Hardcover, 327 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by HarperTeen
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.
I never thought I would finish a book about a prince searching for his princess at the age 17. but I did. and It was goooood.
America Singer. What an amazing name. America didn’t even want to compete, but she did because the love of her life told her to.
America isn’t competing for Maxom’s love; she is not even competing for the crown. All she wants’ to do is stay in the competition long enough so that her family can get some money. She doesn’t like Maxom that way, she doesn’t like him at all, but when she gets to meet him she wonders, what if she’s been getting a twisted look at the prince?
What I liked with this book was that America was in love with a boy names Aspen. Really deeply in love. Every book I read has this instalove, which can be frustrated, because IRL it doesn’t always work like that. Just because she meet’s another friendly guy she does not loose feelings for Aspen like BAM, she is a very realistic character, a very smart one too.
At first Aspen seemed like a great guy, but I hated the fact that he was such a man man, he wanted to be the one providing for HER, even thou she was the one with the money at that point, and that he was willing to take such a irrational decision because of that.
Maxom is a character I can’t quite put a word on. He got this mystic around him, his actions can be quite unpredictable at times, but he is at the same time a sweet guy. In the next book I would like to see some more of his relaxed side, he can be quite stiff.
This book wasn’t so dark for being a dystopia; this is a great dystopia book to start off with!
~ Stay smart, stay chic