The Selection

The Selection

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"Sixteen-year-old America Singer is living in the caste-divided nation of Illéa, which formed after the war that destroyed the United States. America is chosen to compete in the Selection--a contest to see which girl can win the heart of Illéa's prince--but all she really wants is a chance for a future with her secret love, Aspen, who is a caste below her"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : HarperTeen, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062059932
0062059939
9780062059949
Characteristics: 327, 12 p. ; 22 cm

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lucyowen
Nov 25, 2017

I love this book series so much. It captivated me so easily, right from the first page. Witty, creative, dramatic, and so descriptive, The Selection easily makes its way to my Top Five Series of All Time list. I was so sad when it ended, and will be forever hoping for more. Amazing story, love it!!!

cmlibrary_acallan Nov 06, 2017

The Selection by Kiera Cass is a fairly typical young adult novel. We're introduced to a strong heroine as she competes to win a "Bachelor"-like contest in a future and post-apocalyptic world. It reminded me of the "Hunger Games" trilogy but with ball gowns.

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Marilyn34
Oct 23, 2017

As someone who felt the strains of financial struggle as a kid and a teenager, I understand the importance of doing something that isn't your cup of tea to ensure your family is taken care of at home.

Check out my review of "The Selection" on my blog at:
http://axarr.blogspot.com/2016/04/review-wednesday-selection-by-kiera-cass.html

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3je82rs9
Oct 12, 2017

Good book

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 23, 2017

In this futuristic book, readers are given a taste of Cass' unique vision for our world in centuries time. The book is a good choice for anyone who is a fan of TV hit The Bachelor or popular Netflix series Game of Thrones as the book is a fantastic cross between the two. Readers will enjoy the exciting scandals, heartbreaking moments, and thrilling plot twists in this amazing book. The main character America Singer is a powerful teenage girl who serves as a great role model for young girls with her witty banter, extreme care for her family, and most importantly her natural inclination to stand up for what is right no matter the consequences. I would give this book a 5/5 star rating for its unique plot and excellent story. 
- @reviewguard of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

The Selection is one of my favourite dystopian novels because of the many elements hidden within the folds of the book. There are some parts that fall short for me but the majority of the time I am in love with characters and plotline. The only grudge I have is the immense attention that this book gets because there are a lot of good books that can be appreciated but for some reason The Selection series is singled out amongst all. So we have America as the protagonist, a bold and independent girl from Five who is chosen to be a part of the Selection and has a chance to be the queen of Ilea. But America doesn’t take this gently and is angry at being in the palace unwillingly. Somehow this strikes the prince, Maxon, and the two become friends slowly. But the Selection is a turmoil of emotions, jealousy and a little bit of rebellion; where nothing is as it seems and you must fight your way to the top… or fall back onto a hard surface that the people of Ilea call their lives. It’s a game of what status you are at, what you are, and who you want to be. Rating 4/5
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

The Selection is one of the best books I have ever read. America Singer is a strong, stubborn, and humorous girl with red hair and a hot temper who wants nothing to do with competing for the hand of Prince Maxon of Illea alongside 34 other girls. Left broken hearted by her last boyfriend, America goes to the palace and learns that Prince Maxon wasn’t who she thought he’d be. The Selection is impossible to put down. The characters of America, Maxon and Aspen are just borderline amazing. The love between the characters is incredibly sweet and will make you wish you were them. This romance will have you awing and laughing in all the right places. Definitely a must read.
- @booksniffer of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

This book left me with some mixed feelings. It was entertaining to read but simultaneously there were so many problems within the writing. For example, the characters; you have the "nice girl" and the typical "mean girl" who manages to stay in the competition despite the fact that she is obviously a horrible person. The main character America was self-absorbed, and the writing made her feel like that one special girl who the prince favoured despite the fact that she was always saying and doing tactless things. The characters felt so one-dimensional and lacked depth. Also the world-building. Or lack thereof. This whole book is just romance with some references to the outside world thrown in. Now despite the fact that there were so many problems with the writing, the idea of the competition for 35 girls to compete for a prince did make me interested, although it was basically a mash-up of The Bachelor and The Hunger Games. The entertainment factor of this story was alright; there was lots of (slightly frivolous) drama. I would say that this was a light fluffy read with romance that might entertain you, but with not a lot of substance.
- @Lumos of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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jemc5
Aug 03, 2017

This is an amazing book! It is so so so good! I got super caught up in it and devoured all five books! I definitely recommend this whole series!

