Imagine America years from now becoming another country ruled by kings and queens, and one lucky girl out of 35 will be chosen to become to princess of Illea if the prince chooses her as a future wife. Sounds like the dream of a lifetime, but it sure isn’t for America Singer who’s casted as a number 5 because her family are all suppose to be artist. She is 3 away from the lowest of social statuses, that is until she is one of the chosen to compete in the selection.
I picked this book up at the airport, on my flight from Mexico City to New York and I was glued to it and I finished it just before I landed. The book starts out with American Singer receiving the letter to join “The Selection.” Her mother and sister are in awe, this might just be the chance for them never to go hungry again. It’s simple, all America Singer has to do is make the prince fall in love with her, and her family has a life time of riches. Her father is more lean towards his daughters happiness, and her brother hasn’t decided what he wants to be, but he sure doesn’t want to be an artist.
It would all be great if America wasn’t in love with Aspen. Aspen is in a caste beneath her, they are the servants of the 3’s, 2’s and 1’s, and his family is big that they barley have enough to eat. I liked Aspen when we first meet him in the tree house, he seems like a sincere guy who really cares about his family. However Aspen doesn’t like that America likes to give him food, and he can’t offer her anything more then the lifestyle of a 6, which to him is embarrassing because he’s the man in the relationship. Aspen tells America she should join the selection, they break up, and America is chosen as one of the 35 selected. Honestly this book was better then I expected, America is like any other typical YA female protagonist, she can’t choose between Aspen her first love, or Prince Maxon the prince who isn’t your average snobby prince.
IF YOU HAVEN”T READ THE BOOK, I SUGGEST YOU DON’T READ ON, THERE WILL BE SPOILERS!!
America Singer, she’s a poor girl living in a country now called Illea that seems to be going through a political crisis where the northern and southern rebels don’t seem to like Illea and are constantly attacking it. She’s in love with Aspen her first love, however she knows no one will approve of it because he is a lot poorer.
I could tolerate America because of how kind she was, I liked that she doesn’t see the difference in peoples caste, and she’s friendly even though she’s shy. I like that even though she lives in a totally different time, she’s still insecure and as a young girl you can compare a lot to her character. What I don’t like is her typical ” I can’t choose what guy I love, and know I’m suffocating so I’m constantly going to walk in the garden” situation. Like baby, you got two good men, but honest we know Prince Maxon has your heart! How can he not?
Aspens character I adored, he was sweet and he cared for America. However I hated how he thought badly about himself, and how if he wanted to keep America he shouldn’t have broken up with her in the first place. I understand he wanted whats best for her, but when it comes to love you don’t just push her into another mans arms, that’s a no-no. I sort of knew Aspen would return into America’s life, but I didn’t think his presence in the castle would bother me.
Prince Maxon, I think the last fictional character i fell in love with was with Edward Cullen? But he’s not your typical Prince. He’s very sweet and proper, he’s smart, and he’s not very sure of himself when it comes to girls and rebel attacks. During his “relationship” with America I thought he was funny, adorable, and the best thing is he was always her friend before anything else.
The romance of this book is flawless, and I’m look forward to reading the second part of the series. It’s so elegant and I just want to own America’s whole wardrobe!