The Selection Series: 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. 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.

Hello, welcome to the “I am the last to read popular series” blog. But, that is what this new Monday schedule is for, right?

My friends have been begging me to read The Selection Series forEVER, and I finally drew it from my library TBR box (yes, box…my tbr is too big for a jar). I know this series has mixed reviews, but it’s just too fluffy to resist. I figured I’d read the first one and then see.

Let’s just get this out of the way–this book is problematic. It’s a little like The Hunger Games, except instead of being separated by districts, the people are sorted by numbered castes One thru Eight. The higher the number, the more you serve, the less educated you are, and the more likely you are to commit crime. There are limited chances to move between the castes, but it is taboo. Also, there is very little, if any diversity. There’s definitely only one definition of beauty and it doesn’t include POC. Lastly, at least for now, this IS a book based around The Bachelor, so the expectation of romance is very skewed.

However, the book is quite fun to read. I can understand why it is so popular. Can I call it my problematic fave? Nah. I won’t go so far to call it a fave. But maybe my problematic “I’m going to read the next one because it’s good brain candy.”  It’s entertaining to see the US written in such a satirical way–Cass’s mockery definitely shows our country in the direction we seem to be heading. I don’t agree with it all, but I can see the point she was trying to make. We shall see how it develops in The Elite!

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