Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Dystopia, Romance
Published: April 24, 2012 by: Harper Teen
Rating: 4.5 Stars
The Selection follows the life of America Singer, who has been selected out of her town to be a suitable wife to the prince, who is looking for love. This requires America to leave her family, and secret love Aspen, who persuades her to go for the luxury and fame. America is not looking forward to any of this, until she meets Prince Maxon. Suddenly America's plan to leave the castle as soon as possible has changed, and she begins to be torn between the life she's always known, or a new opportunity.
I have heard everyone and anyone talk about this book, so I decided to give it a go. I have to say that I was quite impressed with it, and I didn't think that I would be. Going into it, I thought that it would be cheesy and plot-less, but what I got was a charming book that had some amazing plot twists.
Reading summaries of this book, I was kind of dubious to read a book involving princesses, which could be portrayed as cheesy or childish. I have to say that I was completely wrong. The book contained a perfect amount of dystopia, to romance, to royalty that just complimented each other.
I think that what really got me into this book was the fact that it wasn't predictable. Romance books, and especially love triangles can be a hit or miss, but I did not find myself practically knowing the outcome. I wanted to keep because of every twist and turn in the plot.
This book contained a lot of themes which I think would be great for many different tastes. Along with romance, there was a sort of post-apocalyptic feel about it. It involved themes of a corrupt government, and rebelling against traditional values. It was enough to keep anyone interested.
Even if you are not a fan of romance, I would still give this book a try. I personally prefer a happy medium of action to romance, which I think I got in this book. It's not a mushy romance novel with a dramatic love triangle, so do not be fooled.
Overall, I gave this book 4.5 stars out of 5 because it was a very easy to get through book, and also quite adorable. It was a great break to the more heavier and emotional books that I have been reading. So if you want to get out of a reading slump, or just want a break from very dramatic books, I would definitely recommend this. I can't wait to read the rest of the series!
Have you read The Selection? What did you think?
Emily @ Paperback Princess