This book was recommended to me by a dear friend I met from school. She described it to me as being “a fairy tale dystopia meets The Bachelor.” And so I was immediately on board with that and got it from the library as fast as humanly possible.
Reading Challenge: A book a friend recommended
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.
Likes: I really enjoyed America as a character, as well as her relationship with Maxon and friendship with Marlee. Seeing the way the girls all reacted to the pressure of the Selection and to the competition among each other was also really interesting. I found America and Marlee’s relationship refreshing, since I love strong girl friendships in books.
Dislikes: The worldbuilding wasn’t very detailed in this book. The plot was also a little predictable.
Tune in next week for my review of The Elite by Kiera Cass!