Series Review: The Selection

After hearing so many great things about this series from my students and having it recommended by close friends, I finally decided to read The Selection series. I had my reservations because so many people have compared this series to The Bachelor and I kind of hate The Bachelor. More on that in a bit.

Series Review: The SelectionThe Selection (The Selection #1) by Kiera Cass. HarperTeen, 2012. Paperback: 336 pp.

Genres: Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult

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 loved this book. I really liked America. Her relationship with Prince Maxon surprised me. I expected it to be a little more cheesy. It’s one of the oldest tropes in the world, but Cass presented it so well. There was also a surprising amount of politics. It was creepy how much I could see parallels there, especially since this series has some dystopian elements. By the end, I decided it was an awesome book and will leave most readers smiling from ear-to-ear.

Series Review: The SelectionThe Elite (The Selection #2) by Kiera Cass. HarperTeen, 2013. Paperback: 336 pp.

Genres: Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult

The Selection began with thirty-five girls.Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon's heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?
America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want—and America's chance to choose is about to slip away.

I didn’t like this one quite as much as the first, but it’s because everyone was pissing me off the whole time. The politics really became a big part of the story in this one. It was interesting, but there was something about this book that didn’t feel as put together as the first. America and Mason were absolutely irritating. Maybe it’s my adult lens shading my view of the book, but it was frustrating to read about two people who clearly care for each other constantly miscommunicate. I know that’s not unrealistic, but it’s annoying when it’s like half the book.

Series Review: The SelectionThe One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass. HarperTeen, 2014. Hardcover: 323 pp.

Genres: Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult

The time has come for one winner to be crowned.
When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon's heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she'll have to fight for the future she wants.

And this is where I gave up. I couldn’t do it. I was just so mad at everyone in this book, that I couldn’t feel invested in it. I skipped to the end and skimmed some things. I can tell just from that there are some plot developments I’m not crazy about. Whatever. What a waste of what started out as a great series. The politics of these books were so interesting and the romance completely overshadowed it with all the will-they-end-up-together and who-will-she-pick stuff. Every time I read something relating to all that, it felt like a waste of my energy.

Moving on with my reading life.

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