America Singer is perfectly fine with her life. Sure, her family isn’t rich or part of an upper caste, but the love of her life lives next door, and she’s happy with the profession she’s assigned by society. Then she gets a notice in the mail: she’s eligible to apply to become part of the Selection, where 35 girls will compete to marry the crown prince.
Yes, I know, I’m the last person to get to this series. To be honest, I was never much interested in reading it until Library Palooza in February, where I got to hear Kiera Cass speak. My youngest son bought a copy of The Selection and got it signed by the author, and I decided to give the book a try for Readathon. By the end of it, I’m in two minds.
First, I was very surprised by how similar this book is to The Hunger Games. I mean, of course it’s a dystopia, and many dystopias are similar, and of course it has roots in modern day reality-TV like The Hunger Games did. I was expecting that. It was the other similarities I didn’t expect. I’m not going to go into details, because some of them are quite spoilery, but at times I felt like I was reading fanfiction rather than a separate idea.
On the other hand, I didn’t mind as much as I normally would have, because I enjoyed the book as a whole. I liked America and Prince Maxon and many of the other characters. I enjoyed the setup of future conflict. I’m looking forward to getting to know the world better. And maybe it’s just because this was my last book of Readathon, taking me until bedtime, but the book was awesome enough to enter my dreams, and that nearly always makes me think of book in better light. I’m definitely looking forward to future volumes.