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I gave that one five stars a mere two years ago. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: So please don't use them without asking my permission first. Maxon, who will gain a wife, and the king, who will solidify his dynasty. And to be fair, it's probably not the absolute worst book I've read. We have a competition with no negative outcomes that everyone adores except the faceless "rebels" who lack any real presence and who are portrayed as nasty barbarians when in fact what they're rebelling against is fat cats sitting in a palace eating fruitcake while children in the lower castes starve. The way America is written as a special snowflake would normally annoy the ever loving fuck out of me, but I actually really enjoyed her as a character and loved her banter, wit and her overall personality.
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Nov 17, Emily May rated it did not like it Shelves: I know, I know, I probably shouldn't have read this. But when a series gets to be this popular, I can't help needing to know why. Firstly, the names. I knew that was her name, I knew it was silly, but whatever, it does not maketh or breaketh a book.
Honestly, why I know, I know, I probably shouldn't have read this. Honestly, why did the author think that was a good idea? Yes, it was. Secondly, this book really is just like The Bachelor and nothing else.
I know we can jokingly compare the competition of beauty pageants and various reality shows to The Hunger Games , but the fact that this is seriously being compared to putting kids in an arena and letting them kill each other is just hilarious. This is about a beautiful girl who gets so pissed when people comment on her obvious beauty: This beautiful girl enters The Selection - a contest of sorts where the poor competitors volunteer to compete for the heart of a handsome prince.
It draws more attention to how bad it is by the vague mention of poverty, children being beaten for stealing food, social castes that are distinguished by numbers, etc.
Cass slips in a small mention of these and then very quickly moves onto the smooching. Our caste was just three away from the bottom. Oh no, I have only a few nice dresses, what is this world?! And Prince Maxon himself is about as sexy as a doorknob, with even fewer brain cells.
How creepy is it that he says: Just one more thing. I wasn't going to go into details about the world-building. To be honest, I went into The Selection willing to forgive it for not being very good on that front. I mean, it's obvious that this book wasn't written for people who care deeply about historical, political and socioeconomic factors.
But Cass should have continued being vague, she really should have. Things just went even further downhill when she tried to paint in a back story.
How did this world come about? Well, obviously there was a Third World War, duh. And if you had the most basic understanding of history, guess which countries might have invaded - yes, invaded , lol - the United States. China, you say? Oh, and maybe the Russians? Yup, those too! I cringe just remembering it. Also, why would China invade the US? Unfortunately for them, this didn't get them any money, as the United States was beyond bankruptcy. Why would China be so stupid? Did they think they could just march in and seize the money the Americans wouldn't give them?
And then when they don't get their money, they create "The American State of China. This was way worse than if the author had simply offered no explanation for this society. It's a completely crazy explanation.
Maybe Cass assumed her YA audience would be so history-dumb that it wouldn't matter if countries did stupid things for stupid reasons. I guess I learned my lesson about trying out those "popular" books I never read.
Emily Andrews griffin Damn. Feb 04, Jean Who knew there were so many rabid Selection fans out there? I remember thinking the book was fine when I read it; not great, but not terrible. For wha Who knew there were so many rabid Selection fans out there? For what it's worth, I enjoyed your review. So thanks for the laugh! Nov 04, Mariya rated it it was amazing Shelves: I know you think there are others here more suited for me and this life, and I wouldn't want you to rush into trying to be happy with any of this.
I just I just want to know if it's possible I don't think I quite expected that once I flipped the first page that I couldn't stop! But guess what it happened!
I am constantly thinking about "I'm not so stupid as to believe that you've completely forgotten about your former boyfriend. Everything about this book I absolutely loved and I have no freaking clue how I am going to wait more than a year for the second book to come out.
Such torture! But they have a caste system in this world that goes from one to eight. One being very rich and eight being very poor. The Selection gets held for the prince where out of 35 woman he gets to narrow it down to one girl he picks as his princess. Since The Selection started, I'd been worrying that it was something that was going to ruin my life.
But in this moment, I couldn't think of a time that felt more right. Her mother is very needy and begging her because it is a wonderful opportunity. Even if you don't get chosen as the princess your life changes forever, you will be higher up in the caste system, and it would help America's family.
America doesn't care about any of that though, and plus she has a secret boyfriend, Aspen. It is sort of forbidden too for her to be with him. Later on, Aspen feels America should at least try for The Selection and she gets picked as one of 35 girls.
