A review by aria_
The Selection, by Kiera Cass

  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


I really hated America. She is one of the most awful and frustrating protagonists in any book I have ever read. She is selfish, a complete hypocrite, and really not that interesting a person.

But I still loved the book. If I were to give it ratings based on different aspects, it would go something like this:

10/5 for enjoyment
-10/5 for diversity
3/5 for writing
4/5 for plot
100000/5 for fluff
5/5 for cool worldbuilding/ dystopian society

My two biggest issues with the book?
1. Does this dystopian society have to be so misogynistic? I mean, it just got on my nerves, although I know it's kinda crucial to the plot
2. Where are the lesbian/bi/pan etc. girls who were selected and fell in love with each other? (I mean, statistically speaking, at least one affair like that would have happened, alright.)

What I loved about it?
The Selection has sort of brought me out of a reading slump because of how fun and entertaining it is to read. The second I finished it, I immediately jumped into the second book, which I flew through as well.

And for the characters...
Maxon: oh yes
Aspen: seriously no
Marley: my favorite character
America: why are you the protagonist?
Mai: we deserve more of you darling girl in the book
Queen Amberly: I want the story of your selection
King whatever his name is: you're a jerk and I hate you

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