Book Chat: The Selection by Kiera Cass

Grab yourself a cup of tea, because it’s time for another book chat! This time, it’s on The Selection by Kiera Cass, which I finished a couple of days ago. Keep reading to see my thoughts on this lovely book.

Author: Kiera Cass
Form that I own: Kindle Ebook
Genre: Young-adult fiction
Published: April 24, 2012
Pages: 327 pages
My Rating: 4.5 stars

Blurb:

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.

My Thoughts

This book was absolutely delightful, and I really enjoyed reading it. It’s a book set in a dystopian world which centers around a girl named America who is part of the lower “castes” in her society. One day, it’s announced that The Selection was going to be held – which basically meant 35 girls would be picked to live with the royal family and compete to win the heart of the prince and become the next princess. When America hesitantly enters and is picked, she is very surprised and is then swept up into a whole new experience.
Like I said, I thought this book was wonderful. I thought that the characters were great and the character development was good. The plot was also good and was quite enjoyable. I wished there could have been more focus on the world building of this story though, but this book stuck to the romance part of the book which I did also enjoy to a large extent. 

Characters

America is the main character in this book, and personally, I liked her! I loved that she is a very individual, independent character. She was different from all the other girls that came into the Selection, and I loved the way she felt about Prince Maxon (which was that he would be a stuck-up, snobby pricne) – it made for an amazing development throughout the story. However, what infuriated me about her, was her torn feelings between Aspen and Maxon near the end of book and her sudden forgiveness of Aspen! Without a single thought – not even a thought of Maxon, after his apology was made, forgiveness was given. I didn’t like it at all.
I love Prince Maxon’s character. He is a completely different person than America expected. He was also quite a surprise to me too. I found him extremely endearing. He is very clueless when it comes to girls, which tugged at my heart strings many times in the book. He also has a good heart. When America tells him about the society she lives in and the hardships, he is moved so strongly by compassion and does something about it. He was a really lovable character for me.
I’ll mention Aspen a little bit. I have mixed feelings about him. He’s very proud and it makes him quite stubborn. Some of his actions made me feel pretty negatively about him but there’s not much development of him in this book to have a complete opinion on him, but I’m sure there’s more development in the next two books. 

The Plot

The plot was average, but it was a good one. I didn’t find it too predictable, there was not an overload of romance, but a steady development of romance, there’s also some action and some slight world building that adds some action.
I loved the development in Prince Maxon and America’s relationship. No insta-love involved! Cheers to that! They got to know each other and there were definitely some funny moments weaved in. America learns a great deal about who he is and what he’s like before she really starts to get the slightest feelings for him. Some people said that it was quite annoying that America held back her feelings so much towards Maxon or that she was too slow. I found it to be great! It made me come to love their relationship so much!
In terms of world-building, I wish there was more. Maybe there is more to come in the second book, which I hope so, because I believe that would top off this book and make it amazing. 

The ending of the book left me with quite an open possibility of what is going to happen in the next book. Thinking about it, it gets my imagination running. So let me give you my first thought on how the book will continue: first is that it will continue on with the game of the Selection and continue on seeing the development of Maxon and America’s relationship, plus some major conflict to do with Aspen, but ultimately it will be focused in the palace. My second theory – also the path in which I wish for the story to go – is that something major happens to do with the rebels and the palace and maybe America is kidnapped, but the story would focus not only on the romance and it’s development but also have more action to do with the world and the rebels. However, I doubt that this second option would be true. 

Overall, this book was enjoyable and I’m excited to jump into the next book in the trilogy, The Elite. 

Thanks for reading this book chat! I hope you enjoyed it, and comment down below your thoughts on this book or anything you’d wish to say. 
~ josiethebookworm xoxo

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