I can’t believe how much loved this series. It took me by surprise and kept me guessing!
That is just one beautiful cover. How could I resist? Well, I couldn’t. That’s why I’m writing this review.
I devoured this book and the ones that followed in just a couple weeks. I have to admit I neglected my own writing in order to do so. Normally, I write during my lunch break, but when I was in the middle of this series, I read before work, at lunch, and before bed. I couldn’t wait to turn the page.
In this series, America Singer, lives in a world of castes. She and her family are musicians, which is a 5 in the caste system. She’s in love with a 6 boy named Aspen, and doesn’t mind the life of poverty they will lead. However, when the King and Queen announce that there will be a Selection among all eligible girls in the nation, Aspen tells her she has to try. If there’s a way for her to be plucked from this hard life, then he wants her to do it.
I’m the first to admit that I don’t normally read this type of ‘feel good’ story. Of course, that was only my first impression upon seeing the cover. Maybe that’s why I never knew this series existed until now. “The Selection” was released back in 2013. Subsequent books and novellas over the years since.
Maybe I was just in the mood for a palate cleanser after all the gloom and doom I read in my favorite genres. Whatever it is, I’m glad I took the chance on reading out of my comfort zone. This series was refreshing and fun.
On a side note, I also found out that Yael Grobglas, an actress on another guilty pleasure Jane the Virgin was America Singer in a pilot that didn’t get picked up. That would have been a great show.
Part of me wishes I knew about this series from the beginning. I would have loved watching it unfold in real time. Kiera Cass does a wonderful job of keeping you guessing, even when you have the entire series in front of you. I knew the titles of all the subsequent books, and was fairly certain how the series would turn out.
But, with Ms. Cass’s masterful writing, the will they - won’t they back and forth of the nevels still had me on the edge of my seat. One minute I was certain Prince Maxon would choose America over the other girls, or that she’d run off to be with Aspen and leave the Selection behind. Other times, I was sure Prince Maxon would pick one of the other girls and Aspen would find true love without America.
So, even if you’re a cynical grump like me, give this one a shot. Let yourself fall into the love story and be swept off your feet, like me.