Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection
Age Category: Young Adult
Release Date: April 24, 2012
The writings below are my opinions, you may let it influence you or you may not.
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.
The Three R's
Let me introduce you to Singer, America Singer (guess what she does?), one of thirty-five girls fighting for their chance at love...and royalty...and upward mobility (you thought you had it rough). America (Ames) is in lust with a chauvinistic Neanderthal (Aspen) and their relationship is masquerading as love. There's a joke in there somewhere.
Ames is sixteen and all she thinks about is marriage to Aspen so they could get it on...everywhere.
Another reason everyone married young: Waiting is torture.
Apparently, this country (not named America so we don't confuse it with Lady America Singer) is divided by castes. What rules kept America from Aspen? F if I know. I thought upward mobility was a dead dream but apparently it's quite easy: selection; drafting; you can buy your way up. e.t.c.
What is the national emblem and national anthem? You would think a singer would pay closer attention to those things. And Ames doesn't sound like she grasps one language, let alone three.
I thought America was slightly bearable away from Aspen but that accolade quickly went down the drain. Lady America Singer, Champion of the slower Castes, is one of those judgmental, condescending people who think they are the power behind the sun but are so humble because they don't point out the good they are doing but you should appreciate them regardless.
Ames, in regards to the girl she thought Aspen was dating.
Brenna was a Six and about my age. Pretty enough, I supposed, though she didn't look a bit like me.
Bariel was beautiful, but in a typical way.
For someone who claims to have loved Aspen for two years, America (I thought I could but I can't) doesn't know him at all. Which, I'm beginning to see, is the problem in their relationship.
Requisite love interest one. Has nothing to offer America except the shirt on his back and his...love and muscles and stolen kisses. He's of a lower caste. Unfortunately, his attitude is from the dark ages. Ames gives him food and what does he do? Get all "I'm a man why would you feed me even though I need the food? I'm suppose to feed you with my muscles and...I'm a man ugggghhh."
America, I'm supposed to be providing for you. It's humiliating for me to come here and have you do all this for me...I'm a man. I'm supposed to be a provider."
Requisite love interest two. Maxon's favorite smell is Vanilla, like his personality. He's also a prince.
WOF is up with the names? Tuesday Keeper? How about Misery Weeper?
The names killed me. Tenile Digger. Madga (autocorrected to Madagascar) and Shalom does not compare to Lady America Singer though.
The dialogue. The dialogue. The illusing dialogue! Slightly inane. Also, why is everyone whisper-yelling nowadays? Is there a hoarse flu thingy going around?
WTF is the national anthem? Give me a line, a hook...anything.
Perhaps all the money spent on this selection would be better spent on ensuring citizens had enough to eat. Also, there are nutritional pills. Why isn't this given to the lower castes who never have enough to eat?
Oh, so this is a game is it?
Prediction: America is The One.
The national anthem. What is it?