Release Date ~ 4/24/12
Format ~ ARC
Publisher ~ Harper Teen
Source ~ Starry Sky Books
Purchase: The Book Depository
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 the palace and compete for the heart of the 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.
Top Ten Reasons to Read The Selection
- It's like The Hunger Games in a sense that it's a competition that the entire nation watches and roots for their favorite of the selected. This book is perfect for those who want to read books like The Hunger Games but don't like a ton of violence in their reads!
- It has an awesome main character, America, who I really admired and rooted for. You can't help falling in love with her!
- The love triangle. Sometimes I don't like love triangles, but this book has one that will make you change your mind A TON. Are you Team Maxon or Team Aspen, you ask me? I really don't know... but I'm starting to lean toward Maxon. He's a better person.
- Humor! Many dystopians lack comic relief, but this one was has plenty of "LOL moments", especially during America's and Maxon's scenes.
- Everyone in America's world has a number between 1-8, with 1 being one of the most important citizens, and 8 being next to dirt. (America is a 5, the entertainment class.) I felt like that really completed the dystopian world.
- It has great morals about family, loyalty, and love. Like I said in reason #2, I really admired America, for how she dealt with all of those.
- The plot. This book has a great plot that keeps the pages turning!
- The setting! Like The Hunger Games was very lush and detailed. It went from glittery palaces to the slummy living space of America's family! It was really interesting and showed to comparison between the classes nicely.
- THE APOCALYPSE IS COMING!!! THIS BOOK WILL HELP YOU PREPARE! :P
- The cover. Yes, I know, I'm shallow. But just look at it!!! *swoon*
Interview!If you were selected to be part of the competition, how would you think you'd do?
Poorly. Firstly, I eat like a five-year-old. I'd be sending back the lobster and asking for cereal. Second, I only enjoy dresses in a limited capacity. And... yeah, I'm just way too nerdy for it.
I read in your bio that you did a lot of acting, is that going to help you when working on the TV series for THE SELECTION?
I don't think I'll be doing any acting myself, but it did help when it came time to read the script. I already understood the way it was laid out, so that was handy!
Kiera Cass is a graduate of Radford University and currently lives in Blacksburg, Virginia, with her family. Her fantasy novel the siren was self-published in 2009. Kiera has kissed approximately fourteen boys in her life. None of them were princes.Thanks to Kiera for the fun interview answers and to Harper Teen for allowing me to be part of this fun tour!