Marry, Date or Dump: Contestants from The Selection by Kiera Cass

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I finished The One, by Kiera Cass and reviewed it over the weekend. When I decided to do a marry date or dump based on this series, I first tried to think of three male characters to include. I quickly abandoned that idea since there are really only two prominent male characters (except for the king who I knew would be an automatic dump for everyone). I think it would be more fun to hear which of the possible princesses you would marry, date or dump. Let me know in the comments and feel free to include if you like Prince Maxon or Aspen better (even though I’m firmly team Maxon I won’t hold it against you if you say Aspen!).

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The One, by Kiera Cass: After the Final Rose

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*As with most reviews of book sequels there will be some spoilers for book one and two in the series, but no spoilers for The One.

I’ve been waiting for The One, by Kiera Cass since I first read The Selection. Why? Because the central tension of the books revolve around two questions. (1) Who out of the 35 women will Prince Maxon choose to become his princess? (2) If America is chosen will she choose Maxon back or will she end up with childhood sweetheart turned palace guard Aspen? This book lives up to its promise by answering both questions. Ergo I think it is a pretty successful book.  Continue reading “The One, by Kiera Cass: After the Final Rose”

The Elite: It’s Still the Bachelor with Dystopian Rebels

*** As with any review of a sequel there will be spoilers for book one. If you are thinking about starting the series you can read my review of book one, The Selection.

Elite coverI started The Elite, by Kiera Cass, at midnight earlier this week when my pre-ordered copy landed on my i-pad and finished it before brushing my teeth the next morning. This signifies three things: (1) that the book is a very quick read, (2) that like its predecessor The Elite is compelling, and (3) That I was up for most of the night with a ouchy ear infection. Don’t worry it’s cleared up!

I liked The Elite a lot. And I’m not just saying this because I’m scared of being targeted as a bully (I hate when authors behave badly). The things I liked about The Selection, I still liked in the Elite. The relationships between the girls continued to be interesting. WIth only six girls left in the competition it was easier to keep them straight, form favorites, and get to know them better. This is pretty much how it works in the Bachelor as well. Of particular note was the flushing out of Kris’ character and her interesting relationship with Maxon.  Continue reading “The Elite: It’s Still the Bachelor with Dystopian Rebels”

Something to Read this Weekend: The Prince, A Selection Novel

9780062248169_p0_v3_s260x420Pretty much ever since I finished The Selection by Keira Cass, I’ve been craving the sequel. To say book ended with a cliff hanger wouldn’t be an understatement, but it would be a completely true statement. It almost seemed to stop mid thought and I was left being like … What is going on with the rebels? Who is Maxon going to choose? Who is America going to choose? It’s been like waiting for the final episode of the Bachelor for a year.

While, The Elite is less than a month away … but I did stumble on The Prince, a novella/prequel to The Selection told from the point of view of Prince Maxon.  While it isn’t really a full narrative, or as well put together as the novel, it definitely sheds some light onto Maxon’s personality, upbringing, and the challenges of royal life.

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The Selection: Tonight on the most shocking dystopian novel yet

I liked The Selection, by Kiera Cass. In fact, I reread the second half immediately after finishing. It is light, fluffy and very girly, but I like all of those things.  There is also a little dystopian flavor thrown in. The main character, unfortunately named America Singer, is not an unreliable or annoying narrator.  Plus there are princesses! It doesn’t surprise me that the book is an instant hit and already set up as a television show on the CW for the fall.

In a world where society is broken into numbers, defining the characters’ profession, education level, financial and social status, there is one way that a girl can raiser her fortune and help support her family. It’s called the selection. A girl is chosen from every district to compete for the prince’s hand in marriage.  The girls all live in the same castle, are eliminated in stages, and the whole thing is televised to the entire nation. Sound familiar?

It’s an opportunity that only comes around once a generation, but America Singer wants nothing to do with it. This is particularly surprising, considering her status as a 5 (also known as the starving artist caste). She’s secretly in love with Aspen, a boy from a lower caste. When s series of events end her up in the castle, she’s in a world of revolving flirtation, fashion, and friendship. She learns that Prince Maxon, isn’t as bad as she expected. Drama ensues…

The plot is a little formulaic, but kind of makes sense because The Bachelor is too. If you’ve watched the show, you will see many familiar situations. America talks about the girls being closer to each other then to the prince. The prince doesn’t listen when the girls try and tell him about the villainous girl left in the competition.  Dresses are ripped and interviews are misconstrued.

Hunger Games fans will also notice many familiarities in The Selection, even though the girls aren’t in a physical fight to the death like some people thought when reading the back cover. An economically unfair caste system, a love triangle, doting attendants, districts, rebel armies and the reality television come to mind. I think it is obvious Cass read the Hunger Games and thought, “I could do this but with the Bachelor instead of Survivor.”

Despite these similarities and inspirations, I don’t view this book as a copycat. I haven’t read a book like this before. I would definitely recommend this book to dystopian fans, and Bachelor viewers. I will say, that I didn’t like the love triangle at all. To me one of the relationships is obviously superior, but I’ll let you read the book yourself to figure out if I’m talking about Maxon or Aspen.

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