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Author: Kiera Cass
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Edition: Hardcover (327 pages)
Cover Review: I love the cover! The dress is amazing, especially the blue color...
Series: The Selection (bk. 1)
Main Character: America Singer
"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.Story line: The story line of this novel was quite unique. This novel is about 35 girls chosen out of a lottery who get to go and compete for the chance of being the new princess. This is all broadcasted on live T.V.
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."
Our protagonist is America Singer, who is in caste 5 in the caste system (another thing I loved about this novel-the caste systems!). America is in the artist caste system, and her talent is singing. Her boyfriend, Aspen, is in a caste below her. He is sort of like a maid, and he has to help people for a living. Aspen and America have been secretly dating for a while. One night, Aspen tells her that he is enlisting to join the army. He tells America that she has to try out to compete for the prize of being a princess. Aspen believes that if America spends her life with him, he will not be giving her the best life possible. For one, she will be going down in the caste system. America goes along with the idea (even though she really doesn't want to) and ends up being one of the 2 fives to be chosen. She ends up becoming friends with Maxon, even though she didn't expect to.
Characters: Of course, my favorite character is Prince Maxon. He is always so sweet and innocent. I think he and America are perfect for each other. America was a great character as well. She really grew throughout the novel. Aspen on the other hand, was the one character I disliked. (SPOILER) I felt like he kind of broke up with America, and then when she and Prince Maxon begun to kind of "get together", he barged right in and took his girl back. (SPOILER DONE)
All in All: This is definitely one of my favorite books of 2012 so far. It was fantastic, and I plan on reading it a few more times this year. I hope the series continues, because I really want to have a sequel now! *I also heard that CW picked up the rights to this novel as a T.V. show, and I really hope that happens as well! I love the CW book-to-TV adaptations (like the Vampire Diaries!).*
Rating: 5+/5 Lightning Bolts definitely.
Have you read this book? I'd love to hear what you think!
Summary, photo, and info at top were all found at Goodreads.