“True love is the most inconvenient kind.”
Author: Kiera Cass
Publication: April 24th 2012 by HarperTeen
Rating – 3.5/5
This series was seriously out of my comfort zone since it was mostly romance driven;however, I decided to give it a chance. I kind of understood what to expect from this novel when I first picked it up since it was described to be a YA take on the “Bachelor in a Dystopian setting” but there were a few twists here and there which I didn’t see coming. Overall, I thought this was an “ok” series and it did have a bit of a second book slump so I had to give this a 3.5/5 stars.
Within this series, 35 girls are chosen to take part in The Selection which is basically a competition to see who will win the Prince’s hand in marriage. Doesn’t this sound familiar? 🙂 But the only difference from being similar to the Bachelor is the Dystopian setting where people are divided by castes (1 through 8 where 1 is the highest and 8 is the lowest). Our main character, America Singer, is from caste five and she does not wish to try out for the Selection despite her mother’s request. Another reason is because she does not want to part from her first love, Aspen. However, due to a sequence of events, she ends up signing for the Selection and her name is drawn along with 34 other girls. Throughout the novel and series, America undergoes multiple obstacles which she must overcome and feelings she must sort out before deciding to whom her heart belongs to – Aspen or Maxon.
- America Singer – Caste 5, Stubborn, Short-Tempered. America first entered the Selection with no interest whatsoever; however, the Selection soon changes her perspective on a few issues. Most people did find America to be a bit annoying and I can kind of understand where that’s coming from; especially in the second book. But she is also placed in a difficult position for both her past and present love life, so there is going to be a lot of drama.
- Prince Maxon – Kind, Respectful, Typical “Gentleman”; Maxon was a different male protagonist than any other book male character I’ve read. When we are first introduced to him, he almost seems perfect. This is probably because he rarely gets angry, is super respectful and always wants to seek the approval of his parents and because of that, he may seem to be a bit dull or lackluster. But with time, we do see that he does have his own insecurities as well. While I wouldn’t say he’s my absolute favorite character of all time, he did come close.
- Aspen – A YA book wouldn’t be complete without a love triangle right? This is where Aspen comes along, America’s first love. He does play a role in causing America to make the decisions that she makes but sometimes I feel like he just added confusion, especially in the second book.
I thought the first book was a decent start to the series. I honestly enjoyed seeing America’s interaction with the girls of the Selection and the little “secret” games Maxon and America played for the cameras. But then when we get to the second book, we enter a second book slump, at least for the first 3/4 of the book. We do see some major events which happen but its just the way America dealt with her issues which made her seem as a lot of people said before, a bit annoying. I think the last book was a lot better since she was more goal oriented and knew what she wanted and was striving toward it. And I have to say that the Epilogue of the series “After the One” was so cute to read. I think this chapter was in the collection of novellas but it should have been included in the actual book. Overall, it was an average read for me. If you like reading books with a little bit of drama and romance then I think you can pick this up.