Review – The Selection

Posted April 4, 2016 by Nicky in Reviews / 2 Comments

Cover of The Selection by Kiera CassThe Selection, Kiera Cass

I didn’t expect to like The Selection, and I’m not sure any regulars here thought I would, but surprisingly, well… I kind of read it all in one go. It’s not a favourite or anything, but I found it very readable, and there were some points I definitely liked: the sensuality between Aspen and America, despite his rather sexist attitude of having to provide for her, for example. I didn’t like Aspen, but I liked the bond between them (if that makes sense), and I also liked that at the end of the book, America was ready to consider it and state that she would be doing herself a disservice if she just leapt into making a decision between Maxon and Aspen. Like.

Maxon is, well, too good to be true — considerate, friendly, hoping for romance, etc, etc, especially when you compare his behaviour to Aspen’s. It makes sense, though, and hopefully in later books he’s developed a bit more: I did enjoy the fact that he and America struck up a friendship, and that he relied upon her.

The other thing I liked was that, for the most part, the participants wished each other well and helped one another. There’s always a mean girl, of course, and there wouldn’t be much drama if there wasn’t a stumbling block like that. But the feeling of sisterhood that grows between the contestants is a nice touch.

I don’t know if I’ll read the other books. It may have been that I just read this at the right time, tired and wanting something easy! But I am a little curious, so I probably will. I’ve never been one for reality shows and soap operas, so it might not hold my attention if the drama builds up, but it’s fun enough from what I can see in The Selection.

Rating: 3/5

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2 responses to “Review – The Selection

  1. Haha I have to admit I’m surprised by a positive review here! 🙂 But it’s good when a book surprises you in a good way, I always like that. I didn’t HATE the first book, but I hoped the second would up the stakes – that didn’t really happen. I still have to finish the series, though, I’ll be picking up the third book soon, probably, to cross it off my list, and then I’ll make the final judgement.

    • I don’t know why it worked for me! It was just… kinda… fun. And it had redeeming factors, like friendship between the girls and America deciding to do what’s best for her and figure things out rather than jump to conclusions.

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