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The Selection - Kiera Cass
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The Selection - Kiera Cass
Advantages: A good rainy day read
The Selection Kiera Cass
--- Book Synopsis ---
Thirty-five beautiful girls. Thirty-five beautiful rivals...
It's the chance of a lifetime and 17-year-old America Singer should feel lucky. She has been chosen for The Selection, a reality TV lottery in which the special few compete for gorgeous Prince Maxon's love.
Swept up in a world of elaborate gowns, glittering jewels and decadent feasts, America is living a new and glamorous life. And the prince takes a special interest in her, much to the outrage of the others.
Rivalry within The Selection is fierce and not all of the girls are prepared to play by the rules. But what they don't know is that America has a secret - one which could throw the whole competition... and change her life forever.
--- Review ---
I read The Selection by Keira Cass over a weekend, I found it a really fast read. I did enjoy it, it kept me entertained and the whole story seemed to flow well but the book lacked depth. There just wasn't enough background information about the world, the characters or the situations they found themselves in. And when there was information we had to learn for the story to make sense it was introduced in a big info dump rather than interwoven with the plot. For example the only background information the reader gets about the world of The Selection comes from a 'history lesson' that all the girls were made to attend. The history lesson just seemed to be dropped in because the author thought "oh wait a moment I better add some world building..." it just didn't work. It's was a dull way of doing something vital.
The story itself although entertaining was painfully predictable and bordering on a bit bland it seemed like something I had read before. In my opinion the story on a whole borrowed what felt like a few ideas from The Hunger Games and Wither (other popular YA) and mixed them around with a splattering of The Bachelor (American TV programme) and hey presto The Selection was created. I don't want to sound mean spirited, I did enjoy the story at points and I read the book in no time at all but it just felt like something else I had already read. The characters, the setting, the love triangle, it was all the elements that I have began to get tired of in a lot of other YA. Personally, I don't think The Selection is the pick of the bunch, especially if you are after an more original take on the dystopia genre.
America Singer wasn't a favourite character of mine. She was too perfect, too beautiful, too talented, too humble, too kind and with just the right amount of temper and stubbornness to make her 'stand out' from the crowd. PREDICTABLE, predictable, predictable and bland. She was also pushed around by all her love interests and didn't really seem to have any personality of her own.
However, I did like the character of Maxon, the Prince. He wasn't entirely what I had guessed right at the start and some of the chemistry between him and America was well written. Maxon alone just wasn't a strong enough character to win me completely over. I prefer my characters with some flaws, some spark and something to make them stand out from the wealth of great fiction out there.
Now my biggest problem with this book was that it didn't have an ending! Yes, that's what I said, no ending. It wasn't like what I would classify as a cliff hanger it was more like the author got tired and stopped mid story or mid chapter. I know that this is becoming more of a trend in the YA market with certain series but it's just a pet peeve of mine. Stories should have a beginning, middle and an end, complete with an exciting hook to make you want to pick up the next book, just don't stop somewhere that feels like the middle.
To sum, The Selection is fluff, pure and simple entertaining fluff. If you are in the mood for something rather mediocre or a rainy day read that doesn't require any real thought then this may just be the book for you. Otherwise, don't get pulled in by the pretty cover and wait for the release of all the books so you don't get irked by the non-ending and then have to wait at least a year for the next instalment.
The Selection was rather readable, it just lacked substance. Despite some of my more negative comments the book did manage to entertain me and even make me smile occasionally (in between some pretty intense eye rolling sessions). I of course will be reading the next book, because even despite the fact I could probably take a good guess at where the story is going I sometimes like a bit of fluff...
From me The Selection by Kiera Cass gets an underwhelming Two out of Five stars - it was just an ok read.
Genre - YA, dystopia/romance
Published by HarperCollins Children's Books (June 2012)
Paperback - 327 pages (£6.99)
Summary: Two out of Five stars