Kiera Cass’s The Selection is set in Illea, a dystopian Northern America that divides all the citizens into different castes. The book follows America Singer, a spirited yet sensitive teenager from a lower caste. as she is accidentally chosen to be a part of the Selection. The Selection is a once in a lifetime opportunity for girls of all social classes to become royalty. 35 girls from different regions of Illea compete for the heart of Prince Maxon. The problem is, America’s already got her heart set someone she can’t have, a boy in a caste below her. America had already decided to despise the prince, until she finally met him. America’s world is turned upside down when she realizes that her future may not end up the way she had thought it would. The Selection has an annoying lead and a predictable story line, but finds a way to snatch the readers attention and never let go.
The reason why this unoriginal book is a New York Times Bestseller is because Kiera Cass found a way to make the reader never stop reading. I’m serious, I honestly don’t know why I read the sequels. I found so much wrong with the story line and the characters, but I simply could not put the book down.
The main reasons why I didn’t particularly like the book was because the protagonist, America Singer, was not the most likable or relatable person, and because the plot was predictable and overused. The book was basically the Bachelor set in the future, with a classic Hunger Games love triangle.
No matter the faults of this book, I would recommend it. An older reader wouldn’t like it as much, but I think a girl in middle school would love it.