The Selection (Paperback)

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This is book number 1 in the The Selection series.


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Kiera Cass's novel The Selection is a delightful and warm YA dystopian - which sounds like an impossible combination, but made for a great book.  Thirty five girls have been chosen to attend the royal Selection in hopes of becoming the prince's wife.  While America is adamant that she has no desire to participate, her family and secret boyfriend convince her to put her name in.  Of course her family wants her to win so that they can be elevated from their lowly caste status of five and no longer have to worry about food and her boyfriend (even lower than she is as he is a six) knows that this could mean that America never has to worry about surviving day to day again.  Out of hundreds of girls, America is chosen to go to the palace and date the prince.  While the extra income is good for her family, America is sure she will never have feelings for the prince but she decides it works out for everyone if she continues to compete.

I'll be honest, I picked this book up because the cover is breathtaking, then I started reading and fell in love with this story.  The events were predictable and similar to the TV show the Bachelor, but I adored the characters and found myself reading the entire book in a day.  America and Prince Maxon's relationship is so much fun to read.  Their up and down relationship is witty, charming, and just very sweet.  I found myself hurrying to get to the next section with both of them just to see what they would say.   This was a great character book and a wonderful way to escape the day.  I am really excited to start book two, The Elite later tonight.

— Jody

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“In this dystopian setting that overlays a futuristic society with the things we love about old-fashioned fairy tales, Cass weaves an intriguing story with the perfect balance of real-world problems and romance. America is a young, proud girl with a big heart and a bit of a temper from an impoverished family and social class,. She's a talented, self-respecting character who is great fun to follow in this fantastic Bachelor-type setting. I can't wait for the sequel!”
— Larissa Genschaw, Children's Bookshop, Kent, WA

Description


Fall in love—from the very beginning. Discover the first book in the captivating, #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series.

Prepare to be swept into a world of breathless fairy-tale romance, swoonworthy characters, glittering gowns, and fierce intrigue perfect for readers who loved Divergent, Delirium, or The Wrath & the Dawn.

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape a rigid caste system, 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, and competing for a crown she doesn’t want.

Then America meets Prince Maxon—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Don’t miss The Betrothed, a glittering royal romance sure to captivate Kiera Cass’s legion of loyal readers and lovers of courtly intrigue alike!

About the Author


Kiera Cass is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Selection series and The Siren. She is a wife and mom and too many other things to list. If she could make a crown out of anything, it would be the unending tears of her readers. You can learn more about Kiera and her books at www.kieracass.com.

Praise For…


“An engrossing tale reminiscent of Shannon Hale’s Princess Academy and Ally Condie’s Matched. Fairy-tale lovers will lose themselves in America’s alternate reality and wish that the next glamorous sequel were waiting for them.”
— School Library Journal

“Cass’s immensely readable debut novel is a less drastic Hunger Games, with elaborate fashion and trappings. The fast-paced action will have readers gasping for the upcoming sequel.”
Booklist

“A cross between The Hunger Games (minus the bloodsport) and The Bachelor (minus the bloodsport), this trilogy launch is a lot of fun. Cass deftly builds the chemistry between America and Maxon, while stroking the embers of America’s first, forbidden love.”
Publishers Weekly

“Reality T.V. meets dystopian fairy tale in Kiera Cass’s delightful debut. Charming, captivating, and filled with just the right amount of swoon!”
— Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of Paranormalcy


Product Details
ISBN: 9780062059949
ISBN-10: 0062059947
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: March 26th, 2013
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: The Selection