The Selection is an intriguing book that combines a futuristic setting and the very real romantic and relationship drama. It's been described as a dystopian The Bachelor, which might not be a favorable comparison for some readers, but readers will be happy to find that The Selection doesn't focus on a lot of silly drama. There are makeovers and pretty dresses and the requisite mean girl, but Cass thankfully doesn't let the narrative get bogged down in cattiness. America is genuinely nice and her goal isn't to win, which leads to some interesting scenes with the other girls as her unusual relationship with Maxon causes some tension, but thankfully it isn't overwrought. Cass gradually builds the world of Ilea as America is exposed to life at the palace where knowledge of history, social issues, and politics are a requirement. The most exciting part of the novel isn't the romantic drama, but the attacks on the palace and the question of what it is that the rebels would risk lives in order to obtain. There are a lot of loose ends at the conclusion of The Selection—the motivations of certain characters are unclear, a princess still hasn't been chosen, and America finds herself conflicted over not just Aspen and Maxon, but in which direction her life should take. Cass has crafted an easy to read and engaging story that will find popular footing with female fans of dystopian reads.
Cover Comments: This cover is gorgeous! I love the icy blues and the depth of the cover, and how the model looks like America. Very cool!
This one will be out on April 24th, 2012!
Also, did you know that the CW (the network with The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle) are currently in the process of filming a pilot for The Selection? Check out kieracass.com for all the info!