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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Teen (24 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062059939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062059932
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.8 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 650,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Reality TV meets dystopian fairy tale in Kiera Cass’s delightful debut. Charming, captivating, and filled with just the right amount of swoon!” Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of Paranormalcy

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Kiera Cass graduated from Radford University with a degree in History. She grew up in South Carolina and currently lives in Blacksburg, Virginia with her family. In her spare time, Kiera enjoys reading, dancing, making videos and eating unhealthy amounts of cake. You can learn more about Kiera at kieracass.com, follow her on twitter via @kieracass, and see her silly videos at YouTube.com/user/kieracass.

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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Hannah Reads Books on 13 Jun 2012
Format: Paperback
This is a world with Kings and Queens and Princes and Princesses. A world where royalty rules, and the Princes are just as gorgeous as Prince Harry. Yet we are not inside my imagination (yes, Prince Harry is very much so in my imagination. Did you see him over the Jubilee weekend? Phwoar). We are in the future.

Welcome to the world of Illea, a country that has grown from the ashes of its past to rise up once again to be the super power it once was. Where the current King's son, Prince Maxon, is about to choose his bride. But remember, this is the future. In the past, Kings and Queens sold off their daughters and sons for allegiances - and still do, in this new world - but in Illea, the Prince gets a choice. 35 girls, from all over the country, from a range of castes, whittled down to one girl, who would then become Princess of Illea, wife of Prince Maxon and a future Queen.

For America Singer, however, this is not a perfect world. Her love for a boy a caste below hers means that they have to keep their relationship a secret, and soon America finds herself thrust into the spotlight when she becomes part of The Selection, the broadcasted event to find the Prince's future wife. America doesn't want to be a part of the Selection, but she soon realises that she doesn't have a choice, and instead befriends the Prince. But what consequences does this have for America, especially in a country where rebellion grows daily, just like her feelings for Maxon?

The Selection was a novel I have been looking forward to reading since I first heard about it, and it certainly didn't disappoint. Just the way that Cass has created this new country, and the history behind Illea, was enough to captivate me.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kate Phillips TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 Jun 2012
Format: Paperback
I found this book really bizarre, I was really excited to read it. The cover is stunning and it sounded really different. I was not necessarily disappointed in it, the book was ok and I managed to read it all. It is not a bad book it is just that I didn't find it very interesting.

I think it is because I feel like I have read this book before. It is another story about a girl who thinks she is a nobody but everyone else thinks she is perfect, who finds herself stuck between two dashing men. It is a story I have read a million times. The problem with The Selection is that it doesn't actually do anything new to make it stand out from all those other books out there.

The writing is good, that is not a problem here. It is easy to read, descriptive and sometimes funny. The characters are all how they should be. America is feisty and headstrong but lacks for any other personality, it doesn't help that everyone continually tells her how beautiful, amazing and perfect she is. The more the book went on the more I grimaced whenever this happened. It felt like the author was trying to embed the fact that America is perfection on our brains and I didn't like it.

The boys are exactly how they should be to. Max is charming, sweet and cute. Aspen is passionate, strong-willed and a little dark. There is nothing to really love or hate about either of them. They are likable enough but I felt no strong connection to them at all.

I also found the ending bizarre. It just kind of ends I was watching the percentage creep up on my kindle and wondering how in the 2% I had left the book was going to end...well it doesn't really at least it felt like it like.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Key. on 8 Sep 2013
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I had been interested to read this ever since I saw the beautiful cover and I thought the premise was interesting. I ended up getting it for 99p on my kindle, so I thought even if I didn't like it, I hadn't wasted too much of my money but now that I've read it, I do not think that this was 99p well spent. (I started writing this review before I had read about the drama about the attitude against negative reviews of 2012 as I only discovered this information after finishing the book and checking out other peoples reviews to see what they thought, if I had read that before, I probably wouldn't have bothered, though I have not let this affect my review for this book at all, everything I write is my own opinion). This review will have spoilers.

America moaning that people were calling her beautiful irritated me. Why do so many authors does this? Has a girl who is beautiful, but doesn't realise it. It's almost become a cliché. I think it's meant to build character, to show low confidence, or something, but the characters confidence, more often than not, is fine, so it's usually more of an annoyance and a waste of words. Obviously America is attractive, otherwise she wouldn't have been chosen for the selection. We know that. She's attractive. All the girls that have been chosen are. It's the battle of the 35 hottest girls in the Kingdom. Why couldn't the writer just leave it at that? Americas whining was pointless, I'd rather just have her graciously accept it with a thank you or 'I don't see it, but thank you'. That would show more character than her whining.
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