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Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

Title: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #1
Rating: 3 Stars

336 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by HarperTeen

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On a complete whim, I decided to read The Selection. I stayed away from it before because of all the dramallama connected to it, but since that has quieted down, I picked up the book. Because of all the scathing reviews around its release my expectations were pretty much rock-bottom.

The premise of the book is this weird cross between a dating reality show and a touch of dystopia. Add a love triangle, and you have The Selection. This is one of those books that people love to hate, and I understand that. The premise is pretty laughable – but then again, does that matter?

For me, no. With the glee of someone reading a forbidden book, I read The Selection. The book actually surprised me with the likeable characters and slow-burn romance. From the fact that it had a love-triangle I had assumed that we were getting into a Bella-esque instant without-you-I-will-die puppy-love. Instead we got a steady first boyfriend love interest and a friendship-turned-romance love interest. There is very little romance in the book from about 20% till 60%. Instead of the oozy swoonfest, The Selection presented the love-triangle in a believable and understandable way. Although I want her to make a choice already, I’m not hating it yet.

The world building is pretty shallow. There is very little reason given for things to be the way they are. The up side of this is that when you’re not given much information anyway, there is no room for plot-holes. I’m not sure whether that’s an extremely clever tactic or whether that’s just really sad.

Some people have told me that The Selection is a total mood book, and I agree. When you’re in the mood, it’s so much fun, and you’ll be picking teams and predicting outcomes. When you’re not… Well, there are plenty 1-star reviews putting their opinions down quite eloquently.

If I were the kind of person to feel guilty about spending two dollars on something that entertained me for a few hours, I would call The Selection a guilty pleasure. Since I’m not, I’m going to call it two dollar well spent!


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.

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  • Lola R

    I plan to read this eventually as it sounds like a fun and light dystopia book and I am happy to hear the love triangle was done well, although I can understand how you want her to choose already. I always feel that way with love triangles as well.

    Lol at your comments about the world building, I guess that’s one good thing about little world building indeed, no one can complain about plot holes. I hope the story and characters are good enough to dsitract me from the lack of world building.

    • http://www.nyxbookreviews.com/ Celine

      The Selection is really light, and perfect for a rainy afternoon. Ha, right? I tend to get more annoyed with world building if it doesn’t make sense, rather than when I don’t know much about it. Because America is in the same place for the biggest chunk of the book, there isn’t much necessity to show the rest of the world. I hope it works for you (: Thank you for stopping by, Lola

  • http://nijiclovers.blogspot.com/ Cayce

    I never finished the series, but I quite enjoyed this first book. It’s definitely a “guilty pleasure” (not that I actually felt guilty but you know…)/mood book and I think, in my case, it also helped that I listened to it on audio and the narrator was pretty good 🙂

    • http://www.nyxbookreviews.com/ Celine

      I agree, it is such a mood book. The other books in the series are all decent too, so if the mood strikes again some time, I’d recommend them (:

  • http://books-forlife.blogspot.com Blodeuedd

    I do have this fear that I would not be in the mood 😉

  • http://chapteriosity.blogspot.com/ Kezia D

    Haha, our thoughts are pretty much the same about this one! I was wary as well before starting due to the negative reviews — but let’s say that curiosity got the best of me. I really liked the relationship between America and Prince Maxon. They are both so adorable! Though I think the next book is much worse than this one.

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