Rating: ***** Suggested Age: 12
Summary: “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.” (Summary found on Goodreads).
The Selection by Kiera Cass had me hooked. It was a mix of romance and dystopian future, the dystopian part making me interested in it in the first place. Everyone I know who has read this book has loved it. The romance aspect of the book gives it the higher suggested age. There is little violence and the little that there is would not upset anyone over the age of ten. I have no complaints about the author, except those that I have recently discovered by reading the last book. Cass is not a bad writer, but her abilities are not at the top with J.K. Rowling. I appreciated the attention getting style of writing that kept me reading the book. I finished it within a couple of days. I put this book on my list of favorites, third next to the Harry Potter Series and Divergent Series. I recommend this book to kids who want a more intellectual version of Twilight.