And some problems happen between Aspen and America before she leaves. He leaned in even closer to whisper. Is there any possibility of you having any sort of I felt like she as a very strong heroine. And she is very unselfish.
When we meet Prince Maxon he is everything America thought he wouldn't be. I mean, come on. Maxon has very cute qualities that make my heart flutter. He has a cute reaction to crying ladies and it is funny.
I love how he uses the term, "my dear", which America hates. Prince Maxon is very sweet and kind and all her wants is to find a girl among the 35 girls that are at his palace that he could love. That girl may end up to be America though. But the question becomes is America even interested? Is she over Aspen yet? There seems to be a lot going on between Maxon and America without anything actually happening and it becomes clear in my opinion at least that America does like Maxon, but there are things she has to figure out first.
I wrapped my arms around him, resting my head against his chest. Maxon seemed both comforted and surprised by the gesture. I took only a second for him to wrap his arms securely around me. But I most definitely want America and Maxon together. It felt so short. I wish the book was like pages long. I loved it that much! It will be complete torture waiting for the next book in the series. More of my reviews at Mystifying Paranormal Reviews View all 44 comments.
Jan 13, Shannon rated it did not like it Shelves: If you can get past the "I'm smelling my armpit" cover, and also the silly names, and the horribly unoriginal storyline, and the terrible writing What does that leave you then? A nice Seriously, though, read reviews for this one. They're not favorable for a reason.
View all 47 comments. I read this book for one reason: To find out why it's a New York Times Best-selling series. After drinking several beers and banging my head against the wall after reading The Selection , I can kinda see why. And to be fair, it's probably not the absolute worst book I've read.
I mean, there's still that time I read Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini Still, it is by no means something that I'd recommend. I know it might seem like I detested The Selection based on my status updates , but to be pe I read this book for one reason: I know it might seem like I detested The Selection based on my status updates , but to be perfectly honest, I haven't had this much fun reading a terrible book since Midnight Sun.
Character names: If there's one thing that I just don't understand about The Selection , it's why more creativity couldn't be used on character names.
Character names based on their occupation? House of Mary Sues: It might not surprise you that this book is about a super special snowflake, but did you know that virtually ALL the characters are just as special? The competition in The Selection isn't just about which girl can win Maxon's heart. Oh no. It's about who's the most special of them all! And since most of them are so damn selfless, they end up tripping over themselves, giving each other compliment after compliment.
You'd make such a great Queen. I'm nothing but a cardboard cutout excuse for a supporting character. In fact, even Maxon and Aspen are competing, too. In my hands I hold a royal flush of Mary Sues. The love triangle: I almost always dislike love triangles.
It turns the female character into someone who can only focus on the two boys and becomes a much less interesting person. In effect, she is defined by this love triangle and her story becomes a shipping war. I was hoping The Selection wouldn't fall into that trap and was ecstatic that America was leaving Aspen behind when she left to live at the palace. But I knew things couldn't be that simple since he eventually shows up at the right fucking moment to add unnecessary romantic tension.
Because what a coincidence that a poor boy, who's a glorified custodian, would find his way all the way to the palace and a guard right outside America's door! It must be fate Let's go with the latter. So now we have both boys back into America's life. What's a year-old to do? Who are you going to choose, America?! I'm choosing me. America spends majority of the book struggling with who to choose. And I would wager that the other books have the very same struggle.
If there is one thing this book was good at, it was its predictability.
Also, did I mention how America has never had a female friend? The explanation for this is that she is always working and was homeschooled. But someone she made time to have a steady boyfriend Aspen for 2 years. She even mentions his sisters, but apparently, they aren't friends. Even more, I found it super strange that she mentions that Maxon would have been someone she befriended at home had he been a neighbor.
So I guess America only had time to make male friends back at home. It's after she is forced to be around other females that she makes female friends. The thing about her female friends is that the only thing they ever talk about is Maxon. Though he is a supporting character to America, he holds the center of this novel, making it complete one-dimensional, lacking any character depth.
It's a real shame because the premise of The Selection isn't entirely a horrible one. But instead, Cass sets up a plot that is so staged that I couldn't possibly take it seriously.
Supporting characters are weaker to make America seem stronger. Supporting character make ridiculous suggestions so America can seem smarter. Rebels attack the palace for But, hey, those scenes make America look like a leader, so why not? What really kills me is how America tells Maxon that she "just needs time" to get over her ex-boyfriend, but he has no idea it's Aspen, the very guard he stationed right outside her bedroom at night. And she doesn't seem to have any inclination to tell Maxon either.
