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The Queen (The Selection #) by Kiera Cass ~ FREE EBOOKS | ePUB, MOBI, and PDF format. The Queen (The Selection Saga La Selección Kiera Cass: 1. Kiera Cass graduated from Radford University with a degree in History. La reina. Historias de La Selección (Series). Kiera Cass Author Jorge Rizzo Translator. Prince MaxonTeen BooksBooks For TeensYa BooksBooks To ReadThe Selection Series MovieThe Selection Kiera CassLa Sélection Kiera CassKiera Cass.
America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want—and America's chance to choose is about to slip away. The One 3 Summary: The time has come for one winner to be crowned. When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon's heart.
But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she'll have to fight for the future she wants. The Heir 4 Summary: Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after.
Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she'd put off marriage for as long as possible.
But a princess's life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can't escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests. Eadlyn doesn't expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn's heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her.
She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone. Cass is also VERY fond of using the dialogue tag "sing" or "sang out. This is a really idiotic move because I sort of imagine everyone singing in a Miss Piggy tone of voice. The queen is described as sitting "not in an icy way," in contrast to her husband and son.
Which makes zero sense. Posture is not described as icy: You can't just use words because you feel like it. Words mean specific things. Also, someone twirls her fork "menacingly. This is one of those fun things you can try to do at dinner tonight.
I get what Cass is trying to go here, but she hasn't described it right. Or it can even be something like, "She was merely twirling pasta on her fork, but she somehow managed to make the gesture look menacing, like she meant to stab me in the eye with it after I was finished eating. America also puts her books on a "helpful" shelf. That's how I describe all my furniture when they fulfill their function: At one point, America describes Aspen's hair as "scraggly.
Ragged, thin, or untidy in form or appearance. Now, I recognize the use of the word "or" in this definition: However, words have connotations as well as denotations, and using the word "scraggly" implies dirty and thin. Probably not how you want people to imagine one of the love interests' hair.
Cass also likes to juxtapose words weirdly, like when America "whisper-yelled" at Aspen, or when Maxon laughs "with a bizarre mix of rigidity and calm," or a character who smiles in a way that's both "excited and timid. America's family is described as poor because they are lower caste. I don't download it. She has her own bedroom, and her family owns not only a fridge, but a TV, and they eat popcorn while they watch it.
And it would have been so easy to do! Such as, "the fridge was a cast-off from the home of a Three! Inner city? Rural countryside? This would have gone a long way towards establishing America's poverty. Or people are described as "regal" without any indication of what that means stiff posture?
Raised chin? Expressionless face? Walks with a stick up their rears? America's first breakfast in the palace: Here's another stunning example of Cass's descriptive prowess: The carpets were lavish and immaculate, the windows were sparkling, and the paintings on the wall were lovely. How big are the mirrors? What kind of flowers?
What do the carpets look like? This is not how you write description, guys. The telling, not showing also ties into the bad characterization. We are TOLD, for example, that Aspen's mother is kind, because she "give[s] clothes that didn't fit her kids anymore to families who had next to nothing. Giving away clothes that you don't use anymore isn't kind, because it lacks the element of sacrifice.
It's vaguely charitable at best. If Cass wanted to use this example, she would have had to add something along the lines of "instead of selling it for money. Witness the 'bargain' that America offers the prince during their first meeting: Then, after like two meetings dates lol , America is hurt when Maxon didn't tell her something because she thinks that they are 'friends'. Not everyone is you, America. Not everyone tells all their secrets to their actual friends after YEARS, let alone to random people after a mere days.
For example, at one point the prince says, "I hope to find happiness, too. To find a woman that all of Illea can love, someone to be my companion and to help entertain the leaders of other nations.
Someone who will befriend my friends and be my confidante. I'm ready to find my wife. Maxon's idea of love is incredibly self-centered: And sure, a princess is public commodity and she should be popular with his people and not embarrass the country in front of other nations. He wants to enfold her into HIS life. I'm a little confused by everyone's lack of understanding of basic statistics in this book.
The selection is a lottery, and your odds are Not Good. And yet this book opens, "When we got the letter in the post, my mother was ecstatic. She had already decided that all our problems were solved, gone forever. The big hitch in her brilliant plan was me. God, if the woman thinks the "big hitch in her plan" is America's stubbornness, she must be dumber than a brick--like mother, like daughter, eh?
