My mother was pushing for me to listen to this book. I had just introduced her to overdrive app. These two were available and she borrowed both The Selection and The Elite. She was finished listening to it in three days! I could not listen to it until now because I had school and many things to read. Then, there's MPRE hanging over my head!
I found myself enjoying this book. It feels a bit like The Hunger Games except here, we deal with caste system. Also, not one of the 35 is trying to kill the others. I think 1 for royalty and all the way to 7. America Singer is 5, they are musicians and artists. America also has a boyfriend named Aspen. No premarital sex in society. It is a crime punishable by death. As a consequence, many couples marry young. The lower caste also tend to have more children because birth control is evidently reserved for the higher caste.
Prince Maxon is looking for a bride, so the way this society do it is have the eligible women, 18-25, I think, enter a contest where someone would choose thirty-five girls out of the lot. America makes the cut and she's at the palace. She told the prince she was already in love with someone else and is not interested in falling in love with the prince.
America and Maxon become friends of sorts. And this makes the story very good. In some way, it is better than The Hunger Games because there is no high body count. It is like The Bachelor meets Hunger Games. One of the young adult books I enjoy. Thanks to my mother who recommend. She has already per-ordered The One coming out in May 2014.
Summary:For 35 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, and 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.