The Selection

The Selection

eBook - 2012
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"Sixteen-year-old America Singer is living in the caste-divided nation of Illéa, which formed after the war that destroyed the United States. America is chosen to compete in the Selection--a contest to see which girl can win the heart of Illéa's prince--but all she really wants is a chance for a future with her secret love, Aspen, who is a caste below her"-- Provided by publisher.
Topical Term: Marriage
Contests
Social classes
Princes
Romance fiction
Revolutionaries
Contests
Social classes
Princes
Marriage
Revolutionaries
Dystopias
Young adult fiction
Electronic books
Publisher: New York : HarperTeen, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062059956
0062059955
Branch Call Number: eBOOK
PZ7.C2685133 Sel 2012eb
Characteristics: 1 online resource (327 p.)

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Usually the dystopian elements overpower the romance in this genre. In this series, the dystopia takes a back seat.

First of a series of five


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DeeyaKN
Nov 19, 2020

This book is a dystopian YA book perfect for teenage girls! This book follows the adventures of America Singer, who unexpectedly gets the opportunity to participate in a 'Selection' held by the prince of her country in which he will choose a wife. However, America doesn't have any interest in competing for a snooty prince's heart since her own heart lies elsewhere. When she unexpectedly gets chosen to participate and is thrust into a life filled with gorgeous gowns, competitive girls, and rebel attacks, will she have a change of heart?
I was not able to put this book down while reading! It's filled with romance, suspense, a hint of politics, and drama.

SAPL_Teens Nov 09, 2020

Do you love romance and action? Well, Kiera Cass has written the book for you! The Selection is about America, a lower class citizen who enters a contest to marry the prince. But bad news, she's left the love of her life back home. There's a lot of tension because she needs to be in the contest, but does not buy into all of the pomp and circumstance around it. This is a very popular book, so it isn't really a hidden gem, but I think that it deserves all of the hype. The characters are very believable and the romantic scenes are really exciting and makes you turn every page. Kiera Cass is amazing for thinking of this story! 5/5 stars - SAPL Read It & Review Contributor

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arissakc
Oct 30, 2020

one of my favorite books, highly recommend reading.

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labraden
Sep 28, 2020

I liked The Selection. It reminded me of a cross between The Bachelorette and The Hunger Games with a little Twilight thrown in.
America is chosen to be one of 35 girls to compete for the affections of Prince Maxon to become the next princess in the kingdom of Illea. The Selection is great for America's family, giving them more money and a chance to move up from the caste of fives, but America is already in love with Aspen, who is a caste six and believes he will never be good enough for her. When Aspen is hired to work as a palace guard, it creates a love triangle that I assume will continue throughout the next book. Maxon likes America because she speaks her mind and is honest about her feelings, but she doesn't fit the mold of royalty and makes it clear that she doesn't think of the prince as more than a friend. It isn't long; however, before America realizes that Maxon is more than a shallow monarch and her feelings for him begin to deepen.
This story is a perfect young adult romance with lots of angst and a protagonist that most girls can identify with.

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nimaanelas
Sep 27, 2020

I think that this first book was maybe my favorite in the whole series. I pickup this book and stayed up so late because I just had to finish it! I would definitely read this if you like royalty and romance books!

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violet_lion_862
Sep 19, 2020

It's bad, the characters are jerks - and I love it. It's a guilty pleasure.

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blue_wolf_4641
Sep 10, 2020

Everyone loves this series and it honestly confuses me. It's not terrible, and the author can certainly write, but my big thing with love stories is that there HAS to be another plot alongside the romance. The Selection did not have this even remotely, and the love triangle just felt cheap. I was expecting something much better, though the dystopian world isn't necessarily poorly done. I am shocked that this series was successful though. Don't waste your time on this series

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Maria_Wa
Sep 03, 2020

This book, while dealing with somewhat complex subject matter, is a delightfully easy read. The dynamic between the near-future dystopia and the archaic "Selection" process is intriguing, especially paired with the slightly naive, but otherwise self-aware and pragmatic main character.

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red_panda_3682
Aug 30, 2020

I found this series a year ago and I'm still in love with it. It took me less than a day to read this and fall in love. It's a great mix of romance and dystopian. Not going to lie, Maxon is definitely my favorite character. I hope that you'll give this book and this series a try, it is most definitely worth it. I hope you fall in love with this book, this series, and its characters as quickly as fast I did.

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Boba_Pleb
Aug 28, 2020

Be warned: you will be awe-struck reading this series, and you won’t be able to keep your eyes off the book, be warned! (I see other comments like another novel, and I can only think of this much...)

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mateyasigur
Oct 28, 2018

Its hard to get a hug wrong.

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Tiffanyy
Jun 22, 2016

"True love is usually the most inconvenient kind." - The Selection

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orange_turtle_144
Jun 19, 2016

"Circumstances being what they are, I haven't had the opportunity to fall in love..." k
-- Maxon pg. 115

"Ladies and gentlemen, please join me in sending off America Singer, our favorite Daughter of Illea!"

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SashaE
Mar 12, 2016

I bet May would Cry if she ate one of these! Wanna bet?

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salbrecht78703
Aug 18, 2015

"One can never help being born into perfection" i whispered.
He came close, wrapping an arm around my waist so that we faced each other. His nose tickled mine. He ran his fingers across my check so gently it seemed he was afraid i might break.
"No, i don't suppose you can,'' He breathed
With his hand holding my face towards his he lowered his lips to mine and gave me the faintest whisper of a kiss.
Something about the tentativeness of it made me feel beautiful. Without a word, i could understand how excited he was to have this moment, but then afraid at the same time. And deeper then any of that, i sensed that he adored me."

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ElizaMahon
Aug 12, 2015

It's hard to get a hug wrong

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sunshine0623
Jul 13, 2015

"True love is usually the most inconvenient kind."

"No, I'm not choosing him or you. I'm choosing me."

"You get confused by crying women, I get confused by walks with princes."

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sunlight63
Jul 12, 2015

"Knee-jerk reaction. Literally. I kneed His Majesty in the thigh. Hard."

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Moonlight63
Jul 12, 2015

"Knee-jerk reaction. Literally. I kneed His Majesty in the thigh. Hard."

It is just so hilarious the prince's reaction after she does that.

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navy_turtle_237
Jul 11, 2020

This series follows America Singer in a dystopian world. The selection is where 35 girls are chosen to meet the prince and stay at his castle, until he decides which one to marry. For most people this an opportunity of a lifetime to escape the clutches of the caste system, but for America it’s just the opposite.

She’s already found her love, but she finds herself chosen for the selection and confused about what to do next. This book is an easy entertaining read that I would highly recommend!

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edbodnar
Jul 19, 2016

It's time for a new Selection - the process used for princes of Illéa to find their queens. America Singer, a poor Five who is not all wanting to enter the Selection, unlike most girls, is persuaded by her family and secret boyfriend to enter. America figures that it's no big deal, since she probably won't win anyway, but miracles do happen. Once America arrives at the palace, she realizes that the competition may prove fiercer than she ever expected, and America realizes that she's in for more than just the good food.

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Tiffanyy
Jun 22, 2016

35 girls and 1 prince. They all fight to be the prince's wife. Main character, America finds herself trapped in The Selection by accident. She struggles to find who she really loves but is determine to not leave The Selection right away.

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xzhang17
Aug 06, 2015

America Singer is among the 35 girls (one from each of the provinces of Illéa) presented to Prince Maxon as potential future brides. Nevertheless, America is less than ecstatic at being selected. Unbeknownst to the other girls partaking in the Selection, America has already found the love of her life—and has no intention of marrying Maxon. However, the more familiar she becomes with Maxon, he grows on her. Things heat up fast as the love of America’s life is assigned to be a palace guard. With both of her love interests only a stone’s throw away, America needs to make a decision that could determine the rest of her life.

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ShermanFluff
Jul 14, 2015

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a liftime.

The opportunity to be swept up in a world of jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of 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, and leaving home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually she begins to realized that the life she's always dreamed of May not compare to a future she never imagined.

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sunlight63
Jul 12, 2015

In this thrilling book, America Singer a 5 from Carolina has been chosen to compete in the selection, the chance of a lifetime at least that's how it was for most girls. However Americas heart was still back in Carolina and as she continued her competition, she found her self lost in thought about who she was really in love with.

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Moonlight63
Jul 12, 2015

America never wanted to join the selection. She just did it for Aspen. When the time comes, she finds herself Selected to join the selection. In the end will she stay with Maxon or go back home to see Aspen? Read the book to find out!

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reaniebug8888
Jul 02, 2015

America Singer has been near the bottom her whole life. But when she has the chance to move straight to the top her friends and family encourage her to do it. Only catch if the prince likes her she will be queen someday.

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Mariaj7
Jun 23, 2015

This book starts out with a caste system based on how much money you have. The girl america singer is her name, she is in love with someone in a lower cast. When the selection is announced (which is a choice the prince has to make to make the love of his life through a random draw of 35 girls) she is forced to sign up. Out of all the girls in the country she is one out of 35 of the girls. All the girls will compete for the prince.

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Mandi_ss
May 21, 2015

Who will be Prince Maxon's fiancee? Of course not America Singer, only a five who loves to perform. Everyone's joining the contest so what chance would there be for her to be chosen? None, it would seem. For the sake of her mother America enters the contest only to find out she's been put in an arena to fight for the prince's love. Who will win Maxon's heart?

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carolstovall
Aug 04, 2014

Coarse Language: Very small amount but still there. Not horrible words though.

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carolstovall
Aug 04, 2014

Sexual Content: Not bad in this book in the series.

bookgeek101 Feb 11, 2013

Sexual Content: Slight innuendos, kissing. Doesn't get much wrose than that.

bookgeek101 Feb 11, 2013

Violence: The girls fight against each other, verbally and physically.

bookgeek101 Feb 11, 2013

Coarse Language: Very slight swearing, not noticable.

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