Publication date: 2012 to 2014
Page count: 336 pages each
Genre: Young adult / Dystopia / Romance
The Selection (Book 1):
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.
The Elite (Book 2):
Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?
America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want—and America’s chance to choose is about to slip away.
The One (Book 3):
The time has come for one winner to be crowned.
When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.
I absolutely LOVED this series! I just couldn’t get enough of it!
I know, I know… There are more books in the series. But I haven’t got around to reading them yet!
I NEED to get my hands on the other books in the series! I’m not even sure how many there are, but I want to read them all ASAP!
Right, let’s take a break from fangirling and get down to the actual review…
Before I read this series I was afraid it might be a bit too young and silly, based on some reviews I saw on the internet, but that wasn’t the case at all. I loved the way Kiera Cass made America, the main character, so relatable and interesting that it made the story a bit more grown up than your typical fairy tale.
My one and ONLY criticism is that the ending is blatantly obvious from the titles of the books in the series. I’m not even counting this as a proper spoiler because it’s clear that the first book is about the selection process, then the second is about a smaller group of the selection, and finally the third book is about the one Prince Maxon chooses at the end of the process. So it was kind of obvious that the main character gets to go all the way to the end of the selection process. And because I know there are other books in the series I could guess who would be selected at the end, I just didn’t know how…
Still, the story was so easy to read and so inviting that I didn’t really mind any of that.
There were some unexpected twists and turns, which made me laugh hysterically at some parts and cry (as if I had just watched The Lion King) at others. Not many authors can play with my emotions the way Kiera Cass has done with The Selection series.
For those of you who have read these books, were you Team Maxon or Team Aspen?
I have so much more to say about this series, but I wouldn’t want to spoil it for future readers. I’ll let you enjoy America’s journey in your own time.
I highly recommend this series to anyone who is into girly, sweet, innocent romance books.