Later on, America notes that "families had already started throwing parties for their daughters, sure that they would be the one chosen for the Selection. I would say this is pretty much a master class in how not to write a novel. Aspiring novelists, take note.
You can learn more about what not to do spending ten bucks on this than in an expensive university writing program Writing a book is really hard. I respect that. I don't respect the way this author treats reviewers, because reviews are for readers, who deserve to know what they are getting for their money.
You guys, thank you so much for reading. I am blown away by all of your support. Will attach links soon. View all comments. May 12, Kiki rated it liked it Shelves: This book is like those little sachets of Nutella you get as free samples with like a magazine or a packet of Ritz or something, in that it's empty calories lite but seriously delicious. It's really small and really bad for you and not really that satisfying but shit if you don't enjoy it.
Because, no matter how superior you think your tastes are, you will enjoy this. Even just on a voyeuristic level. You just have to forget all of the stuff you know.
Like, all of it. Forget what you learned in This book is like those little sachets of Nutella you get as free samples with like a magazine or a packet of Ritz or something, in that it's empty calories lite but seriously delicious.
Forget what you learned in civics class and don't you dare remember even one page of that history textbook that your teacher shoved under your nose when you were eleven. Don't untangle those headphones; don't try to line up the yellow smarties. This book is a house of cards. Really cool to look at, but totally flimsy. And the controversy is such a shame. It's a shame that the creative minds behind this lovably fluffy duck-down are the sort to hurl expletives at honest, non-inflammatory reviewers via Twitter, which is literally the weakest way to attack someone, because were your reasons so flimsy that they wouldn't fill out more than characters?
Come on. Personal shitstorms aside, this book has about as much class and substance as its creators, but that's isn't to say that it didn't nicely pad out a two-hour train journey from Dundee to Glasgow. That commute, especially on a Friday lunchtime, is a snore. Add that to a tiny waif of a story with all of the addictive allure of crack and you've got two covers that you can turn in one single sitting.
I'm not going to lie to you and say that I didn't have preconceived notions about this one; I mean, come on. The social drama was embarrassing. Add that to a name like "America Singer" and you've got a character I'm expecting to hate.
But the thing was that I totally didn't. I have a bit of a problem with those who expect teen girls in YA books to behave like street-smart successful thirty-year-olds with enough life experience to be able to judge any situation with a clinical and businesslike edge.
I know I wasn't like that when I was sixteen, and neither were you. When I was sixteen I fell in love with a supply teacher and thought that having chipped nail polish made me look edgy. America is kind of like me. She's probably kind of like you, too. She's over-dramatic and foolishly optimistic and she gets swept up by a single kind action from a cute boy. So what? She's a teenage girl. She's also careful, restrained and compassionate.
She doesn't swallow bullshit like it's Orange Julius. She's believable. I'm not usually a huge fan of the whole "I'm special because I'm plain" which this whole book does use as a giant smoke screen for its sexism: Cass gives us commentary on girls and their competitiveness without actually tackling the reasoning behind that, which is of course a society whose foundations rely on a lack of camaraderie between women and this idea that in terms of relationships, men come first. Who is funding, perpetuating, and benefitting from the Selection?
Maxon, who will gain a wife, and the king, who will solidify his dynasty. The queen is merely there for decoration; she says and does nothing of import. This book, had it not been the Nutella free sample of dystopia in which there's no greater peril than running out of bow tie pasta and having to resort to lasagne sheets, could have been a fantastic allegory for the way in which women compete and are punished for it, when in fact it is men and male benefactors specifically who both incite and perpetuate said competition.
We are supposed to hate Celeste because she's our stereotypical heartless mean girl - and YA caters only to the insecurities of those who are visually plain, placing girls who wear lipstick into a terribly unflattering light and only exacerbating "types of girls" - when in fact Celeste and her desperation to climb the social ladder is a blinding example of what this patriarchal power imbalance between men and women has created in Cass's world.
