Two sisters' reviews of Young Adult and Middle Grade books, inspired by their lovely library.
One of the only dystopian books I have ever completely enjoyed, probably because it has elements of historical fiction with its monarchy system of government. I gave this book 4.5 stars just to give room for the rest of the series.
Series: The Selection, Book 1
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopia, Romance
Rating: 4.5 stars
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.
One of the only dystopian books I have ever completely enjoyed, probably because it has elements of historical fiction with its monarchy system of government. I gave this book 4.5 stars just to give room for the rest of the series. It has a slow beginning, setting the scene for the Selection, a sort of futuristic battle for succession. After the initial set-up, it dives right in, keeping your engaged without too much physical action. There are long descriptions of makeovers and beautiful dresses (although for my part I prefer historical gowns and hairstyles) and love triangle is introduced with Prince Maxon and Aspen (your typical prince versus guard romance). Frequent rebel attacks also make it clear that there is more to the governmental system than meets the eye.
This book has a lot of very low ratings, but I disagree with almost all of them. Most criticize the writing style, but I have found that it is the same writing style all modern young adult authors use–much simpler and easier to read than authors in the past. Yes, there are simple sentences and some showing instead of telling, but this is what modern teens have become accustomed to and it makes for a quick, easy, yet interesting and understandable read.
I would highly recommend this book for lovers of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Divergent by Veronica Roth, Matched by Ally Condie, Delirium by Lauren Oliver, and especially Cinder by Marissa Meyer.