I am going to say it straight away; this book was fluff for me. Yet there is nothing wrong with that. I like fluff, particularly in summer or when I am really tired. The cover caught my eye at the bookstore and I figured it would be an easy read, I was right. The story of America and how she enters the Selection to get away from the love of her life who broke up with her is one that many girls may find interesting, but there is not much deep thought here. The writing is easy to read, nothing too fancy used, and the love story is the center of the whole book. There is some added action with the attack of the rebels, but as I told Brandon it reminds me of Hunger Games but without the Hunger Games.
Bottom-line: I liked it well enough to buy the second book of the series “The Elite” and will probably also get the third book assuming it is a trilogy. However, this only received a 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads, just because it was fluff. 5th graders can read it no problem as long as they don’t mind a lot of love mush.
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.