Summary (goodreads.com): 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.
This book triggered the princess in me. I was firstly intrigued by the gorgeous cover and then by the story. So I just had to read it.
The main character is a very down-to-earth girl who couldn’t care less about appearance and money. She is loyal to her family and friends and knows exactly what she wants – or at least that’s what she thinks. I liked her from the beginning, the way she thinks and acts is refreshing. Her counterpart, the prince is one of my favourites. He is self-concious and feels lonely and pressured, yet seems to make the right decisions when needed. It is really hard not to like and have sympathy for him. Of course the book is not long enough to give in-depth information about all the characters, but I think Cass has done a good job telling the stories of the important ones.
Kiera Cass is a talented writer and captures emotions without being overly descriptive or incredulous. The story of a public casting show for the new princess, which in itself is not the most interesting, is enhanced with some suspense due to the rebel attacks that are a constant threat to the palace and even though it is set in a futuristic, slightly dystopian society, it is still very realistic and believable. It leads the reader through a range of emotion: love, loss, despair, anxiety, jealousy, loneliness, happiness and surprise.
I liked this book very much and am looking forward to the sequel (which will come out next month!). I hope I won’t be disappointed and that the story continues to capture me and all other readers. It is a great book to read because it is not too serious, but also not too shallow. It has some flaws (I don’t like Americas boyfriend, for one), but overall this book gets a 3 out of 5.