That is, the idea that male acceptance and male pleasure has infinitely greater value than that of women. This idea that men and romance comes first, and female friendships threaten that, and get her! Tackle her! He's all that gives you value, remember? Calling out "all my friends are guys, there's less drama because girls are bitches" gives me immense satisfaction.
When I hear that self-important special snowflake shit it makes me want to hurl. Is that any way to speak about your fellow woman? Do you understand the waves that women can make when they work together? This book is nowhere near as bad in this area as it could have been - but we weren't spared disapproving glances at Bariel's breasts or the constant commentary on Celeste and her ridiculously exaggerated competitive antics. Do me a favour and spare me another wasted concept, because there's no peril to this, and because there's no peril, the story has no weight.
None of these girls are being forced to do this. There's monetary gain involved but America's family are not exactly begging for scraps, are they? Why on earth we're watching a middle-class girl agonize so deeply over a silly competition that she chose to enter is beyond me.
What's further beyond me is the whole caste system, and why it's even in place, and why this book is a dystopia. This could have been a four-star read for me had it been set in a high fantasy world, maybe in a kingdom called Candy Land where everything was frivolous and silly with an undercurrent of darkness and social instability.
But let's look at the technicalities of this. We have a competition with no negative outcomes that everyone adores except the faceless "rebels" who lack any real presence and who are portrayed as nasty barbarians when in fact what they're rebelling against is fat cats sitting in a palace eating fruitcake while children in the lower castes starve.
The prince for whom they're competing is hot and charming and sweet. Goddamn, nothing about this is dystopian. You might look at the poverty pointedly but is the poverty ever explored in any meaningful way? Is there ever any real commentary attached to it? Jesus, just add some fucking peril to your dystopia.
It's not meant to be serious! Dystopia is a genre that is built around social commentary. Don't you dare come in and fluff up a genre that was created as a platform for authors to offer creative, intelligent critique and discourse on some of the most controversial and powerful social issues in the real world.
Dystopia is a gift; dystopian stories can make us better people. This is not a dystopia. It is just silly. This book could have been so much more. It could have been powerful and groundbreaking. It's not like the writing was anything special in some places, it's just plain bad. This book is filled with some of the most unnatural and stilted dialogue I have ever read or that any of the characters, even those I liked Maxon was an unexpected favourite of mine, even if he is a two-faced spineless dingbat , grabbed my attention enough to make me give a crap.
It's just one big pile of wasted potential. And I am so suspicious of authors who say that they "write without agenda" because one cannot claim to do impossible things. Every single piece of writing in existence has agenda, big or small, powerful or menial.
Don't say that you just wanted to write a little light-hearted dystopia that nobody should take too much to heart. Don't do that. Don't do what Lauren DeStefano did when she wrote about rape and polygamy and forced marriage and sex with thirteen year olds and then claimed that there was no social commentary behind it, and that she wasn't trying to say anything with her writing. The fuck? Don't fuck with really serious issues and then try to wriggle out of readers' concern or curiosity by claiming that you "didn't mean anything by it".
That's lazy and also sort of insulting. All of that said, don't be too surprised by my three-star rating. I'm sorry, but I couldn't award less to a book that engrossed me so, and that was such guilty fun. I was absolutely hypnotized. Nov 05, Wendy Darling rated it did not like it Shelves: Reaction before reading this book: I know I may be a sucker for falling for this cover, but look at it!
I totally want to go to that party. Reaction after reading this book: I no longer want to go to this party. Full disclosure: I did not read this entire book. I took notes for the first 88 pages, read to page , and then skimmed the rest.
I think reading more than half the book qualifies as giving it a fair shot. The Selection arrives with a gorgeous cover and interesting premise. What if a lott Reaction before reading this book: What if a lottery allowed 35 teenage girls to compete for the hand of a handsome prince? I thought this might be a fun and fluffy read, so I pushed aside my initial misgivings about the names and pounced on the chance to read the ARC.
Turns out, sometimes your gut is just trying to do its job, as I kept struggling with the book until I finally admitted that I didn't find a single aspect of this story that I enjoyed. Somehow I missed the early blurb that described this novel as a mash-up between the The Bachelor and The Hunger Games , which is unfortunate because the comparison to the television show is pretty spot-on. Mentioning it in the same breath as The Hunger Games is a travesty, however, since this book barely qualifies as a dystopian novel--and certainly the quality of the story, characters, themes, and writing don't come even close to comparing.
