The Selection by Kiera Cass Book Review

The Selection by Kiera Cass Book CoverThe Selection
Kiera Cass
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Pages: 327
Challenges: 2012 Debut Author Challenge

Rating: 5 stars 

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 the palace and compete for the heart of the 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 Selection by Kiera Cass, wow, what a book. The Selection is the perfect example of how a dystopian should be done. It was hands down the best dystopian I have ever read, and I loved every moment of it. One marvelous debut from Kiera Cass.

The world Kiera Cass has crafted was just magical and I was swept up in it in an instant. I loved every moment of it – I loved that America was from the caste that was artists.

The plot was so fun. I mean, what girl hasn’t dreamed of having a chance at being a princess? This is exactly the chance America and 34 other girls are handed.. There is such a romance and magic to the plot, while Kiera Cass shakes it up adding in a caste system, frightening rebels, and a heaping amount of drama. The entire book was so intense – I was hanging on every word wanting to

Maxon, oh my, he is one heck of a prince. The chemistry between him and America was absolutely adorable.  I have heard some people having trouble choosing between him and Aspen, and I can firmly announce I am a Maxon girl. Marlee was such a sweetheart. I really hope to see more of Adele in book 2, as she was a hoot. I loved that America was such a strong heroine and stayed true to her spunky old self. The Selection has such a wonderful cast of characters and I just loved seeing them all change and grow throughout the book.

The ending was my least favorite part of The Selection, as I was so caught up in the story and I was so sad to see it end. I don’t want to have to wait for more story. I have already begun my countdown to book 2, as The Selection ends with one heck of an ending. The book reached this ultimate high, and ends like that.

This is the dystopian for people who don’t like dystopians. I rarely like them, and it has been ages since I have loved one as much as I loved The Selection. Kiera Cass is such a talented writer, and I really cannot wait for see what will be next for her. This is a book I will press into the hands of everyone I know, as it was truly magical.


  1. says

    OOoOO You finally read it!!! Wasn’t it fairy tale cuteness? I loved this lighter ton of Dystopians, I agree I’m also not such a big fan of Dystopians. They have to ber very special and this one was! It definitely was not completely focused on the horrible new world. In fact I even liked the Royal family!
    Glad to see you so excited!!!! and I’m freaking excited for you to meet her!!!!
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  2. says

    Erica! What on earth am I going to do about this book?!

    I thought I had made up my mind to not read this one because all of the drama that surrounded it for some time and the fact that it is already being produced is off-putting to me. Now that I’m reading all of these great reviews from bloggers that I love and trust I just don’t know what to do with myself!

    Sigh *closes eyes and adds it back to my wish list on Goodreads*

    See the things you make me do! lol jk

    Thanks for the great review!
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  3. says

    I really liked this one too-definitely good for fans of lite-dystopia of which I am one. I am also Team Maxon! I don’t know how people could struggle to decide when he is *so* obviously superior :)
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  4. Nikkita Erickson says

    I just finished this book and was quite sad to see how many negative reviews I read on other websites. I thought this story was totally sweet and light-hearted. I’m so sick of reading books filled with so much intense sadness, pain and death. I love how this is a Dystopian novel that a young teen can read. And sometimes, I like to just read silly, simple, indulgent romances. Not every book has to be action-packed and political, sometimes it can just be a fun, light read. I LOVED it!!! <3 Can't wait for the sequel.


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