The Selection

Cover photo of the book The Selection
Kiera Cass
Star Rating
Reviewer's Rating
Mar 28, 2023

The Selection is a book about a teen named America. She lives in a dystopian society where everyone is separated into numbered castes: she is a Five, and the only chance she has to change that is to enter the Selection. A competition where the prince of their society will choose a bride, it is every girl’s dream chance for love, riches, and power. But even though America eventually becomes one of the Selected, her heart lies somewhere else: with Aspen, a Six who she secretly meets with in her tree house at home. However, as the competition goes on, she finds herself falling for the prince as well. She faces an impossible choice between her loves all the while fellow Selected plot against her and rebels constantly attempt to breach the palace in order to destroy their society. 

This book has a pretty interesting concept, but I think its execution was meant for a much younger audience. I found the writing style incredibly dull and annoying, and all the plot twists were pretty obvious as soon as a single hint was dropped. I also thought the characters were pretty flat, and the only development was just changing who the love interests were. However, it’s pretty easy and fast to read and could probably get someone out of a reading slump - plus the end is rather unsatisfying so it really makes you want to read the next one. I would give it two stars

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Mariam S.

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