Friday, March 29, 2013

THE SELECTION by Kiera Cass ★ ★ ★★ ½


Reviewed by Katelyn Harris (Aged 13) Meet Katelyn

 America Singer is not one of the rich girls. Her family barely has enough food to survive,
but despite all this America is happy.
When the form for the Selection comes out, America’s mother thinks of a brilliant idea—enter America and all their problems could be solved. After all, why shouldn’t her daughter be the one to win the prince’s heart and escape poverty for a world full of glittering gowns, beautiful jewels and the world at her feet?
There is one small problem with her plan: America doesn’t want to become royalty. She doesn’t want to be the one who marries Prince Maxon. All America wants to do is live the life she had been planning out. She wants to marry her secret love, Aspen.
When Aspen hears about the Selection he urges America should try out so she might have a better life than what he can offer.  America doesn’t want to but agrees to try out.  America’s mother is ecstatic when she discovers that America is willing to try out for the Selection. She, like every other mother with a daughter eligible for the Selection, takes her daughter to the post office first thing, where they find everyone else has exactly the same idea.
To her utmost amazement and dismay, America is one of the lucky few chosen to enter into the Selection, to move to the Palace and to meet, and perhaps, marry Prince Maxon. America’s plans are ruined and she attempts to be eliminated from the Selection as soon as she can, so she can be reunited with Aspen. But her best laid plans are thwarted again and perhaps her life will be changed forever.
This is a fabulous book which I really enjoyed. It’s perfect for a teenage audience. If you’re a fan of reality TV and dystopian romance, then this is the book for you. I tell all my friends about this book and how fantastic it is. I can’t wait until the second book, ‘The Elite’, is released!

Our review copy of THE SELECTION thanks to the fantastic people at Harper Collins Australia
To buy or learn more visit The Selection Page at Harper Collins
eBook is also available here eBook


Kiera Cass was an awkward teenager when growing up in the 1980s. Kiera always wanted to perform but wasn't sure exactly what she wanted to do. She tried all methods of performing from acting, to singing, to dancing, but eventually realised it was her love of storytelling, not performing, which led her to those pursuits. She began writing after a local tragedy in 2007, and she self-published her first novel, The Siren, in 2009 when she was pregnant with her son. The Selection was published in 2012 when she was pregnant with her daughter.

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