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 a palace and compete for the heart of 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.
“I hope you find someone you can’t live without.I really do. And I hope you never have to know what it’s like to have to try and live without them.”
GUYYYYYSSS! Okay. Here’s the situation. I’m not exactly a huge fan of rereads but somehow this year, I’ve done quite a lot. I wanted to reread The Selection series before I read The Heir and as I started reading this one, I was seriously doubting my decision. Not because it was bad but because I forgot how good and how much I loved it. I am beyond happy that I pulled myself together and made myself reread. Again, I initially read this book before my blog so this is my first real review — I wrote some comments on my Goodreads but there’s no real structure.
This book makes me so happy (and angry and frustrated) and I’m sure for those of you who’ve read this book, you probably agree with me on that haha. But I’m serious. This books makes me feel like I’m floating on a cloud, especially when it comes to Prince Maxon. I can’t believe I’ve forgotten how much I love him, how incredibly sweet and thoughtful he is. He really is the epitome of good. My extremely elated feeling is all because of Kiera’s writing. I just love it. It’s so beautiful yet so simple.
“Maxon lowered his lips to mine and gave me the faintest whisper of a kiss.
Something about the tentativeness of it made me feel beautiful. Without a word, I could understand how excited he was to have this moment, but then afraid at the same time. And deeper than any of that, I sensed that he adored me.
So this is what it felt like to be a lady.”
[Enter major feels] Moving on, the characters were great, like I said earlier, I am in love with Maxon Schreave. I liked America enough. She wasn’t the worst protagonist that I’ve read, but she really is frustrating — especially when Aspen is a concern. I do enjoy her character development and I love what she stands for. I love that she was very honest with Maxon and that she was genuine about her experience in the Selection. I especially love her relationship with her family! Another important character in the mix is Aspen. When I first read it, I liked Aspen — until he broke up with her in the beginning of the book and we meet Maxon! Now when I reread it, I just get so mad with the simple mention of Aspen. I cannot stand that guy! Even more than Chaol from Throne of Glass and friends, the hate is real. He’s too prideful and selfish for me and then he twists his actions to make you think that he’s doing something good — seriously just stop.
I love the plot, the concept, the execution. I love everything haha. I’ve been fangirling since I finished this book and can’t wait to start The Elite. I’m preparing myself though because the first time I read it, I was extremely frustrated with Maxon and America haha.