Here are some facts which may help you decide whether you want to read this book: Character Names: Our main character's name is America Singer. Guess what she does. Her boyfriend's name is Aspen. Attempts to Make This Novel Dystopian: Sketchy caste system.
Talk of provinces.
Girls are required to wait until marriage to have sex. Infrastructure Committees. Occasional mentions of hunger and lack of makeup.
Very obvious protestations that are easily seen through. Juvenile dialogue. A lot of whispering to convey dramatic statements. A plethora of exclamation points. Eff you, cell phone commercial. You've ruined whole generations. Contestants vying for a "perfect" guy. Appearance fees. Television specials. Icky elements. Most Annoying Element of All: The story ends on a cliffhanger, as if there was so much going on in this one book, it could not be contained in a single volume.
Why did Mom have to push me so much? Wasn't she happy? Didn't she love Dad? Why wasn't this good enough for her? First my mom, then May, now you. It's getting on my nerves. He smiled. Aspen was dressed in white.
He looked angelic. That was it. I slapped him. I loved you! I wanted you; all I ever wanted was you! Whether you'll enjoy this book depends on whether you find any of the above details appealing. If, like me, they make you want to pull out your hair, it may be best to either try this one out at the library first or just admire the pretty cover design from a safe distance. Putting aside the fact that this probably would have worked better as a straightforward fairy tale without the pseudo-dystopian details, as well as the annoying focus on boys boys boys being the be-all and end-all of this book, the whole thing wasn't really a very enjoyable reading experience to me, not even as mindless entertainment.
I almost wish this were a middle grade novel, except that there are a few too many make out scenes for that. Plus I don't think I would have enjoyed this even at the age of 8. As always, these kinds of books are just a matter of taste. This review also appears in The Midnight Garden. After less than 24 hours of this review being live: Some pretty horrible developments occurred.
Please check message on this post if you're interested. Those interested in how this one review still continues to affect me 2 years after posting it should check out the links in message as well. This review has not been altered at all since its publication, with the exception of the addendum, and to delete a quote that was misread. Nov 17, Emily May rated it did not like it Shelves: I know, I know, I probably shouldn't have read this.
But when a series gets to be this popular, I can't help needing to know why. Firstly, the names. I knew that was her name, I knew it was silly, but whatever, it does not maketh or breaketh a book. Honestly, why I know, I know, I probably shouldn't have read this. Honestly, why did the author think that was a good idea? Yes, it was. Secondly, this book really is just like The Bachelor and nothing else.
I know we can jokingly compare the competition of beauty pageants and various reality shows to The Hunger Games , but the fact that this is seriously being compared to putting kids in an arena and letting them kill each other is just hilarious. This is about a beautiful girl who gets so pissed when people comment on her obvious beauty: This beautiful girl enters The Selection - a contest of sorts where the poor competitors volunteer to compete for the heart of a handsome prince.
It draws more attention to how bad it is by the vague mention of poverty, children being beaten for stealing food, social castes that are distinguished by numbers, etc. Cass slips in a small mention of these and then very quickly moves onto the smooching.
Our caste was just three away from the bottom. Oh no, I have only a few nice dresses, what is this world?! And Prince Maxon himself is about as sexy as a doorknob, with even fewer brain cells.
How creepy is it that he says: Just one more thing. I wasn't going to go into details about the world-building. To be honest, I went into The Selection willing to forgive it for not being very good on that front. I mean, it's obvious that this book wasn't written for people who care deeply about historical, political and socioeconomic factors. But Cass should have continued being vague, she really should have. Things just went even further downhill when she tried to paint in a back story.
How did this world come about? Well, obviously there was a Third World War, duh. And if you had the most basic understanding of history, guess which countries might have invaded - yes, invaded , lol - the United States.
China, you say? Oh, and maybe the Russians? Yup, those too! I cringe just remembering it. Also, why would China invade the US? Unfortunately for them, this didn't get them any money, as the United States was beyond bankruptcy. Why would China be so stupid? Did they think they could just march in and seize the money the Americans wouldn't give them? And then when they don't get their money, they create "The American State of China. This was way worse than if the author had simply offered no explanation for this society.
