“The Selection” by Kiera Cass is about America Singer who is from the fifth of eight castes.
America receives the opportunity to become the princess of Illea. When she learns that she has been selected to participate, she finds it a curse because it will mean leaving her family. She will also have to leave Aspen for whom she has developed feelings.
When America reaches the palace, she meets the other competitors and the royal family.
On the first night, America goes out to the garden where she meets Prince Maxon who may possibly become her husband. America tells him that she is only there for the food and money.
America and Maxon agree to be friends who will help each other. Maxon agrees to keep her in the contest as long as he can and America agrees to help him pick out the girls who will be good for him.
Maxon and America become close and Maxon begins to fall in love with her. Slowly, but surely, America starts to fall in love with him as well.
Will America be the one Maxon chooses or will she end up going back to a higher caste Aspen?
Readers will want to finish the first book and read the next book “The Elite” to see if America will choose Maxon or will return to Aspen.
“The Selection” is recommended for ages 13 to 17 years old because of some violence and inappropriate scenes.