Also, Maxon doesn't own a set of balls. Like I said earlier, I can sort of see the appeal of this book and I've been told it's really popular among younger readers. Two hot boys, pretty dresses, a light and fluffy read. There is nothing wrong with these things. I occasionally like them in my books as well, depending on what kind of mood I'm in. But I would have liked the novel to be about more than just a girl choosing between each guy. We know nothing about her beaus outside of how "cute" they are to America.
What are their traits, strengths, morals? How do they individually enhance America's life? What do these male characters represent on a larger scale? How do they even differ? The Selection doesn't even begin to touch on any of those questions because the story doesn't actually leave you with any to ponder. What it does leave you with is a promise of a love triangle from hell and a sinking sense that the remainder of the series could only be one thing: My paperback came with a sneak peek of book 2 and I was very underwhelmed even more than I was with The Selection.
She starts off book 2 with the difficult choice of Maxon or Aspen. I think I will spare myself. So the question is: Is this book worth a read? In my opinion, no. Alternately, there's The Jewel that has a very similar feel, but is an overall stronger novel in every possible way. Read that instead. More reviews and other fantastical things at Cuddlebuggery. View all 57 comments. Sep 19, Lea rated it it was ok Shelves: This review was not affected by online drama or controversy.
Everything I have to say here is based on my own personal opinion about the book itself, even though I definitely think Cass needs a new publicist. All the captions in the non-animated picture memes were made by me-- because, you know, I'm just THAT brilliantly witty. So please don't use them without asking my permission first. View all 59 comments.
May 14, Miranda Reads rated it liked it Shelves: I really do. And I hope you never have to know what it's like to have to try and live without them.
North America was destroyed wars, financial crisis, etc. This new country came with a strict caste system with Ones being the royal family all the way down to Eights - poor, starving untouchables. America Singer , a Five, is among the artist caste. Hungry but not starving.
Poor but not destitute. She has a secret love , Aspen, a Six the laborers and cleaners and she knows nothing could be worse than their discovery. In her country, only the harshest of punishments are towards the unpure girls.
Life seems rather hopeless.. The Selection. Prince Maxon is ready to find his bride and the royals crowd-sourced 35 eligible healthy, virgins for the task. America signs up for the Selection under duress of her family and surprise, surprise our heroine is selected. Every week she remains in the prince's pool of suitable companions, her family gets much needed money. Every week she remains, she's one step closer to becoming a One.
As much as her family is rooting with her, she decides to cut a deal with Maxon. She'll be his friend, his eyes-and-ears in exchange for keeping her in the competition and her family will keep getting that sweet paycheck. I enjoyed the rather sweet romance that developed between our mains. Thank goodness it wasn't an insta-love sort of deal. Plus, who doesn't love it when there's solid banter between the leads?
It sounds weird, but bear with me. The country is in a bout of civil unrest, rebels both factions are breaking into the castle every other day It just felt very The author has the rebels breaking in so frequently that I really wondered if the king left the back door unlocked. The caste system added drama All in all, it could've been a great book if it was better fleshed out but it's still an entertaining one.
Just don't think too hard. Audiobook Comments Read by Amy Rubinate - not bad at all I don't think the folks really planned out this audiobook series at all. Book 1 - Queen Amberly no accent , her sister southern twang.
What the what. Blog Instagram Twitter View all 42 comments. Miranda Reads Jessica wrote: Apr 12, Janett Nice review. I love this series!
The first 3 books anyway. I agree that Kiera's research was lacking especially in simple things like calling Maxon "M Nice review. I agree that Kiera's research was lacking especially in simple things like calling Maxon "Majesty" which is improper for a Prince.
I also found that she struggled with the politicking. This series could've been way better had she taken the extra effort to do better research. I believe the reason why Clarkson decided on the timing to hold the Selection is explained in book 2. Aug 01, Maria rated it really liked it. How refreshing! I feel so much lighter now, like a weight has been lifted off of me.
I feel happy and fluffy and bubbly. This is such a fan and entertaining read. I can't even review it properly. You can't just criticize harshly a trash YA book, made to not be taken seriously. Guys, let some love into your life! This book meets The Hunger Games meets The Bachelor meets America's Next Top Model meets any kind of trashy reality show you will find on TV meets any kind of chick lit movie you will find on the cinema. And I loved it!