It's a completely crazy explanation. Maybe Cass assumed her YA audience would be so history-dumb that it wouldn't matter if countries did stupid things for stupid reasons. I guess I learned my lesson about trying out those "popular" books I never read.
Emily Andrews griffin Damn. Feb 04, Jean Who knew there were so many rabid Selection fans out there? I remember thinking the book was fine when I read it; not great, but not terrible.
For wha Who knew there were so many rabid Selection fans out there? For what it's worth, I enjoyed your review. So thanks for the laugh! Nov 04, Mariya rated it it was amazing Shelves: I know you think there are others here more suited for me and this life, and I wouldn't want you to rush into trying to be happy with any of this.
I just I just want to know if it's possible I don't think I quite expected that once I flipped the first page that I couldn't stop! But guess what it happened! I am constantly thinking about "I'm not so stupid as to believe that you've completely forgotten about your former boyfriend.
Everything about this book I absolutely loved and I have no freaking clue how I am going to wait more than a year for the second book to come out. Such torture! But they have a caste system in this world that goes from one to eight. One being very rich and eight being very poor. The Selection gets held for the prince where out of 35 woman he gets to narrow it down to one girl he picks as his princess. Since The Selection started, I'd been worrying that it was something that was going to ruin my life.
But in this moment, I couldn't think of a time that felt more right.
Her mother is very needy and begging her because it is a wonderful opportunity. Even if you don't get chosen as the princess your life changes forever, you will be higher up in the caste system, and it would help America's family. America doesn't care about any of that though, and plus she has a secret boyfriend, Aspen. It is sort of forbidden too for her to be with him.
Later on, Aspen feels America should at least try for The Selection and she gets picked as one of 35 girls. And some problems happen between Aspen and America before she leaves.
He leaned in even closer to whisper. Is there any possibility of you having any sort of I felt like she as a very strong heroine. And she is very unselfish.
When we meet Prince Maxon he is everything America thought he wouldn't be. I mean, come on. Maxon has very cute qualities that make my heart flutter. He has a cute reaction to crying ladies and it is funny. I love how he uses the term, "my dear", which America hates.
Prince Maxon is very sweet and kind and all her wants is to find a girl among the 35 girls that are at his palace that he could love. That girl may end up to be America though. But the question becomes is America even interested?
Is she over Aspen yet? There seems to be a lot going on between Maxon and America without anything actually happening and it becomes clear in my opinion at least that America does like Maxon, but there are things she has to figure out first. I wrapped my arms around him, resting my head against his chest.
Maxon seemed both comforted and surprised by the gesture. I took only a second for him to wrap his arms securely around me. But I most definitely want America and Maxon together. It felt so short. I wish the book was like pages long. I loved it that much! It will be complete torture waiting for the next book in the series.
More of my reviews at Mystifying Paranormal Reviews View all 44 comments. Jan 13, Shannon rated it did not like it Shelves: If you can get past the "I'm smelling my armpit" cover, and also the silly names, and the horribly unoriginal storyline, and the terrible writing What does that leave you then?
A nice Seriously, though, read reviews for this one. They're not favorable for a reason. View all 47 comments. May 14, Miranda Reads rated it liked it Shelves: I really do. And I hope you never have to know what it's like to have to try and live without them.
North America was destroyed wars, financial crisis, etc. This new country came with a strict caste system with Ones being the royal family all the way down to Eights - poor, starving untouchables.
America Singer , a Five, is among the artist caste. Hungry but not starving. Poor but not destitute. She has a secret love , Aspen, a Six the laborers and cleaners and she knows nothing could be worse than their discovery. In her country, only the harshest of punishments are towards the unpure girls. Life seems rather hopeless.. The Selection. Prince Maxon is ready to find his bride and the royals crowd-sourced 35 eligible healthy, virgins for the task.
America signs up for the Selection under duress of her family and surprise, surprise our heroine is selected. Every week she remains in the prince's pool of suitable companions, her family gets much needed money. Every week she remains, she's one step closer to becoming a One. As much as her family is rooting with her, she decides to cut a deal with Maxon.
