Okay, so this review was originally just going to be over the first book of the Selection trilogy (The Selection) by Kiera Cass, but then I finished the second book (The Elite) and I’m not sure how this is going to go.
First off, I LOVE this series! Both books, which are the only two published so far, are wonderfully written. The story is interesting, fun, and unique, although sometimes a bit predictable. The heroine, America Singer, lives in a futuristic US-Canada-Mexico mashup country called Illea. It is run by a monarchy, with castes underneath to determine what kind of job and life the citizens have. There are undertones of rebellion throughout the books, but one cannot help but fall in love with Prince Maxon alongside America. This happens when, through a lottery that might not be so random after all, she is selected to compete in a “Bachelor”-esque competition for the heart of the Prince, which she originally objects to due to her comfort as a lower-middle class citizen, and because of her forbidden love with Aspen, the boy from the caste below her. Here the love triangle is set up, and while I know which boy I want America to end up with, she, as of yet, does not.
The characters are developed well. From America to the King to May, we learn plenty about each of them to understand their actions. From a literary viewpoint, this work was excellently crafted. There is enough suspense to carry the reader through, but not so much it is unbearable or too little so that I wouldn’t care about what happens next.
I definitely recommend reading this series! 5 stars from me.