Okay, so I must admit that the second I saw the cover for The Selection by Kiera Cass I knew I wanted to dive into the pages of this book! It was one of those "love at first sight" kind of things. The cover art is gorgeous, intriguing and mysterious and that just begins to tell the story within the pages...plus, as of current, I'm hopelessly hooked on dystopian YA novels.
Basically, we start off in the
future much like the Hunger Games with classes of people (1 being the
highest ranked and wealthy and the subsequent numbers going into more poverty and less opportunity for career and education). This is all based on how much the ancestors of these families supported the
government long long ago. Once an heir comes of age there is a contest or game for the people to watch and root for to
give hope that their future queen will come from "the
people." America Singer, our protagonist comes from one of the lower ranks and is one of the "selected" girls against all odds. She of course has a strong character and is the only one who does not really want to be there...and as some might predict her fiery nature and free spirit captures the prince's intrigue and attention. As the pages play out I can't help but find similarity to
episodes of the bachelor...lots of girls (35) vying for the love and
adoration and ultimate hand of the future king, Prince Maxon.
Of course there's
a past love twist (a triangle of sorts), a change of heart (hate turn to love?) and a suspenseful
end that leaves you wanting and waiting for the next book (The Elite) which will be released later this month!
I finished this book in one sitting
and could not put it down. I really cannot wait for the next book and
possible CW series to come! :)