She'll be his friend, his eyes-and-ears in exchange for keeping her in the competition and her family will keep getting that sweet paycheck. I enjoyed the rather sweet romance that developed between our mains. Thank goodness it wasn't an insta-love sort of deal. Plus, who doesn't love it when there's solid banter between the leads?
It sounds weird, but bear with me. The country is in a bout of civil unrest, rebels both factions are breaking into the castle every other day It just felt very The author has the rebels breaking in so frequently that I really wondered if the king left the back door unlocked.
The caste system added drama All in all, it could've been a great book if it was better fleshed out but it's still an entertaining one. Just don't think too hard. Audiobook Comments Read by Amy Rubinate - not bad at all I don't think the folks really planned out this audiobook series at all. Book 1 - Queen Amberly no accent , her sister southern twang. What the what. Blog Instagram Twitter View all 45 comments. Miranda Reads Janett wrote: I love this series! The first 3 books anyway.
I agree that Kiera's research was lacking especially in simple things like c Janett wrote: I agree that Kiera's research was lacking especially in simple things like calling Maxon "Majesty" which is improper for a Prince.
I also Miranda Reads Nora… wrote: I read this book for one reason: To find out why it's a New York Times Best-selling series. After drinking several beers and banging my head against the wall after reading The Selection , I can kinda see why.
And to be fair, it's probably not the absolute worst book I've read. I mean, there's still that time I read Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini Still, it is by no means something that I'd recommend. I know it might seem like I detested The Selection based on my status updates , but to be pe I read this book for one reason: I know it might seem like I detested The Selection based on my status updates , but to be perfectly honest, I haven't had this much fun reading a terrible book since Midnight Sun.
Character names: If there's one thing that I just don't understand about The Selection , it's why more creativity couldn't be used on character names. Character names based on their occupation? House of Mary Sues: It might not surprise you that this book is about a super special snowflake, but did you know that virtually ALL the characters are just as special?
The competition in The Selection isn't just about which girl can win Maxon's heart. Oh no. It's about who's the most special of them all! And since most of them are so damn selfless, they end up tripping over themselves, giving each other compliment after compliment. You'd make such a great Queen. I'm nothing but a cardboard cutout excuse for a supporting character. In fact, even Maxon and Aspen are competing, too. In my hands I hold a royal flush of Mary Sues.
The love triangle: I almost always dislike love triangles. It turns the female character into someone who can only focus on the two boys and becomes a much less interesting person. In effect, she is defined by this love triangle and her story becomes a shipping war. I was hoping The Selection wouldn't fall into that trap and was ecstatic that America was leaving Aspen behind when she left to live at the palace.
But I knew things couldn't be that simple since he eventually shows up at the right fucking moment to add unnecessary romantic tension. Because what a coincidence that a poor boy, who's a glorified custodian, would find his way all the way to the palace and a guard right outside America's door!
It must be fate Let's go with the latter. So now we have both boys back into America's life. What's a year-old to do? Who are you going to choose, America?! I'm choosing me. America spends majority of the book struggling with who to choose. And I would wager that the other books have the very same struggle. If there is one thing this book was good at, it was its predictability. Also, did I mention how America has never had a female friend?
The explanation for this is that she is always working and was homeschooled. But someone she made time to have a steady boyfriend Aspen for 2 years. She even mentions his sisters, but apparently, they aren't friends.
Even more, I found it super strange that she mentions that Maxon would have been someone she befriended at home had he been a neighbor. So I guess America only had time to make male friends back at home. It's after she is forced to be around other females that she makes female friends.
The thing about her female friends is that the only thing they ever talk about is Maxon. Though he is a supporting character to America, he holds the center of this novel, making it complete one-dimensional, lacking any character depth. It's a real shame because the premise of The Selection isn't entirely a horrible one. But instead, Cass sets up a plot that is so staged that I couldn't possibly take it seriously.
Supporting characters are weaker to make America seem stronger. Supporting character make ridiculous suggestions so America can seem smarter.
Rebels attack the palace for But, hey, those scenes make America look like a leader, so why not? What really kills me is how America tells Maxon that she "just needs time" to get over her ex-boyfriend, but he has no idea it's Aspen, the very guard he stationed right outside her bedroom at night. And she doesn't seem to have any inclination to tell Maxon either. Also, Maxon doesn't own a set of balls. Like I said earlier, I can sort of see the appeal of this book and I've been told it's really popular among younger readers.
