Release Date: April 24, 2012
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 the palace and compete for the heart of the 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.
To be completely honest, I spent a while refusing to read this book. It has been a very controversial book since Wendy Darling, a very trusted Goodreads "citizen" reviewer, posted a one-star review which made the author and agent react in a most distasteful and unprofessional way, not to mention hands-down childish. The issue was so popular that made it to PW. Then, came the CW planning to base a new show on this book as well, which apparently didn't make it after all. I had refused to grab the ARC from the conventions I've been to and from Amazon Vine when the chance arose. But when Harper offered me the audio version for review, there was my chance to satisfy my curiosity without having to actually read the thing. When books are controversial, regardless of how negative the controversy is, sadly, they spark curiosity and it ends up working in their favor. Just ask E.L James.
So I finally unwrapped the mystery of The Selection. And... uh maybe my expectations were too low, or maybe I was just so set on not enjoying it, that the total opposite happened. Funny how that works. I mean, yes, dialogue is extremely childish and not at all believable, the main character's name was outrageous (America Singer) and the too-stupid America deserved a loud slap more than half the time, BUT the story was fun! More than fun, it was creative and simply a great idea for a book. Part dystopia, part fairy tale and features a reality show where one girl becomes a Princess? How did I not think of this before!? I bet if this book gets big maybe Simon will make one for Prince Harry! *cackles*
Overall, I wont lie, I very was entertained throughout the story. The audiobook reader was very good, so I really enjoyed the situations as she told them. Dialogue became even more awkward sometimes as it was being told, but I can't deny I find the concept fascinating. I am actually sad I wont get to see this thing play out a la Gossip Girl. Pretty interesting to have a non-reality tv show based on a reality show. I did wish while reading that the cameras were on the girls at all times which would've totally complicated the plot to the point of awesome, but I guess it didn't fit in the middle-school version of romance that this has. Another fact: I don't think any book could live up to that purrfect cover!
If you like Fairy-tales and have patience with Bella-type female characters, you will enjoy this one!