Meet the Author:
I am a graduate of Radford University with a B.S. in History. I grew up in South Carolina and currently live in Christiansburg, Virginia with my electrical engineer hubby, car-obsessed son, and princess-loving daughter. I’m a #1 New York Times bestseller, woohoo! I’m also a valued customer at my local cupcake shop.
Things I hate:
When people fail to use turn signals, flying, salads.
Things I love:
Office supplies, boy bands, desserts.
The Selection Series
Genre: Young Adult
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.
If Cinder, Divergent, and The Bachelor had a beautiful book baby, this would be it! I was captivated from the very start. The lovely cover reeled me in, but the captivating story kept me engaged. I won’t belabor this review since I’m super late to the party, but I had to let folks know how much I love this book.
This YA-Dystopian novel explores the effects of a caste system in post world war American society The castes are numbered 1-8, with the lowest numbers being the wealthiest and most prominent members of society. The book is both entertaining and thought-provoking considering our current political climate and global nuclear threat.
Here’s the breakdown:
America Singer, a 17 year old level 5 enters the selection, a process by which 35 randomly selected young women compete for the hand of the Prince. America enters her name in the lottery at the request of her mother and boyfriend. She’s one of the highest caste levels to survive the 1st day of competition and makes a lasting impression on the young sheltered Prince.
What I loved:
America’s character isn’t perfect, but I loved her. She’s feisty, spunky, and temperamental. So much like me! She doesn’t hold her tongue and her knee-jerk reactions get her in trouble often. She’s described as being very beautiful, but that’s the least of her concerns. She remains true to herself in spite of the competitive nature of the selection. She’s the highlight of the story for me.
As described above, the storyline and plot are both interesting and entertaining. It’s also completely relevant.
Character development, interaction, and exploration are quite good here. We learn a lot about the motivations of not only the competing women, but the young prince as well. I enjoyed learning about the varying experiences of the various caste levels who play a major role in the story. It’s very thought-provoking.
Overall, I’m in love. It was love at first listen! I highly recommend this series. Fans of Divergent, Hunger Games, and The Lunar Chronicles will adore this series!
The series is narrated by Amy Rubinate. This was my first time listening to this narrator’s performance. I was pleasantly surprised. I’m usually very picky and don’t warm up to new performers easily, but she does a fantastic job capturing the voice and tone of each characters. I’m very pleased and recommend the audiobook version to readers who enjoy a good listen.