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RebelBelle13
Jul 20, 2017

Let's be fair. We all know this is no literary masterpiece. The writing is simply ok. The names are ridiculous. The author tells instead of showing. The world is not nearly explained enough. Despite all this, I have to say that The Selection is entertaining. Everyone likes a story about a large group whittled down to one winner- hence the popularity of TV shows like The Bachelor and Survivor. Maxon's character is actually endearing, and I didn't hate America as much as I thought I would. Let's talk about her name too. I know everyone touches on this, but I have a theory- that America Singer was a place-holder name until Cass thought of something better or more appropriate, until either she ran out of time to change it or the name actually grew on her. It can't be the name she originally had in mind for the character.
I think the story would have been so much better had it swapped perspectives between America, Marlee, and perhaps two other of the Selected. That way we wouldn't know for sure which was going to win. The story would have been longer, more interesting and way more of a mystery of who would win Maxon's love and the crown. You know America is going to come out on top, because she's the only perspective we see- and you're not going to follow one girl's story for three books to only have her lose. I also would have loved to have seen Cass really describe the castle better- instead of calling the paintings and flowers 'beautiful' or the decorations 'ornate', tell me what colors they are. Describe them to me. Tell me about your world. How far does Illiea stretch? What are the kingdom boundaries? Cass doesn't give us nearly enough. This book would have been amazing had it been longer and there had been more description, backstory, and perspectives. As it stands, I'm giving it a 3.5, simply due to entertainment value.

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BudgiesNbooks
Jul 05, 2017

Absolutely loved it! I really got caught inside the book and could hardly resurface! I'm very excited to see what happens next, and would totally recommend this.

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clchenet
Jun 25, 2017

This book was amazing! It was also one of the only books I've read that gets better as the series goes on (not including the The Heir and The Crown, I did not enjoy those that much). It is also great because the main character is strong and a little bit of a rebel, not weak. Ending was a little predictably, but plenty of plot twists along the way.

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TatumLibrary
Jun 12, 2017

This book is just the first of five and I have to say, it was definitely worth my time. This series has got to be the best I've ever read. The first book is the one that hooked me to this series. The series is so eventful and creative I just have to finish!

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lucyowen
Nov 25, 2017

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Oct 26, 2017

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Oct 08, 2017

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Aug 03, 2017

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Feb 06, 2017

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Jan 24, 2017

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Nov 21, 2016

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Tiffacutiepie
Jun 22, 2016

"True love is usually the most inconvenient kind." - The Selection

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orange_turtle_144
Jun 19, 2016

"Circumstances being what they are, I haven't had the opportunity to fall in love..." k
-- Maxon pg. 115

"Ladies and gentlemen, please join me in sending off America Singer, our favorite Daughter of Illea!"

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SashaE
Mar 12, 2016

I bet May would Cry if she ate one of these! Wanna bet?

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salbrecht78703
Aug 18, 2015

"One can never help being born into perfection" i whispered.
He came close, wrapping an arm around my waist so that we faced each other. His nose tickled mine. He ran his fingers across my check so gently it seemed he was afraid i might break.
"No, i don't suppose you can,'' He breathed
With his hand holding my face towards his he lowered his lips to mine and gave me the faintest whisper of a kiss.
Something about the tentativeness of it made me feel beautiful. Without a word, i could understand how excited he was to have this moment, but then afraid at the same time. And deeper then any of that, i sensed that he adored me."

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TessaGray
Aug 12, 2015

It's hard to get a hug wrong

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sunshine0623
Jul 13, 2015

"True love is usually the most inconvenient kind."

"No, I'm not choosing him or you. I'm choosing me."

"You get confused by crying women, I get confused by walks with princes."

