The Selection Series

The Selection Series by Kiera Cass

Hi y'all---Ashley here. It's been a while since I last posted. Moving across the country can throw one's life a little out of balance. But I wanted to jot down some thoughts about a series I recently finished reading. You'll probably recognize the covers; they are gorgeous.
America Singer lives in a post-apocalyptic United States. Her society is divided into castes, and her family is near the bottom, though one caste higher than the love of her life, a close neighbor named Aspen. They meet secretly, because any kind of relationship outside of marriage is forbidden. If they did marry, America would be brought down a caste to Aspen's level, a fact she tries not to care about but which Aspen can't forget. When a nationwide Selection is announced, he makes America enter---a selection that will choose 35 candidates from across the country to compete for Prince Maxon's hand in marriage. When America is chosen to be one of the 35, she has to work through her secret feelings for Aspen, who eventually joins her at the palace as a guard, further complicating her situation, while she gets to know and fall in love with the prince.

So yes, it's the typical love triangle, girl + two boys. And throw into the mix a restless citizenry and two groups of rebels attacking the palace for their own agendas to add a bit of action and mystery and suspense. I told Alysa, I loved reading these books like I love eating a good cotton candy every now and then. Kinda fluffy and sweet and addictive. I wished there had been more to the rebel groups, but the main focus was on America and Maxon. The ending is a little too tidy and predictable. And I wished America would stop throwing tantrums and storming out of the room in a huff instead of talking through problems. But truly, the whole series was, nonetheless, very enjoyable. If you're looking for a fun and light and flirty group of books, look no further. If you want something with a little more gravitas, look somewhere else! :)
*note from Alysa: The first book costs $5.23 at Barnes and Noble right now!
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Happy Reading!


  1. Ashley, Thanks for your review. I am in serious need of some light summer reading. Since we don't have much of a local library, I will have to purchase. Anything I purchase will probably be read by multiple readers at my house, including my 11 year old daughter. So here is my question: is the romance too heavy/mushy for her age?

    Regarding the purchase. I am tempted to buy from Barnes and Noble just so you will get your commission because that is cheaper than Amazon right now. But the kindle version is only $2.99 and my bookshelf space is getting pretty tight again. :) hmm. can't decide.

    1. Well, for what it is worth, I am pretty sure I get a commission if you shop through that link (or others on Everead) regardless of what you end up purchasing. Just FYI. :)

      Philanthropy idea: Buy it, then give it to the library to shelve!

      I love you, mom.

  2. Okay, so the first book, when America is meeting with Aspen secretly in the tree house, I'm remembering some descriptive heavy making out---enough of it that I put the book down and returned it to the library at first, afraid that if that was how the series was going to start, it'd only get worse from there. I heard from others that that was as heavy as it got, though, so I gave the book another chance and found that yes, that was as heavy as the whole book, and the whole series got. So ... I don't think the beginning of that first book would suit your 10-year-old daughter. It's not as hot and heavy as the Twilight series could be at times. But it made me blush enough that I thought the series was doomed. I was glad to be wrong. I hope that's helpful!


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