Please note that The Selection is the ‘Worst Book of 2016’ amongst the ones that I read and that this is my personal opinion. You do not have to agree. I have to admit that I do not like criticizing books at all but this one has been haunting me for months.
Plot summary: 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.
I don’t know where to begin. There is nothing that comes to mind that could pass as constructive criticism so, I’m just going to say it. These books are terrible. I spent two days of my life reading three of these books, that I’m never getting back. The reviews on Goodreads are unbelievably good. People are raving about these books and I’m here thinking I would reject a thousand dollars if it meant that I had to read another one of The Selection series (There are two more and a few novellas.) There are people saying it’s as good as The Hunger Games and I’m here trying to figure out how modern day literature got to this point.
don’t like to read plot summaries before reading a book. I feel that they tend to give away too much so, what I heard about this book was that there is a caste system here and a person is known by his her number and that it is like the hunger games.
Mentioning this book in the same sentence as ‘The Hunger Games’ should be illegal. The writing is poor, the setup is shaky, the dystopia aspect is just there for the heck of it and the loose ends are tied up in the final book in one big messy knot. I can imagine Keira writing the ‘ending’ and thinking ‘fuck it, I can’t’.
The protagonist is a young girl named America Singer. You read that right. Why America? Because dystopia. No such country named America so why not? Why Singer? Because her family sings for a profession. Logic.Each book ends on a cliffhanger and there isn’t enough going on in the books for it to be a series. I could honestly pick all the important elements from the books and sum them all up into a 300-page bind up. Unnecessary cliffhangers and cheesy dialogues. The worst.
Each book ends on a cliffhanger and there isn’t enough going on in the books for it to be a series.
I could honestly pick all the important elements from the books and sum them all up into a 300-page bind up. Unnecessary cliffhangers and cheesy dialogues. The worst. I’m sad that I read this book because now every bad book I read, I compare to this one. That way, it never gets out of my mind.
I just want to forget about it. That’s all I want.
Please read this review and see how Keira and her agent harassed and abused a user for her negative one-star review.
Random quotes from the book: