by Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection, Book 1
Followed By: The Elite
Page Amount: 327, US Paperback
This book blew away my expectations, in a good way! I'll admit I was a little leery to read this book because of all of the mixed reviews and controversy involving such reviews. Let me begin this review by saying that my opinion on this book was not in any way swayed by the author or other reviewers. This is my honest opinion. I wasn't expecting much when I picked up this book. I thought it would be an average love triangle tale with some overused dystopian elements. As soon as I began reading this book, however, I realized that that was not the case. This book is way more unique than it sounds. It shares the basic premise of The Bachelor, but this book goes so much more in depth as to the society of Illea as a whole and how it runs with castes, which are levels that classify a person's ranking. It's a very interesting dystopian view of the world, one that hasn't been told before. I also really loved that this book encompasses a competition between 35 girls to win over the handsome Prince Maxon's heart. Every girl has a distinct personality and motive for being there. This made drama unfold and interesting friendships to form.
to be like. Maxon is an amazing guy with a good and pure heart, not egotistical at all. I'm really excited to see what's in store for these two, as long as America's old sweetheart, Aspen, doesn't get in the way. Aspen is a major jerk and heartbreaker. I'm still pretty angry and what he did to America. Sometimes good intentions just aren't enough. Not a fan of love triangles? Don't worry, there isn't much of one in this book because Maxon is the only hottie in the castle and Aspen screwed up big time. It's fairly obvious who has America's attention very early on. (Team Maxon all the way.)
Will I be reading the next book? Absolutely! Already have haha! :D