* * * */ Four Stars (almost five)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Romance, Humor, Futuristic, Suspense
America Singer and her family are fives; aristocrats, all of them working in 'the arts'. They are 3 caste levels up from the worst caste, an eight. In a world where the USA has long since crumbled and a new kingdom has risen from the ashes, China is a superpower, and World Wars 3 and 4 have already been fought, the 'one' caste remains; the royal family. Whenever a prince born of the royal family comes of age, 35 eligible girls from any caste are selected to compete for his hand and for the crown. America doesn't want to enter the Selection, since she is happy with her boyfriend back at home. But, at his urging, her mother's pleas, and the chance to earn money for her poor family and friends, America enters. Unexpectedly, she is chosen, and her world gets flipped upside down. Now immersed in a world of luxury and lies, America Singer must fight out the Selection while confused about who and what she wants. Will she continue on and choose to be with the prince? Or will she be eliminated and go back home?
I really liked this incredible book by Kiera Cass. The distopian world and America's fiery courage throughout the book had me hanging on to the last words! I recommend this book to anyone wanting a 'modern Cinderella' story and an interesting romance.
(Above are all 3 main books in the trilogy)