Selection, The

Selection, The

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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.
Publisher: [S.l.]: HarperCollins, 2012.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780062132659
Characteristics: 1online resource (1 sound file (08hr., 07min., 15sec.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Rubinate, Amy
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Caitlin1865
Jun 11, 2019

Lots of awesome political butt-kicking, very satisfying, lovable main character.

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KatNova_
May 06, 2019

The book was okay at first, but it very quickly became one of my favorite book series! I hold this series very dear to my heart, I love all the main characters and the story itself is so wonderfully written.

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pink_fox_431
May 03, 2019

4 words
I.
LOVE.
THIS.
BOOK.

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hopesndreams
Mar 27, 2019

Will need to restart. Could not stay interested.

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Stargirl_4
Mar 02, 2019

This is my third time reading this book❤️🔥

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ccmccolligan
Jan 30, 2019

Good 1st book of the trilogy

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Jesslovestoread
Jan 26, 2019

This was a great, quick read!

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goddessbeth
Jan 24, 2019

The Selection follows an interesting concept of a post economic-collapse (and invasion) America that has separated into a caste system that determines median income and career path. While I found the post-war premise weak (would've been more believable if it were a smaller country, with fewer resources and technology available), the caste system was plausible. And I found America a believable character (honestly, given the obvious- that as the narrator she'll win the selection somehow, I did not expect that). Most of the other girls in the selection were flat and one-dimensional, but then again, we're clearly not supposed to care about anyone but America in this story.

Other things I found annoyingly weak: the rebel attacks and mysterious "what are they looking for" that everyone agrees is mysterious but nobody does anything directly about; the love triangle, which is utterly pointless; shallow characters, which serve more as plot points than anything else; the idea that despite sustainable infrastructure for things like planes, there's no hint of a social support system.

Other things I enjoyed: Maxon being realistically awkward, given his lack of exposure to other people his own age; Aspen's frustrated pride and general teenage male stupidity; not every caste being predictably "good" or "bad" in attitude; the concept of communal economy that the people understand more than the royalty does; that the primary relationship between Maxon and America is one of friendship not swoony silliness.

I listened to the audiobook, and certainly part of this was the poor editing of that. Seriously, not even a fraction of a pause when hours and days passed in the narrative, which was disorienting.

Overall, I won't be continuing the series, but it wasn't a bad book. Just didn't engage me enough to keep going.

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Gwen904
Jan 14, 2019

A swoon-worthy, addictive romance with plenty of dystopian intrigue piled in along the way.

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Fordette89
Dec 07, 2018

A fun read, looking forward to the next one.

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Mar 02, 2019

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Apr 12, 2018

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Mar 21, 2018

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mateyasigur
Oct 28, 2018

Its hard to get a hug wrong.

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Tiffanyy
Jun 22, 2016

"True love is usually the most inconvenient kind." - The Selection

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orange_turtle_144
Jun 19, 2016

"Circumstances being what they are, I haven't had the opportunity to fall in love..." k
-- Maxon pg. 115

"Ladies and gentlemen, please join me in sending off America Singer, our favorite Daughter of Illea!"

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SashaE
Mar 12, 2016

I bet May would Cry if she ate one of these! Wanna bet?

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salbrecht78703
Aug 18, 2015

"One can never help being born into perfection" i whispered.
He came close, wrapping an arm around my waist so that we faced each other. His nose tickled mine. He ran his fingers across my check so gently it seemed he was afraid i might break.
"No, i don't suppose you can,'' He breathed
With his hand holding my face towards his he lowered his lips to mine and gave me the faintest whisper of a kiss.
Something about the tentativeness of it made me feel beautiful. Without a word, i could understand how excited he was to have this moment, but then afraid at the same time. And deeper then any of that, i sensed that he adored me."

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TessaGray
Aug 12, 2015

It's hard to get a hug wrong

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sunshine0623
Jul 13, 2015

"True love is usually the most inconvenient kind."

"No, I'm not choosing him or you. I'm choosing me."

"You get confused by crying women, I get confused by walks with princes."

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sunlight63
Jul 12, 2015

"Knee-jerk reaction. Literally. I kneed His Majesty in the thigh. Hard."

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Moonlight63
Jul 12, 2015

"Knee-jerk reaction. Literally. I kneed His Majesty in the thigh. Hard."

It is just so hilarious the prince's reaction after she does that.

