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The Selection Review ✓ 107 × 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 MaxonBut for America Singer being Selected is a nightmare It mFor 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 gorg. 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 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 flimsyAnd 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 than 140 characters Come onPersonal 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 sittingI'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'tI 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 there's the inevitable conversation in which someone says that big groups of girls always means there's snarky bitching and tons of competition which doesn't hang together at all if you look at what is perpetuating this competition 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 firstWho is funding perpetuating and benefitting from the Selection Maxon who will gain a wife and the king who will solidify his dynasty The ueen 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 Don't let that hussy steal your man He's all that gives you value rememberCalling 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 NoJesus just add some fucking peril to your dystopia But it's light and fluffy It's not meant to be serious you say Newsflash dystopia is a really goddamn serious genre 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 critiue 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 sillyHonestly This book could have been so much 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 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

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Eous Prince MaxonBut 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 tha. Stuck at home Got some time on your hands Want to start a long series But you don't want a dudCheck out this booktube video all about which series are worth your time and which ones aren't Check Out the Written Review The Bachelor The Princess Diaries I hope you find someone you can't live withoutI 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 A man of the name Gregory Illéa pulled together what was left to form Illéa This new country came with a strict caste system with Ones being the royal family all the way down to Eights poor starving untouchablesAmerica 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 girlsLife seems rather hopelessthat is until the chance of a lifetime swings her way 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’ve met nearly every woman in this room and I can’t think of one who would make a better friend I’d be glad to have you stayMy relief was inexpressibleDo you think Maxon asked That I could still call you ‘my dear’ Not a chance I whispered” Sometimes you need a dishy cat fighting true love finding princess y sort of book and this one was certainly it 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 “If you don’t want me to be in love with you you’re going to have to stop looking so lovely First thing tomorrow I’m having your maids sew some potato sacks together for you” The thing that bugged the ever living daylights out of me was that the author really didn't know much about politics 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 and the king decides to host the Bachelor Really It just felt very under researched and clumsily done The author has the rebels breaking in so freuently that I really wondered if the king left the back door unlockedThe caste system added drama but you could tell that it was just there for girls to have excuses to be snobs to each other and for dramatic pining moments I love him but we could never be togetherAll 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 CommentsRead by Amy Rubinate not bad at allEXCEPT FOR THE ACCENTS I don't think the folks really planned out this audiobook series at all Book 1 ueen Amberly no accent her sister southern twang Companion Book The ueen ueen Amberly heavy native Honduraguan accent What the whatYouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat mirandareads Happy Reading

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The SelectionT is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacksThen America meets Prince Maxon Gradually she starts to uestion 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. 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 wait really you can get past all of that What does that leave you then A nice fontSeriously though read reviews for this one They're not favorable for a reason