Oy Vey, I finally reached these books on my “To Read” List. Imagine a cross amongst The Bachelor, The Hunger Games, and mix in the Royal family to bring it all together. If you haven’t read it, I’d advice to handle it with caution. If you’ve already read it, you may have mixed opinions about it like me or love it like the majority of other readers.
“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.”
Let’s face facts, I don’t America. She’s too…too….wishy-washy. She can’t make up her mind! I yearned for her to grow up and mature except she makes things worse by the minute. She goes into The Selection in order to get back at her ex, Aspen, and because her mother made a deal with her to go alone on her “singing jobs”.
We are thrown into a game-show type of deal with an obvious touch of The Bachelor minus the roses and throw in the possibility with becoming a princess. And who are these women’s prince? Why it’s one of the most sheltered, exhausting princes’ of all time, Prince Maxon. You know, at first, I actually liked him. I respected him and his golden perfection and actually though his innocence was kind of cute. That is, until he started doing EXACTLY what America does. NOT MAKING UP HIS MIND!
I mean, come on, you both clearly like one another and connect on a BFF level immediately. You even have your own secret signals, for goodness sake! What do you think that means? Oh yeah, and why didn’t anyone see them when they did those anyways?
And then there is the amount of crap Maxon puts up with just to keep America happy and in the castle? He is pretty much her lap dog in the first book then he finally grew a pair and gave her a taste of her own medicine and began to play the game and get to know the other girls in The Selection. Then all she does is pout, whine, and then constantly remind herself she always has her ex to lean on. Oh yeah, by the way, her EX BECOMES A GUARD AT THE PALACE. Cue in the dreaded love triangle that did I neglect to mention shouldn’t be there?
By the third book, the whole endless cycle of America whining about both of them grows exhausting. I ended up becoming acquainted very well with the fast forward button at those moments. The only parts I did like were when America stood up for her rights as a citizen and also her people. Then there is her acting like a true princess by attempting to bond with other countries and make right between the Rebels who are threatening the royal family.
I’m now reading the fourth book in Part 2 of the series and I’m already wanting to smack Maxon’s child. I’m giving it a chance to improve, however, but the author is making it truly difficult. Am I the only one who feels this way towards this series? Let me know in the comments below!
My Rating: 5 out of 10 Book Charms