AUTHOR: Kiera Cass
Genre: Fiction, Dystopian, Young Adult (YA/NA) Fantasy
Series: The Selection #1
Year Published: 2012
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: Hard Cover,336
COVER: Gorgeous…Who wouldn’t want that? Just give me that dress already *winks*
The backdrop of the story is a futuristic kingdom of Illea where society is divided into eight castes, the One being the Royal Family and the Eight, …well..obviously, the poorest people in the kingdom. THE SELECTION is an opportunity to all the young girls aged between 16 and 20 to participate and compete against each other for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon Schreave…wow…Yayy!… to live in a palace, to be swept up in a world of glittering gowns…like the one on the cover…Aah!.., and jewels.
The protagonist, America Singer,17, …unique name by the way… and her family are Fives (Caste Five). She receives a notice of THE SELECTION and her mother is ecstatic of the possibility …who wouldn’t be?… But America’s heart isn’t in it because of her secret relationship with Asper Leger, a Six …Lower Caste, hence, a Secret… however, America finally acquiesces to send her application, due to her mother’s constant nagging, fair compensation provided to her family for her participation and Asper convincing her as he couldn’t forgive himself for robbing her of the opportunity for a better life …Duh! Though his reason is sort of reasonable, who would send their so called ‘Love of Life’ to such a Selection? Isn’t she beautiful/talented enough to get selected as one of the 35 people? Idiotic move I say. He’ll have to face the consequences.