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by Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #2
Release Date: April 23, 2013
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This book is, by no means, a great work of literature that will forever be remembered. But it IS a perfect summer read because it’s light, fluffy, but interesting at the same time. I really enjoyed this story. The writing was kind of meh in the beginning but then I started to really like it. Sometimes the descriptions or events weren’t written very well, but I’ll cut Kiera Cass a bit of slack. There was a ton of conflict and drama in this book and I couldn’t help but be completely riveted by it, even though I am STRONGLY Team Maxon (I despise
I liked the twists and turns, and the staging, for the most part, even
though there was one really bad event that was staged. But, ignoring that, I thought the story line
was really good. [SPOILER: Also some of America’s decisions were really
stupid (like the big one at the end where she proposes to eliminate the casts,
which, honestly, I thought was a good idea) and then acts surprised when
exactly what she wnted to happen happens.
Also I found it kind of annoying that every time America opened that diary and read
it just HAPPENED to be something that helped the story line and the staging.] To
add to that, some of the things in this book weren’t exactly consistent. Let me get this straight: America lives in a futuristic,
dystopian world that has a king, queen, prince/princess, and you have to wear
ball gowns and be eloquent…yet you have DJs.
I found that absolutely hilarious, but very interesting and cool at the same
time because you don’t see that combination very often. Or ever.
I absolutely LOVED the ending and how everything was cleared up
love-triangle wise, and I have very high expectations for the final book.
[MINOR SPOILERS IN THIS SECTION: One thing that I noticed and felt like I had to mention was the similarity of this book to The Hunger Games. You guys are probably thinking, “What the hell are you talking about?! The Hunger Games is about 24 kids fighting to the death, and this book is about 35 girls trying to win a prince’s heart.” But let me explain.
First off, both books are dystopians, and there is a love triangle. There is a competition where people are eliminated (yes, in this book they’re just sent home, not killed). But then you get more in depth. In both books there is an uprising, and also there are Casts, otherwise known as Districts in The Hunger Games. Then you have the Selected, otherwise known as Tributes (even though the methods for picking are different if I remember correctly). Then you have the love triangle. In The Selection, you have Maxon and
Aspen. In The Hunger Games, you have Peeta and
Gale. Maxon is basically Peeta, and Aspen is basically Gale.
Maxon and Peeta are both pampered, aren’t used to hard work, and have a better standing in society. I also found both very weak and sometimes annoying (Peeta for all the Hunge Games books, but Maxon only for The Selection. Also, Katniss didn’t really notice Peeta until the Hunger Games, just like
didn’t really notice Maxon until the Selection.
And then, for the grand finale (and I literally laughed at this one) there is a part of the world in The Elite that is called Panama, not at all to be confused with The Hunger Games setting, Panem. Spelled differently, but pronounced basically the same way (minus the “aa” sound at the end). I thought that was hilarious. ]
Now we get to the characters. First off, let me just set the record straight. I am 100000000% Team Maxon for life! I hate
with a passion (seriously, the dude’s a jerk) and I honestly don’t know why
there is even any question which one America should pick. But anyway.
[SPOILER: I don’t think there’s
really going to be a love triangle with America,
Maxon, and Aspen in the third book because the
ending of this book kind of hinted that America was going to fight for
Maxon. So I’m guessing there’s going to
be a love triangle between , Kriss,
and possibly Celeste. Interesting. ]
Just like in The Selection, I really liked Maxon,
America America. Usually that doesn’t really happen for me in
love triangles, but I really liked her strength, spunk, and attitude. [SPOILER:
Plus, anytime I can feel myself kind of starting to dislike her I just think
back to how she kneed Maxon in the groin in the first book and I love her again
lol. I like Maxon, I just think it was
hilarious that she did that and Maxon still loves her. ] I also like Maxon. What should their ship name be? Hmmm…maybe Amaxon. Yes, I like that very much lol. Anyway, Maxon really grew on me in this book. I remember thinking he was weak and all in
the first book, but after the ending of this book I really respected him and
thought he was a strong character. [SPOILER: Even though it really annoyed
me that he was running around making out with all the other girls when he loved
America. And I know he had an excuse, but it was a
really shitty one. ] Should I even waste my time talking about Aspen? After what he did to America in the
first book I’ve despised him, and I have no intention of changing my mind. I SHIP AMAXON FOREVER AND EVER!
Seriously, the endings of these books are killing me. Both have been huge cliffhangers, but I think The Selection’s ending was more killer that this one. This one made me really happy because I like the direction I would imagine it’s going. GO AMAXON!
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