Title- The Selection
Genre- YA romance
POV- First person, past tense
Trope- Love Triangle, Royalty, Fairy-tale
Similar Books/Comps– Delirium, The Wrath and the Dawn, The Promised Prince
My emotions– Interested overall, but I found myself skimming through the parts about fancy dresses, cameras, and shallow bits that reminded me too much of the show, The Bachelor,
I’m really glad the heroine was stubborn and assertive.
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape a rigid caste system, 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, and competing for a crown she doesn’t want.
Then America meets Prince Maxon—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.
I loved the conflict of the love triangle and the heroine’s indecisiveness between the two.
What I’d change-
Something was lacking, and I can’t quite put my finger on it. I wanted more from the rebels and hoped that the stakes would be raised higher. The ending didn’t feel satisfying, as if the story was cut off for a second novel instead of following a traditional/full character arc I kept reading for the power of “umph” that didn’t quite deliver. There’s a lot of potential in the story that I feel wasn’t fully delivered. Sometimes it felt too much like the Bachelor. I didn’t continue on to finish the series.
“Break my heart. Break it a thousand times if you like. It was only ever yours to break anyway.”
“I hope you find someone you can’t live without.I really do. And I hope you never have to know what it’s like to have to try and live without them.”
Pacing- I enjoyed this fast, easy read.