- Title: The Selection
- Classification: Young Adult Fiction
- Genre: Dystopia/Fairy Tale Remake
- Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
- Publisher: HarperTeen (April 24, 2012)
- ISBN-10: 0062059939
- ISBN-13: 978-0062059932
- Author's Website: http://www.kieracass.com/
Our beloved prince, Maxon Schreave, is coming of age this month. As he ventures into this new part of his life, he hopes to move forward with a partner, to marry a true Daughter of Illea. If your eligible daughter, sister, or charge is interested in possibly becoming the bride of Prince Maxon and the adored princess of Illea, pleas fill out the enclosed form and return it to your local Province Services Office. One woman from each province will be drawn at random to meet the prince.
Participants will be housed at the lovely Illea Palace in Angeles for the duration of their stay. The families of each participants will be generously compensated for their service to the royal family.
Yet she was one of the selected.
Prince Maxon was a delightful surprise. Handsome and smart his parent's managed to raise their son not to look down his nose at those of a lower caste. He's led a fairly isolated life thus far and the Selection is the only real means he has of meeting woman. Despite everything, he seems down to earth and to truly care about the Kingdom. When those around him talk, he listens. America soon comes to admire him and realize he'll make an excellent king. Her initial fears of what he'd be like quickly vanish, and she finds she truly likes him. Maybe more so than she ever thought possible.
I loved how America manages to remain true to herself throughout the competition. I liked how she was up front with the prince and how she slowly starts to come to know him in the most bizarre of circumstances. I like how she makes him see and understand how parts of the kingdom work, parts that someone in his privileged position wouldn't usually see or know about. There is a twist later in the book that I wish she would have handled differently, but she was caught between a rock and a hard place. Not knowing how things would be handled if she divulged it to the prince. I can't help but wonder if keeping this information from him will cause things to end badly in Elite.
Overall, I gave this one 4 1/2 out of 5 stars. I can't wait to see how things progress in Elite and already have it on pre-order. I may have to fight my daughter to read it first. She also enjoyed the book.
My visions of the castle (Photos found on photobucket):