the selection

The Selection Kiera Cass

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.

It took me a while to read this book, but oh my it was worth the wait! I only put it down to sleep and work, and started the second book straight away. I loved everything about this book. The setting was great and I liked the detail of the history about how the world ended up this way and how the Selection was started. I really do not like Aspen though, I just wish he was not there, I love Maxon and really want America to end with him, I know given the titles of the next two books that she probably will.
I think I may have worked out what is wrong with Marlee, let’s hope she does not get into too much trouble for it. I liked how the selection was not skipped over for sake of a quick story, every part was new and exciting. It was good to have some politics and some danger, just to mix things up and give the story some depth. I like how real America is, she does not think herself the most beautiful but neither does she think she is ugly, a nice happy medium which is probably closer to the truth for most people, even if they are not willing to admit it.
I am intrigued to find out what each set of rebels want. What the ones from the North are searching for, if they are actually searching for something.
I want Celeste out, I fear she is up to no good, she obviously wants to be Queen, but how far will she go to get it?
I know cannot wait any longer to read the second one, I think I have a book addiction 

5 out of 5 stars.

I would recommend it to anyone who loves YA and dystopian books.