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sunlight63
Jul 12, 2015

"Knee-jerk reaction. Literally. I kneed His Majesty in the thigh. Hard."

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Moonlight63
Jul 12, 2015

"Knee-jerk reaction. Literally. I kneed His Majesty in the thigh. Hard."

It is just so hilarious the prince's reaction after she does that.

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xzhang17
Jul 07, 2015

“You get confused by crying women, I get confused by walks with princes.”

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EvelynB2004
Jul 19, 2016

It's time for a new Selection - the process used for princes of Illéa to find their queens. America Singer, a poor Five who is not all wanting to enter the Selection, unlike most girls, is persuaded by her family and secret boyfriend to enter. America figures that it's no big deal, since she probably won't win anyway, but miracles do happen. Once America arrives at the palace, she realizes that the competition may prove fiercer than she ever expected, and America realizes that she's in for more than just the good food.

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Tiffacutiepie
Jun 22, 2016

35 girls and 1 prince. They all fight to be the prince's wife. Main character, America finds herself trapped in The Selection by accident. She struggles to find who she really loves but is determine to not leave The Selection right away.

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xzhang17
Aug 06, 2015

America Singer is among the 35 girls (one from each of the provinces of Illéa) presented to Prince Maxon as potential future brides. Nevertheless, America is less than ecstatic at being selected. Unbeknownst to the other girls partaking in the Selection, America has already found the love of her life—and has no intention of marrying Maxon. However, the more familiar she becomes with Maxon, he grows on her. Things heat up fast as the love of America’s life is assigned to be a palace guard. With both of her love interests only a stone’s throw away, America needs to make a decision that could determine the rest of her life.

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ShermanFluff
Jul 14, 2015

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a liftime.

The opportunity to be swept up in a world of jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of 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 home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually she begins to realized that the life she's always dreamed of May not compare to a future she never imagined.

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sunlight63
Jul 12, 2015

In this thrilling book, America Singer a 5 from Carolina has been chosen to compete in the selection, the chance of a lifetime at least that's how it was for most girls. However Americas heart was still back in Carolina and as she continued her competition, she found her self lost in thought about who she was really in love with.

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Moonlight63
Jul 12, 2015

America never wanted to join the selection. She just did it for Aspen. When the time comes, she finds herself Selected to join the selection. In the end will she stay with Maxon or go back home to see Aspen? Read the book to find out!

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reaniebug8888
Jul 02, 2015

America Singer has been near the bottom her whole life. But when she has the chance to move straight to the top her friends and family encourage her to do it. Only catch if the prince likes her she will be queen someday.

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Mariaj7
Jun 23, 2015

This book starts out with a caste system based on how much money you have. The girl america singer is her name, she is in love with someone in a lower cast. When the selection is announced (which is a choice the prince has to make to make the love of his life through a random draw of 35 girls) she is forced to sign up. Out of all the girls in the country she is one out of 35 of the girls. All the girls will compete for the prince.

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Mandi_ss
May 21, 2015

Who will be Prince Maxon's fiancee? Of course not America Singer, only a five who loves to perform. Everyone's joining the contest so what chance would there be for her to be chosen? None, it would seem. For the sake of her mother America enters the contest only to find out she's been put in an arena to fight for the prince's love. Who will win Maxon's heart?

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carolstovall
Aug 04, 2014

America Singer, a five in the war-ruined country Illea, enters a contest to go be Prince Maxon's "darling". She thinks ugh. Her mother thinks aww. So she enters the contest for her mother. (the rest is spoiler alert) At the castle, she makes friends and enemies. She wants to be Maxon"s friend instead of lover. Make sure to read the next book, The Elite.

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carolstovall
Aug 04, 2014

Coarse Language: Very small amount but still there. Not horrible words though.

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carolstovall
Aug 04, 2014

Sexual Content: Not bad in this book in the series.

bookgeek101 Feb 11, 2013

Sexual Content: Slight innuendos, kissing. Doesn't get much wrose than that.

bookgeek101 Feb 11, 2013

Violence: The girls fight against each other, verbally and physically.

bookgeek101 Feb 11, 2013

Coarse Language: Very slight swearing, not noticable.

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