The Selection



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 and 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. (Summary and book cover courtesy of


This was a fun book.  It’s essentially what I would expect if “Hunger Games” was mashed up with “The Bachelor”.  Part serious competition and part reality tv, the story was entertaining and America had just enough snark.  I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but I was definitely looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

I will say the America had moments of overwhelming angst and indecision for my taste, but overall I’d say it was worth the read.

Rating: 3 stars!

Who should read it?  YA fans, but I would not say this is the YA book to win over adults to the genre.

Want to read the whole series?

  • The Elite (Selection #2)
  • The One (Selection #3)
  • The Heir (Selection #4)