Teen Review: “The Selection” by Kiera Cass
Living in what was once the United States of America is America Singer. In this new country, there is a caste system. America is a five, two from the bottom. This caste is made up of artists, so though America’s family has pleasant work, they still know what it feels like to be hungry. Not only are there castes with royalty, the ones at the top, there is also a tradition of marrying off the male heir to a commoner. This process of finding him a bride is called the Selection. When America gets a letter in the mail telling her she qualifies for the Selection, the possibilities of a comfortable life are just too much for her family to refuse, and what is she supposed to tell them? That she is in love with and prepared to marry a six, living out an even more impoverished life than her current one? After some persuading, America signs up without ever considering her name could be picked, but when she is chosen along with 35 other girls, America’s life changes drastically. She is whisked away to a life of pure comfort and luxury. However, she knows in her heart that she can never fall for the prince who she hardly knows. She just ends up sticking around for the food. Eventually, things start to change and the reasons for her staying start to grow. This was a fun, fast read that I consumed in about a day. It’s a nice romance to get swept up in.