Title: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Published April 24th by HarperTeen
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 the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But 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 that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question 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.
I love the show the bachelor, and I love reading YA books... ergo... this book and me, basically a match made in literary heaven. I loved this book, Cass's version of the future United States was actually very interesting, I really enjoyed reading about her version of a caste system and it was really refreshing to read about a futuristic government that wasn't entirely oppressive. When America told Maxon about the starving families in his country he goes to great lengths to help his people. That was very refreshing in a dystopic novel. This book was such a great, quick read. Once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down... seriously I took it everywhere with me. I wanted the sequel the moment I finished the last word.