Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection Kiera CassPublisher: HarperTeen (April 24, 2012)
Hardcover: 327 pages
Rating: 3.5-4 of 5 stars

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.


This definitely wasn’t my sort of book. I’ve seen numerous reviews comparing the book to shows like The Bachelor, which is very appropriate. That’s not to say the story was bad if you like that kind of romantic drama. However that has never been my cup of tea.

That said, the writing and pacing of the story is nice and easy to fall into. Even when I’m not 100% committed to reading the book, Cass is able to keep me plowing through the pages. (Though the beginning was a bit of a slow opener.)

I enjoyed America’s desire to remain true to herself. Even if at times she wasn’t 100% sure of who she was or would/could love. That was admirable. Maxon is a darling, though he does talk like an old man at first.  He’s sensible and wise beyond his years in many aspects and flounders through his interactions with the girls. (Which is adorable.)

There are little bits of almost action when rebels attack the castle and the residents of the castle are hiding away for safety. But that’s it. The motivations of the rebels aren’t ever fully disclosed, and that’s frustrating. Because rather opening the conflict up to more than just this romance, that’s what we’re stuck with.

This was an easy read. I don’t agree with BN’s placement of this book in their teen fantasy/adventure section because it made me expect more action than was delivered. But it is a great choice for anyone who likes a romance like this.


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