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rainbowglowcloud
Mar 08, 2019

The Selection is a wonder book series, with The Selection being the first book in the series. It's almost like a future distopian-esque romance series. Honestly, I ate up the whole series in one weekend. It's just that good. If it's your cup of tea, that is. The book itself if about a girl named America.
Backstory: In the country of Illea, there's a caste system. With Eights being the lowest, and the singular family of Ones. The family of Ones has a son (the prince), named Maxon. Once Maxon becomes of age, a raffle is held, and girls of age who want to participate, are put in a raffle to essentially be taken to the palace, and "fight" for Maxon's heart.
Sound difficult? It is. Out of thousands of girls, why would America even want to enter, and leave her best friend (and hopefully future husband) Aspen? She doesn't. But eventually, she is convinced to enter in; and against all odds, she makes it in. Once in the castle, and meeting Maxon in such a "meet-cute" way, she has to decide who she wants to be with. Aspen, her childhood friend who she promised to be with; or Maxon, the prince who she spends her days with?

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EvelynB2004
Jul 19, 2016

It's time for a new Selection - the process used for princes of Illéa to find their queens. America Singer, a poor Five who is not all wanting to enter the Selection, unlike most girls, is persuaded by her family and secret boyfriend to enter. America figures that it's no big deal, since she probably won't win anyway, but miracles do happen. Once America arrives at the palace, she realizes that the competition may prove fiercer than she ever expected, and America realizes that she's in for more than just the good food.

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Tiffanyy
Jun 22, 2016

35 girls and 1 prince. They all fight to be the prince's wife. Main character, America finds herself trapped in The Selection by accident. She struggles to find who she really loves but is determine to not leave The Selection right away.

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xzhang17
Aug 06, 2015

America Singer is among the 35 girls (one from each of the provinces of Illéa) presented to Prince Maxon as potential future brides. Nevertheless, America is less than ecstatic at being selected. Unbeknownst to the other girls partaking in the Selection, America has already found the love of her life—and has no intention of marrying Maxon. However, the more familiar she becomes with Maxon, he grows on her. Things heat up fast as the love of America’s life is assigned to be a palace guard. With both of her love interests only a stone’s throw away, America needs to make a decision that could determine the rest of her life.

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ShermanFluff
Jul 14, 2015

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a liftime.

The opportunity to be swept up in a world of jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of 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 leaving home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually she begins to realized that the life she's always dreamed of May not compare to a future she never imagined.

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sunlight63
Jul 12, 2015

In this thrilling book, America Singer a 5 from Carolina has been chosen to compete in the selection, the chance of a lifetime at least that's how it was for most girls. However Americas heart was still back in Carolina and as she continued her competition, she found her self lost in thought about who she was really in love with.

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Moonlight63
Jul 12, 2015

America never wanted to join the selection. She just did it for Aspen. When the time comes, she finds herself Selected to join the selection. In the end will she stay with Maxon or go back home to see Aspen? Read the book to find out!

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reaniebug8888
Jul 02, 2015

America Singer has been near the bottom her whole life. But when she has the chance to move straight to the top her friends and family encourage her to do it. Only catch if the prince likes her she will be queen someday.

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Mariaj7
Jun 23, 2015

This book starts out with a caste system based on how much money you have. The girl america singer is her name, she is in love with someone in a lower cast. When the selection is announced (which is a choice the prince has to make to make the love of his life through a random draw of 35 girls) she is forced to sign up. Out of all the girls in the country she is one out of 35 of the girls. All the girls will compete for the prince.

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Mandi_ss
May 21, 2015

Who will be Prince Maxon's fiancee? Of course not America Singer, only a five who loves to perform. Everyone's joining the contest so what chance would there be for her to be chosen? None, it would seem. For the sake of her mother America enters the contest only to find out she's been put in an arena to fight for the prince's love. Who will win Maxon's heart?

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carolstovall
Aug 04, 2014

Coarse Language: Very small amount but still there. Not horrible words though.

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carolstovall
Aug 04, 2014

Sexual Content: Not bad in this book in the series.

bookgeek101 Feb 11, 2013

Sexual Content: Slight innuendos, kissing. Doesn't get much wrose than that.

bookgeek101 Feb 11, 2013

Violence: The girls fight against each other, verbally and physically.

bookgeek101 Feb 11, 2013

Coarse Language: Very slight swearing, not noticable.

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