I chose to read this series is probably the same reason why I started reading The Luxe series and Entwined. I know, tsk, tsk for judging the books because of their covers but I can’t help it when there are pretty gowns or dresses that are to die for. Without further ado, here’s my say about the book.
The Selection, written by Kiera Cass, is a young-adult, dystopian, romance novel following the perspective of America Singer. The book starts with her romance with Aspen Leger but their romance is but one of Romeo and Juliet’s due to the caste system which although it does allow higher castes to marry lower castes, they are made to go through a long and costly process which suggests, according to America, that the person from the higher caste would change his or her mind and call-off the marriage. Even if Kiera hadn’t suggested it, I think I also would’ve deduced that. We’re all faced with decisions that listening to opinions of others, especially those who matter most to you, really sink in your thought and are taken into consideration.
Her romantic entanglement with a lower caste becomes more difficult as her mother persuades her to join the Selection wherein 35 girls of a given age are selected and have a chance to win Prince Maxon’s heart and the crown itself to be the princess of Illéa. It’s almost exactly like watching the bachelor but with politics.
There are a set of rules and restrictions set as well as prepared lessons for the Selected while living in the palace. No matter what caste they were in before the selection, they all become Threes after if they are eliminated. Disqualified Selected’s are punished according to the laws of Illéa depending on what rule(s) they have broken.
To her surprise, this lottery is more than just picking a name out of a hat. No surprises for the reader though. As expected of a protagonist. She gets selected among other girls and is heartbroken that all her hopes, plans, and dreams of being with her secret love would disappear. However, her love towards her family also weighs in her decision to join the Selection and competes with the rest of the Selected.
Maxon is a sweetheart who says he has never experienced loving someone romantically but is willing to go through even a very public date sessions with girls in order to find true love or at least someone who is willing to put up with him for the rest of their lives. As the story develops, his personality and character is also more evident. His persona is of a gentleman and is respectable. The ideal prince who would know how to properly treat any woman like she were a princess.
The best quotations from the book:
My plan is to enjoy the food until you kick me out.
If you don’t want me to be in love with you, you’re going to have to stop looking so lovely. First thing tomorrow I’m having your maids sew some potato sacks together for you.
I hit your thigh!
Oh, please. A man doesn’t need that long to recover from a knee to the thigh.
America and Maxon