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.
It's always the fear of looking stupid that stops you from being awesome
- America -
Do you know a reality show Joe Millionaire? I immediately thought about that reality show when I read The Selection. They basically have same premise, a rich guy who wants to find true love from a batch of girls.
I did enjoy reading this book. I loved watching Joe Millionaire (JM), and reading The Selection is enjoying as watching. Though JM is more engaging for me xD The story line is kinda cliche, but still loveable.
There are a lot of characters (obviously 35 contestants already a lot) without remarkable descriptions. Sometimes I just know some name but don't know who she is or which one, sometimes I have no idea. If you love girls' drama in JM or Bachelor, The Selection also has it with enough portion. Beside the competition, they also build friendship :)
The character who spot on is Prince Maxon. How cannot, he's the one who will select XD Beside his perfection describable prince, he is a normal guy who has weaknesses. I love how Prince Maxon and America's relationship grows. They don't rush their relationship, it comes in slow pace but sweet :) In the other hand, there is also America's ex boyfriend, Aspen, who is strong and passionate guy. He is shown kinda lame at the beginning, but who can hate a guy who works hard to fed his family? :)
The world building is not compelling for me. The castes thing seems not too strong and so conservative. I was sometimes confused how to imagine Ilea with modern or more archaic era. But I do love about rebellion which happened in Ilea, it raises up the story. I hope for more political things in this story, perhaps America will bring revolution and the State of America will revive :)
About Joe Millionaire
Joe Millionaire is a phenomenal reality show which aired on 2003. It's like Bachelor where a guy will have a date with some girls to find his true love, but the different is in Joe Millionaire, the guy (whose name is Evan) is a rich man who is inherited million dollars.
They lived in a regal castle during the show. The had luxurious date, beautiful dresses, and some jeweleries. The rivality was more intense because it's a millionaire who they pursued.
The final remained 2 different girls. Sarah, a modern and gracious model who had more affection to Evan. The other girl was Zora, a humble and endearing girl who won people's hearts because of her cordiality. Sarah was a competitive one, while Zora is more resigned.