The Selection

Title: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection Series, book 1/6
Genre: Dystopian, Romance, YA
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: April 24th, 2012

America Singer is a five. Reluctantly, she enters her name in the Selection, a contest in which one of thousands will be chosen to be the future Princess of Illea – and Prince Maxon’s bride. America is one of the 35 girls chosen to compete for the love of the Prince. From the beginning, however, she is convinced that she will not fall in love with him. She holds back because of Aspen, her childhood sweetheart, and has no room in her heart for this stuffy, boring Prince Maxon.

Happily for us, she is proven wrong about Maxon. Their relationship starts off as a solid friendship. America is honest about her lack of feelings for Maxon, and he decides to keep her in the competition anyway because her family desperately needs the stipend she receives from participating. Their friendship blossoms, and both of them realize that, whatever the future will hold, they will clearly be more than just friends. I must say, I appreciate the pace in which the writer allows their relationship to grow. It does not develop overnight like most classic fairytales, but instead progresses at a steady pace, becoming something strong and real.

I read through this book quite easily in one sitting – the sign of a fantastic book and a mesmerizing writer. I just couldn’t get enough of Amaxica!

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