Book Review: The Selection // Why would you date a man named after a TREE?!

Imagine if Prince Perfect invited you and thirty-four others to his luxury mansion. A dream come true, right? Maybe, but there’s just one catch. One of you has to stay with him…forever.

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For the people who haven’t read this book…

Our Review (minus any spoilers)

“I would give this book two out of five stars. The first time you read it you were really excited to know what happened, but after reading the book once, you realize that the writing style was immature and the plot ideas overused. That’s going to get a lot of sass because people like this book but unfortunately I didn’t.”

-Clara Oswald

“I too would give this book a two of five stars. I enjoyed the suspenseful nature of the book’s plot, but the overly obvious love triangle was rather irritating. As a matter of personal preference, there was several characters that I disliked.”

-Hermione Montrose

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America Singer is in love. And even better, she’s in love with a starving man named after a tree! So naturally she steals food from her hardworking family to feed the hungry boyfriend during their nightly make-out sessions. America sees this guy, Aspen, as her future. Unfortunately, there’s about ten thousand problems with her and Aspen getting hitched.

America lives in a futuristic society brilliantly divided into a caste system. You got your Ones, the royalty, the rich and privileged Two’s and Three’s, and Five’s like America’s family. Fives are artists, so her family manages to scrape together enough cash by yodeling, splatter-painting, and making the best of their outstanding musical skills. Aspen is a Six, so his life is doomed to be one endless saga of poverty and work. But with America by his side, anything is possible, right? After all, America is strong, red-haired, fiery, stubborn, independent, kind, easily-angered, friendly, beautiful, and sensitive. Too bad Aspen has a pride complex and dumps her.

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Luckily for America, there’s another guy in her future. Namely, the prince of the entire realm: Maxon Schreave. Maxon needs a wife, and there’s only one way he’ll ever manage to get one. The Selection. (Also known as that Bachelor television show). Prince Maxon gets a batch of gorgeous gals selected for him, and gets to choose the hottest one, all as part of a reality TV show! (And somehow this is supposed to keep the morale of the country up…) America conveniently gets picked for the Selection and is swept into a glamorous life at the palace. She gets a new BFF, new maids, a make-over, and a grand piano. But why does she decide to stay? That’s right-the food! Seems to be a pretty reoccurring theme in this book…

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Naturally, America makes friends with Maxon. He turns out to be a highly sensitive guy who has a passion for photographs, and a need to control America’s clothing if she doesn’t win a bet with him. And just when America is beginning to adjust to a life at the palace, a mysterious visitor from her past turns arrives to turn her world upside down. Guess who? ASPEN!!! WEEEEEEEE! Now they can have more make-out sessions and leave America with a pressing Question. Will she choose the Prince who can save her family from finical ruin, or the finally-fed Aspen (now handily a Three?)

NOW, for the people who have devoured (read) this lovely little tale, here’s the in-depth review of the Proud & Prejudiced Book Thieves:

Don’t worry, this review isn’t going to be 110% negative, like someone throwing acid on your flower garden. The book obviously has some bright spots in it, so we’ll start with those.

For starters, the plot was quite suspenseful. You’d think that several pages describing America’s makeover session-oooh what type of nail polish does she put on—would be boring, but the author pulled the reader through. We really did want to find out who won the Selection, who this Maxon guy was, and if America ever decided to actually try at the Selection.

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The setting of the book was very vivid; however, it didn’t feel like you were in the world with the characters, it felt like you were watching a really well-designed movie. The type of movie that has great costumes, makeup, CGI, the works, but you just aren’t in the character’s heads.

America’s family had a great dynamic, and she had believable relationships with her parents and siblings. This very real family gave the book such an authentic feeling. All of her family members had understandable motives for acting the way they did, especially in the case of America’s mother and older brother. This was a refreshing change from the abused and hated YA heroine whose parents are either evil or dead.

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Yet the book’s good points didn’t necessarily outweigh the bad (sorry Selection fans). The entire allure of the plot was based on suspense. That’s a good thing, yes, but it means once you’ve completed the book (or the series) there’s really no deep yearning to read it all again. It’s like a Mission Impossible movie, on the edge of your seat the first time, and asleep the next time.

Some of the characters were annoyingly flawless. Take Maxon, for example. Even when later books reveal his defects, he is merely a victim of circumstance. No matter what, his personality still retains that angelic glow. Back to the original Selection, it was totally unrealistic to have only one really nasty girl. Some of the girls were sassy or shallow, true, but they should have thrown in a couple more Celestes. Obviously the author couldn’t have given an in-depth description of the personalities of all thirty-five girls, but she could of have imbued a little more cattiness into the girls did she highlight.

Finally, the dreaded YA fiction love triangle. Even though the romance in the book was designed to drive the plot along, the love triangle was obnoxiously blunt. There was no mystery behind the a-girl-likes-two-guys drama, nothing was woven into the story, everything was shoved into the reader’s face. All the romantic relationships were, in a word, cliché.

Graphic Violence None
Sex Intense make-out scenes, nobody actually has any sex but it gets pretty darn close. The government has rules restricting sex and pregnancy
Homosexuality None
Language Some cussing
Disturbing Elements ASPEN 😉

Author: Kiera Cass

Genre: Dystopian Romance

Page Count (Paperback): 327

Interest Level: YA Fiction

If you DID like the Selection, fear not! These books never end!!!

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Oh, this review made me laugh so much; I loved it! I’ve not actually read these books, but I don’t plan to, so I read the whole post.

    “If you DID like the Selection, fear not! These books never end!!!”

    I completely lost it! Good thing I wasn’t drinking anything when I read this, because it would be all over my computer screen.

    My friend is trying to get me into this series, but it doesn’t seem like my cup of tea.

    Excellent review!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Pfft, I know, snorting drinks+electronics= NOTHING good. Thank you ever so much!!!

      Liked by 1 person

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