Friday, June 15, 2012

The Selection by Kiera Cass Review

The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass    
ISBN: 0062059939 (ISBN13: 9780062059932)
Release Date:  December 17th 2011
Format : Paperback
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Post Apocalyptic,
Dystopian,  Science Fiction
The Selection #1

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.

My Thoughts on the Book
I still don’t understand why people gave this book such a low rating. It has everything a book needs; it makes you laugh, cry and has those heart wrenching scenes. Everything a good book needs it has. This is why I give it 5 stars!

America has great personality as a character in this book. She is kind and caring towards people who are under her caste. She is even stubborn at times, such as when she tries to stop her mother in getting her into the selection. Her caring side shows in the way she treats her maids. She treats them more like friends then maids as they are. This is a good quality as most people in her caste treat maids as if they're not there. 

One word to describe Asher is that he is full of pride. He is a six caste citizen which makes them either a servant or maid working for people, earning almost next to nothing. He has the weight of all his loved ones on his shoulders. He would do anything for his family and for America even if it means to give her up to give her a better life. 

Maxon is someone who has been inside the palace walls for most of his life. He knows nothing about the citizens in their country. The most he knows how to do is to command the soldiers that protect the country from the ones who don’t like the rulers. He doesn’t even know how to act around a girl, he just tries his best. When the selection happens everything is new to him, even kissing is new. He does want to do what’s right and help America, but he also has the country to think about too. 

 Something about secret romances always make love the book even more. America and Asher being together in secret is so cute. They go against the rules just to be together, they could risk being put in jail by breaking curfew to be together. They always meet in an old tree house and spend most of the night together. Then there is Prince Maxon. You could tell right away that America caught his attention on the first night she stayed at the Palace. Since then though America made it clear that she only wanted to be friends and he understands but he soon starts to really develop feelings for her and it slips whenever he is around her. The way they act together is interesting and makes you laugh at times. Between these two men it leaves me guessing on who she will end up with. I love the love triangle that is going on right now and I really can’t decided which guy I like more. 

I love this new dystopian world; it gives you enough history to know what happen to the world. I like this because not all dystopian books tell you the history to why they are now living the way they are now. I do like the fact that it goes by caste from 1-8 there might be a 9 but I’m not a 100% sure. The ones are the royals while two and three live a good life. Four to five struggle a bit while six, seven and eight might not make enough to eat some days. The plot is focus mostly on the Selection and the relationship between America and everyone she meets. Not to mention the love triangle that happens in the middle.  It starts off with 35 girls entering the Selection.  These girls compete to be princess of the whole country, standing next to prince Maxon. As the story goes on Maxon starts to remove the girls from the competition. He takes them all out on dates to see whether or not he could fall in love with them. That soon changes when he meets America which changes something’s because he likes her but she doesn’t think she could love him. Though as you continue to read you see that small fact slowly changes and America starts to struggle on who she really loves.


The Blue dress was what drew me in the first time I saw this book. Just looking at this I didn't want to read what it's about I just wanted to buy it then and there. Everything is just so pretty, from the image to the Title of the book and the design of a crown above the Title is just works well for the over all image. I cant wait to see the rest of the book series covers. I bet all of them will be just as pretty.

Great book, don't listen to what the other people think of the book I highly recommend this dystopian novel.
5 out of 5 Howling Wolves


  1. I enjoyed this one too. I think I rated it a 3.5 or 4. It was a fun read. I think some were harsh because it was depicted as a dystopian and really wasn't. To me it was like a Cinderella type tale. I am looking forward to the next one and so glad you loved it too!

    1. Yeah It was a bit harsh I found but oh well and I'm glad u liked it too!!! woooo for the next one!!!