This weekend I finished the book series called The Selection by Kiera Cass. I recommend it! Here's a quick synopsis. America Singer is chosen as part of The Selection, an event in which the prince of the country meets 35 young women and from which he must choose his future wife. The character development throughout the series is satisfying. America is a strong protagonist, though some of her actions show her young age and naivete`. The relationships are complicated enough to keep things interesting, including those between America and the prince, America and her first love, Aspen, and America and the other girls in The Selection.
It's included in the recent surge of dystopian novels, but it's not as focused on the negative aspects of the society in the same way novels like The Hunger Games or Divergent are. It has more of a romantic theme threaded throughout the story, though the dystopian elements are certainly there. I'd compare it more to the Matched series than The Hunger Games or Divergent. But, it's a good read. One thing that makes a book good for me is if I find myself getting riled up over it. Sometimes it was infuriating because I just wanted to know how it would end and what would become of America, Prince Maxxon, Aspen, and a few of the other characters. But, there were a variety of moments that were funny, intriguing, sad, romantic, and sweet.
The three book series includes The Selection, The Elite, and The One. So, the series is complete. Personally, I hate having to wait for novels in a series to come out! So, this one is a complete series. There are also a couple of novellas called The Prince and The Guard that are told from Prince Maxxon's point of view and Aspen's. But, I haven't read those and can't speak for them. I listened to the audio book, and the narrator is excellent.
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Elizabeth Woodrum is the author of the children's book series, The Maisy Files. She is also a full-time teacher and creator of teaching materials that can be found on Teachers Pay Teachers. This blog is a mix of teaching and author topics.