The Selection

Kiera Cass

Rating: 4.5/5

The Selection-Kiera Cass

America Singer lives in the future, but it’s not anything that is expected. In fact, it is the total opposite. In the caste system, America lives as a six, where artists and singers are the main occupation. Her family of five struggles to put food on the table every night, yet she still has something to look forward to. Aspen. Aspen is 1000 dreams placed into one body, inhuman, extraordinary, yet there is one thing standing in her way. Aspen is a seven, and if they marry, she will become a seven as well. It never crossed her mind that she might apply to be a part of The Selection, however, due to the pressures of her mother and her family’s situation, her heart says to go for it. Throughout the story, America is forced to make decisive decisions that could change her life forever.

Social/Historical context:

As mentioned before, Ms. Singer lives in world where you are restricted from basic human rights depending on the world that you live in. In the book, Kiera Cass drops hints that it is in the future. For example, she mentions the fact that there was a war in America because China attacked them, which conveys to the readers that it was set in the future. Despite the fact that it is set in the future, the setting is not the futuristic, technological, dreamy world than many people expected it to be. Instead, people live as it is the early 1900’s or late 1800’s.

Writing Style:

Kiera Cass writes in Third Person Point of View, which is where the author is not a part of the story, yet still has access to the main character's thoughts. While reading, “The Selection”, by Kiera Cass, I could not put the book down. Her writing style is smooth and easy to follow along with, which is perfect for a late night after finishing hours of work. The words that Ms. Cass used were extravagant, yet simple.

My Thoughts:

Overall, I deeply enjoyed, “The Selection”, for the characters and how relatable it was. Being an athlete, it mimicked how competitive something can get when you really want to win. Of course, many of the characters were over-exaggerated to become more dramatic, but only made the story more intriguing. The beginning and end were extremely exciting, however I found that it got a little dull in the middle of the story. For these reasons, I would rate, “The Selection”, a 4.5 star story.

Book Reviewed By Anna Cumming

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