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 saw this book a lot of times come up on Goodreads or Booklikes and it pretty good ratings so I finally picked it up and started reading it and I finished the book in under a day.
It is Hunger Games meets The Bachelor (though I never watched that show, but I know the concept of it).
I really adored America, from the beginning she was kind, genuine, smart and funny. I loved that she stood up for herself and did not want to change for anything or anyone. Not even the royal family or Prince Maxon himself, even if it meant she could have a much better live for her and her family. She even tells him that she is not there for him, and never wants to be with him. She offers him a deal that if he keeps her there as long as he can for the money for her family, she will help him find the right girl for him to marry. He of accepts the deal and they become friends. But of course she does start to fall for him later on in the book.
You can find my full review here