The Selection by Kiera Cass was a terrific book, what took me so long to read it? It’s Divergent meets The Bachelor, with a bit of Cinderella thrown in for a fairy tale quality. I finished this at ummm…..maybe 2am this morning and one clicked book two at 2:05am. #ThatsHowIRoll
Let’s start with a quote:
“Oh, yes. She’s still here,” Maxon said, not letting his eyes wander from Gavril’s face. “And I plan on keeping her here for quite a while.” Prince Maxon #JustYourEverydayPrinceofHotness
Here’s the deal, the story is set in the future and it really is a bit like Divergent or Hunger Games in that there’s a caste system. Everyone is born with a number that represents how they contribute to society. The h, America, is a five. Fives are artists or musicians and don’t make a lot of money. The boy she loves is a six, his name is Aspen. BTW, I love these names. I may name my next dog Aspen. We’ll see what Sparky says. Anyway, as a six, Aspen is a lower caste than America and performs servant type jobs. They have been in love for two years. It’s all very top secret. Their relationship is passionate and very sweet. They want to get married, but a girl marrying down a caste is really not cool in this society and Aspen struggles with that concept.
Cue the royal family. When a prince reaches the marrying age, the royal family has what they call, The Selection. Girls from all of the different regions apply to be considered for the honor of being the prince’s wife. This would be the Bachelor like element of the series. If a girl is one of the chosen 35 to “compete” for this honor, her family is compensated for the time away and she automatically moves up in the caste system. This is a big incentive, along with the shot at being the queen someday. #Winning
Aspen wants America to apply to The Selection. He doesn’t want to hold her back from this opportunity to improve her life. She’s really not into it, loves Aspen, doesn’t like the idea of the prince or the entire contest itself. After some intense prodding from her mother, she goes for it and applies. Shortly after, Aspen breaks her heart and leaves her. He just can’t accept the idea that he’ll never be able to provide for in a way he sees fit. Against all odds, she is chosen to represent her region in The Selection. To summarize, the love of her life has just dumped her and now she’s off to meet some suave, rich, handsome prince along with 34 other girls.
The girls are just what you expect. Some are nice, one is really mean, some are shy, all are attractive and to varying degrees they want to marry the prince. Many are there to get the crown. They care not much for him, but want the fame and status. Hmmmm….sounds very like a reality tv show. Prince Maxon ends up not being at all what America thought he would be. He’s nice, gentle, down to earth, open to her, lonely and kinda scared over this whole process. He hasn’t dated and is very removed from the world he will one day rule. They are both very honest with each other and strike up a true friendship. She’s his inside girl on the The Selection, what’s happening in the world, and maybe the only person who’s ever been a good friend to him.
But then there’s a twist, because of course there is!
Aspen “I can’t marry you even though I love you more than life itself” is back. He is drafted to be a soldier and assigned to the palace. Prince Maxon and America see Aspen, and of course America immediately recognizes him. Aspen and America only admit to being from the same hometown. The prince, being the super nice guy he is, suggests that Aspen be America’s guard. He feels that a bit of home would be good for her. Because he really, really, really likes her a lot. #BadMoveMrPrince
And, ladies…now we have a love triangle. A triangle that the prince doesn’t even know exists. The book ends with there being just six girls. And America must decide who she really wants. Aspen vs Prince Maxon. Normally, I would prefer one choice over another. I’m very decisive on such things. In this one, I’m torn. Really I am. The moments with Aspen and America are good, they have such a close connection, true deep love. But, the prince is winning me over, too. The whole idea of a bunch of girls competing for his hand is a bit gross to me. I have this same reaction to the Bachelor. That’s my slight issue with the prince, he’s spending time with other girls, and who knows what they’re doing. #WinkWink #Yuck
And now I’m in for the series, down for the count, binge reading them all. #HandMeSomePopcorn I’ll probably ignore all my chores and things to do today to read book two. And then I will find myself one clicking at 2:05am again tomorrow morning.
I give the The Selection an A and can’t wait to finish this post so I can sneak away and read book two, The Elite.