In the month of January I read the first three Selection books (so the original trilogy). I’ve decided to combine them all into 1 review!
1. The Selection
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 a palace and compete for the heart of 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 highly regret waiting so long to read these books! They are so beautiful. The first book was cute and fun. But it also surprised me with lots of action and depth I wasn’t expecting.
Okay, I know I say this for a lot of books, but this one really reminded me of The Hunger Games! Like the plot was different, but the characters and stuff felt similar. America was a lot like Katniss, Maxon was a lot like Peeta, and Aspen was a lot like Gale. Plus all the other selected girls felt like other tributes.
The overall plot was enticing and good. Seriously, I should have read this ages ago! I loved it so much.
As for cleanliness, it was pretty good. The language was minor and infrequent. The content was not bad at all. A few kisses, and some mention of not turning the prince down, no matter what he wanted. But it didn’t get to that. Overall, it was the cleanest of the books and wasn’t very bad at all!
2. The Elite
The Selection began with thirty-five girls.
Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?
America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want—and America’s chance to choose is about to slip away.
This was my absolute FAVORITE of all three books! It was action-packed and adorable and UGh! I loved it so much. I pretty much read the whole book in a day.
Something I really loved about this book was the character development; specifically America’s character development. She grew so much as a character and a person and I absolutely loved it! There were a few moments when she annoyed me… a lot. But we all have our annoying moments, and I think it makes America feel human that way. She doesn’t seem overly perfect who can take on anything and everything perfectly. She feels real.
This book gave me the worst love-hate relationship with Maxon. It was way more love than hate, but there were still a few moments I felt like strangling him… but I didn’t cause I don’t murder and I hope you don’t murder either:)
This book gave me ALL THE FEELS gosh. I felt so many FEELS. It was such an emotional rollercoaster.
This book did use a little more language, but nothing stronger. It was just used a little more frequently. The suggestive content went up a little, too, but just heavier kissing and the sort. Nothing graphic or overly inappropriate.
Overall, this was my favorite book of 2016 so far.
3. The One
The time has come for one winner to be crowned.
When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.
This book was so close to passing The Elite on my favorites list… so close. But, it fell short. The One was so packed full of action and romance.
America and Maxon were so STUPID for most of this book. I was literally shaking my head at them. SO much drama was SO avoidable if they had actually THOUGHT about what they were doing. But I can’t stay mad at them long cause they’re still so cute.
This was a satisfying finish, so I’m interested to read The Heir and see how the story is continued.
This book did have close to an intimate scene, but they didn’t do anything. It is described that they slept in the same bed with only undergarments, but it stopped there. And that scene can be easily skipped. Just skip the end of page 268-(most of) 272. The language was used less frequently, but had one use of the B- word.
So, that’s my review! I gave all these books 5 stars and it is easily one of my favorite series now! If you have any questions about it, feel free to ask:)