So many characters and settings reminded me of other characters and settings from other books and movies and tv shows, and it just made me giddy. This book would have been my favorite if I read it when I was 15 or something, at 21 I couldn't feel the same butterflies. I'm jealous of y'all for reading it when you were a teenager!
It must have been such a fulfilling and blissful experience. I'm gonna criticize some minor problems but nothing too serious. I don't want to ruin the jolly feeling this book gave me!
The main character's name is America Singer. America Singer. And guess what her profession is? A singer. Honestly, guys, I laughed out loud when this name was mentioned. I couldn't help it.
Non-Greek people, listen out. Kota in Greek is an insult for Greek people. A funny one. A trashy one. Also, it's chicken. But mostly an insult. Kota means hen. But hen isn't an insult in English, obviously. I think.
Correct me if I'm wrong. It's basically "bitch" in poultry form. The word has the same impact as bitch. Good talk. I'm still laughing at this name, and at the fact it's for a male character. I sent it to my friends and we all had a good laugh.
I always laugh sending them weird things from books I read. I'll talk about one more aspect I didn't like and then I'm done as I promised! I didn't find the world building too convincing. I feel like the story was too character and relationship driven, that the whole standpoint of the politics was unnecessary and redundant. I respected the castes derivative, it was unique and it mirrored so much our today's society, but she should have left it at that.
She should have evolved the world more for it to be taken seriously, or slowed down on the teen drama factor. Which is the reason these books are so fun and lovable, the teen drama trashy YA aspect of them. So, yes, I don't need world building here! Now onto I underestimated this book immensely. I truly thought the main character would be a shallow, superficial, dumb bitch, who only cared about the dresses and the fame and all that. A character like Celeste , you could say.
But I was pleasantly taken aback. America is an incredible character. She is funny, sassy, independent, clever, uncompromising. A true role model and I'm rooting for her. She really cares about her family and puts herself in a tough for her position which also brings danger in physical form. I hope she sorts her shit out in her head, and chooses the best for her. I was delighted that she stood up for them, brought them to safety, fought for them.
She showed how much of a Queen she can become. I feel like he's only with America for the physical stuff. And he's sneaky. Something is going on. Why was he only happy the last three months, like his mum said, when he's been with America for two years?
And, oh, so randomly, the girl fell and he caught her. By the waist, like couples hug intimately. We all saw how quick he was at picking out a lie when her maids entered the room. The boy is a natural breed liar. Something is gonna be revealed in the next books.
And I'm ready for it! I kept picturing Max Irons as him. I don't know if I'm wrong. When I read books, I always picture actors or singers or whatever for the characters I like most.
America was Bonnie Wright for me. Don't me. And let's continue with Maxon. I love him. I love him so much. He's so precious and he deserves love and respect and all the cookies in the world. I want to hug him. I want him to hug me with his gargantuan arms. The ones America likes. At the begging, it was all so awkward and everyone was at forks with everyone, because of the competition. Only Marlee was genuine with America.
I love how the women hate was vanished and how after all, aside the competition, they were there for each other. I want them to be united and strong in the next book, all six of them.
I was sad to see the others go so suddenly, but you know they were too many to remember. I want the characters of these last remaining five girls to be explored more. I want to stan new people! Initially, I thought Marlee was sneaky. She was so nice and giving to America, it should have been a trap. With it all being a competition and everything. But I trusted her after a while, and now again I don't. She is hiding too much. Something's fishy here. I thought they would meet, you know, classic shit, they would fall in love, he would find something special to her, she would rethink her past reflection of his character and blah blah blah.
Which is how it happened but with an unorthodox way. A maverick way. Fucking Logan Paul. I'm a fanfic person, shoot me. I want them to end up together. They bring out the best in each other. They're funny, snarky, honest with each other. That's why a romantic relationship should start from a strong friendship first. I'm all for it, in real life too. The point here is, ever since I joined Goodreads and watched lots of Bootube and basically joined the online book world, I'm very critical with books.
I used to read exclusively for joy but now, it's almost gone. Ever since I started writing more serious reviews which included serious criticism, I started getting more picky. I would never rate a book with 2 stars a few months ago, but it happened. Phone or email. Don't remember me. Ellen James. Ellen James pinned post 6 Feb Young Adult Books Jan 22, at 7: 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.
The Elite 2 Summary: 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.