Title: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’sBooks
Published: 24 April 2012
Buy here : Amazon UK
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.
The Selection is a dystopian set after the United States has been destroyed. In place is a caste system that rules which jobs you are able to perform, the higher your caste, the more money you are able to make and the easier life is, the ultimate caste is one. This is reserved for royalty and family, only the ‘best of the best’ are her and the only way into it is to be born in. Or is it? The Selection is the process in which a new bride is chosen for the Prince, he marry’s a commoner to show his love for his country. He gets a certain choice to who becomes his bride and future queen, but not much. He has to chose out of 35 contestants to have been chosen from throughout the country. The nation gets to watch the awkward matchmaking process in a Bachelor-style program, in which he goes on dates with certain girls and they get eliminated depending on Prince Maxon’s choice.
America Singer is a girl that is within the age range to take part in the selection, she is a lowly caste 5 as well as the rest of her family, Caste 5 is the caste for the artists: Musicians, Painters, Sculptors etc… they must chose at least one skill and take this up as their job, America is a musician and sings as well as playing numerous instruments. Her mum wants her to take part in the Selection, each week a contestant lasts in the palace, the family of the contestant receives money in compensation, also they could possibly become the future queen. America doesn’t particularly want to take part, her heart is with Aspen who is in caste 6. No one really marries below their caste, this would result in less money that they would be able to earn as well as a decrease in the social ladder. When Aspen tells America to enter her name, she complies just to humour him. However when her name is drawn reality starts to manifest and she realises the situation she is now in.
When she enters the palace almost everyone is a higher caste than her, they all seem to know what to do and what to wear. Maids, 3 meals a day, fancy dresses, it’s all too much for America, but is the prize worth all the effort? Will Maxon see through America’s caste and choose her, even against the odds?
I loved this book, it reminded me slightly of the hunger games in that there are castes and in HG there are districts and the decrease in the amount of money they earn. Also one person from each region is selected, in HG one person from each district. People are eliminated in both, though luckily in slightly different ways. However it was very different in the actual content in the book. If you like dystopian’s and bachelor type shows, actually even if you don’t like the bachelor, i’d really recommend this book 🙂
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