The Selection (The Selection #1) by Kiera Cass
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 the palace and compete for the heart of the 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.
I liked this book. It reminded me of Hunger games in some ways but that could be just because I read them recently. I like this idea of reality show like Selection, it makes an interesting story. America, the main character is a good character. She does not back down. I also liked Maxon. I really wish they fall in love. I think they would be perfect for each other. On the other hand, there is Aspen. I have a feeling he is lying and has a bigger agenda. I am curious to see how it will play out. I want to see more action in The Elite, that was the thing I missed most in The Selection. Rebels will spice it up, I am sure. I dont like Celeste and I hope America kicks her ass. I really dislike that tipe of people. All in all, this was an interesting and entertaining read. I look forward to The Elite.
P.S. I was reading it as part of Dystopian August on Presenting Lenore .