What’s it About?
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 have read so, so many reviews where people absolutely love this book and series. I thought it was gonna be at least a 3.5-star read.
I didn’t like this at all. The only reason it isn’t a 1-star read is that I was actually, kind-of entertained.
So, let’s start out with the Things I Didn’t Like
America Singer. First of all, what kind of name is America? That’s so weird. I low-key felt embarrassed for her. And also, I didn’t like America. She is SO annoying. She’s absolutely, drop-dead gorgeous, but of course, she doesn’t think so. I hate how there is so much significance on the fact that she’s not like other girls. She talks to her maids, she wears PANTS instead of dresses, she doesn’t want to get married to the Prince. *Me slow-clapping* Well done, America. YOU’RE A SAINT. And also, she’s so hung up over Aspen, even though he made it clear he didn’t like her anymore. She literally says;
“If only I could sit and patch them up for him. That was my great ambition. Not to be Illéa’s princess. To be Aspen’s.”
What an amazing relationship. America’s greatest desire was to patch up Aspen’s clothes.
So I couldn’t tell him. I wouldn’t tell him. Because as mad as I was, I loved Aspen. And I couldn’t bear him being hurt.
God, she’s annoying.
Aspen. So, Aspen was a jerk. He broke up with America because she made more money than him, and because HE is the man, he should be making more money. He didn’t even have much of a personality, he was just a character to complicate things between America and Maxon.
He actually said; “I’m not some charity case, America. I’m a man. I’m supposed to be a provider.”
Talk about toxic masculinity. I can’t believe that he had the nerve to say that, especially after she had just given him some food.
Maxon. I don’t know what it was about him, maybe how he immediately took a liking to America, or maybe because he acted like he was 60 and called all the selected girls “dear”. Or maybe it was just because he said weird things like; “You are all dear to me. It is simply a matter of discovering who shall be the dearest.”
The names. The quirky, Hunger games-esque thing the author was going for just didn’t work. Tuesday, America, Kota, Sosie, Magda, Kamber, Tiny. Yeah, I’m not kidding. There’s a short, small girl named Tiny.
And even the names of the countries. There’s a country called Swendway.
The World-building. Or, more accurately, the lack of it. Y’all, this isn’t a dystopia. It’s a romance with mentions of the history of THE UNITED STATES OF CHINA. That’s the weirdest thing I’ve ever heard. So, from what I’ve figured out, the US got into a lot of debt, so China invaded. But when they got there, they can’t find the money. And some guy comes in and does some stuff and creates a new country, which is the one Maxon and America are living in. So stupid. And there were so many plot-holes and things that don’t make sense. Like how America is supposedly poor but also has a bunch of makeup and nice clothes.
The overused tropes. I read the “Let out a breath I hadn’t realized [person] was holding” so many times. And also, there were so many others, like the overly enthusiastic and bubbly best friend who can’t stand up for herself (Marlee) , the rich, mean girl who wants the MC’s love interest for herself (Celeste).
The lack of diversity and representation. There were 35 selected girls. Not one person of color. And out of those 35 girls, not one wasn’t heterosexual. That makes absolutely no sense.
The Writing. The writing style was awkward and stilted, and made no sense at times, despite the fact it being really juvenile.
The Dialogue. It’s so bad. The selected girls laugh at the stupidest things, and America isn’t any better than them.
“Maybe he wants to know which actors you think are the most handsome. Keep your mental list ready,” I whispered back. Marlee and Ashley both chuckled at that.
Haha. So funny.
Things I Liked:
Hmm. The only thing that didn’t suck was the fact that I was actually partially entertained. So there’s that.
All in all, this was a terrible book. Sorry about all the negativity, but I needed to rant for a while.