Two hot boys, pretty dresses, a light and fluffy read. There is nothing wrong with these things. I occasionally like them in my books as well, depending on what kind of mood I'm in.
But I would have liked the novel to be about more than just a girl choosing between each guy. We know nothing about her beaus outside of how "cute" they are to America. What are their traits, strengths, morals? How do they individually enhance America's life? What do these male characters represent on a larger scale? How do they even differ? The Selection doesn't even begin to touch on any of those questions because the story doesn't actually leave you with any to ponder.
What it does leave you with is a promise of a love triangle from hell and a sinking sense that the remainder of the series could only be one thing: My paperback came with a sneak peek of book 2 and I was very underwhelmed even more than I was with The Selection.
She starts off book 2 with the difficult choice of Maxon or Aspen. I think I will spare myself. So the question is: Is this book worth a read? In my opinion, no. Alternately, there's The Jewel that has a very similar feel, but is an overall stronger novel in every possible way. Read that instead. More reviews and other fantastical things at Cuddlebuggery. View all 57 comments. Sep 19, Lea rated it it was ok Shelves: This review was not affected by online drama or controversy.
Everything I have to say here is based on my own personal opinion about the book itself, even though I definitely think Cass needs a new publicist. All the captions in the non-animated picture memes were made by me-- because, you know, I'm just THAT brilliantly witty. So please don't use them without asking my permission first. View all 59 comments. Aug 01, Maria rated it really liked it. How refreshing!
I feel so much lighter now, like a weight has been lifted off of me. I feel happy and fluffy and bubbly. This is such a fan and entertaining read. I can't even review it properly. You can't just criticize harshly a trash YA book, made to not be taken seriously. Guys, let some love into your life!
This book meets The Hunger Games meets The Bachelor meets America's Next Top Model meets any kind of trashy reality show you will find on TV meets any kind of chick lit movie you will find on the cinema. And I loved it! So many characters and settings reminded me of other characters and settings from other books and movies and tv shows, and it just made me giddy. This book would have been my favorite if I read it when I was 15 or something, at 21 I couldn't feel the same butterflies.
I'm jealous of y'all for reading it when you were a teenager! It must have been such a fulfilling and blissful experience.
I'm gonna criticize some minor problems but nothing too serious. I don't want to ruin the jolly feeling this book gave me! Let's go! The main character's name is America Singer. America Singer. And guess what her profession is? A singer. Honestly, guys, I laughed out loud when this name was mentioned. I couldn't help it. Non-Greek people, listen out. Kota in Greek is an insult for Greek people. A funny one. A trashy one. Also, it's chicken. But mostly an insult. Kota means hen. But hen isn't an insult in English, obviously.
I think. Correct me if I'm wrong. It's basically "bitch" in poultry form. The word has the same impact as bitch. Good talk. I'm still laughing at this name, and at the fact it's for a male character.
I sent it to my friends and we all had a good laugh. I always laugh sending them weird things from books I read. I'll talk about one more aspect I didn't like and then I'm done as I promised! I didn't find the world building too convincing. I feel like the story was too character and relationship driven, that the whole standpoint of the politics was unnecessary and redundant.
I respected the castes derivative, it was unique and it mirrored so much our today's society, but she should have left it at that. She should have evolved the world more for it to be taken seriously, or slowed down on the teen drama factor. Which is the reason these books are so fun and lovable, the teen drama trashy YA aspect of them. So, yes, I don't need world building here!
Now onto I underestimated this book immensely. I truly thought the main character would be a shallow, superficial, dumb bitch, who only cared about the dresses and the fame and all that.
A character like Celeste , you could say. But I was pleasantly taken aback. America is an incredible character. She is funny, sassy, independent, clever, uncompromising. A true role model and I'm rooting for her. She really cares about her family and puts herself in a tough for her position which also brings danger in physical form. I hope she sorts her shit out in her head, and chooses the best for her.
I was delighted that she stood up for them, brought them to safety, fought for them. She showed how much of a Queen she can become.