Genre: Fiction, Romance, Dystopian
Book Jacket Synopsis: “For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity 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, and leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she begins to realize that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.”
Review: The best way I can describe The Selection is Cinderella meets The Hunger Games meets The Bachelor. This story takes place in a mildly dystopian future as the heroine, America Singer, grapples with her acceptance into a regal matchmaking process known as the Selection. From the Cinderella perspective, The Selection is filled with elaborate ballgowns, fancy events, and (of course) princes and princesses. This novel rings true to The Hunger Games in that the Selection process is broadcast throughout the dystopian nation of Ilea. Ilean society is also divided into different castes, with the royal family being labeled a One and societal outcasts an Eight (America is a Five, making her one of the lowest-ranking Selection participants). And, for obvious reasons (i.e., thirty-five girls competing for one crown… the final rose, you might say), I definitely got a Bachelor vibe from this book. I considered giving The Selection a three-star rating, largely due to several instances of poor character dialogue and flat interactions, but went with four stars in the end because this first installment left me looking forward to the second and I found the idea to be genuinely entertaining. Altogether, I would classify The Selection as a perfect beach book: the type of book that you finish in a single day but doesn’t necessarily leave you a better person for having read it.