Published by Harper Collins on April 24th 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopia, Romance
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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.
Okay, I have to be honest. The reason why I picked up this book in the first place was because it has such a pretty dress on the cover. (Yes, I totally judged a book by its cover, but don’t we all?) Then, when I read the synopsis, I was like, “Oh my God. Gowns. Balls. Prince and Princesses.” *spazzed for a moment*
One of my favorite things are princess-y stuffs. With pretty pretty ball gowns that I can totally imagine on myself HAHA. (That prolly explains my obsession with Meg Cabot’s Princess Diaries series.) But anyway, on to this book. There are in total thirty-five girls who had been Selected to be Prince Maxon’s wife. For most girls, they would squeal at this rare opportunity, but not America Singer (DAMN IT I TOTALLY LOVE HER NAME). America has already known what she wants-she wants to marry Aspen, her secret boyfriend of two years. Secret because he is a caste below hers. Trust me when I said that she was quite unhappy at being selected. She did not want to be a princess. But then she meets Prince Maxon, who is unlike what she thought of him. SIGH.
Let me get this straight for a moment, so that people will understand.
I DO NOT LIKE ASPEN. I AM #TEAMMAXON. Understood? Okay. HAHA.
America is awesome. (Sorry, lack of adjectives.) She isn’t any typical girl, by all means. But I think what I totally love about her is that the author doesn’t write her out as too different. Sometimes a female character, in an attempt too sound unorthodox, will actually sound quite annoying and weird. So in this case, I loved that although America does not care about being a princess and living the rich life at all, she did find it appealing. Like, she does not detest it. Rather, she thinks it doesn’t suit her tastes.
Another reason why you should read this book is because of WAR. Okay, I know that is a very strange reason, but really. In the midst of all the pretty pretty settings, a war is actually breaking out. WELL, KINDA. You have to read to know more about it. But yeah, I don’t know, I like the idea that behind all the perfection, war is actually breaking out so YAY.
AND THE GUYS. YOU HAVE TO READ FOR THE GUYS. Totally swoon-worthy please. And well, girl dramas HAHA. But there isn’t really those whiny type, because I guess these girls are more mature than the typical high school girls, so you don’t have to worry about that.
SO? What are you waiting for? Get this book NOW.