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.
What if in Pride and Prejudice Elizabeth said yes to her mom forcing her to accept Mr. Collins but as an evil twist she has to go on the Bachelor to compete for him? That’s the general idea I got of this book from the first few chapters. After further reading, I was pleasantly surprised by this book. There were more light-hearted conversations and situations that I thought would be in a dystopian novel and I truly enjoyed them.
I’ve never been a fan of shows like The Bachelor or The Bachelorette but I really wanted to read this book. In regards to the show I’ve always thought who wants to or even can fall in love on TV? Who can date multiple people at a time and still start a serious relationship with the intension of marriage? It was interesting to read about Maxon learning more about each girl and the dating process “from the inside” so to speak. At first I completed sided with America in the whole situation and her approach to the competition though I still felt bad for Maxon. He has to go through his whole life on TV and under a microscope as future ruler even though he is this shy guy. Then, when I didn’t expect it, everything shifted. I went from feeling bad for Maxon to thinking he was a DB. You see what America feels like during the process and how she starts to care for him and how his being with the other girls hurts her.
There are other story lines in the book, a pending war, a love triangle, etc but majority of the book focuses on America and her choices that led to her wanting to stay in the competition. I definitely see how this has the potential to be a great show and I can’t wait to see it or to read the next chapter in this story!