E–pub The Selection AUTHOR Kiera Cass

The Selection

Kiera Cass ß 6 Free read

NOTE This review was not affected by online drama or controversy Everything I have to say here is based on my own ersonal opinion about the book itself even though I definitely think Cass needs a new Quest for the Golden Arrow publicistNOTE 2 All the captions in the non animatedicture memes were made by me because you know I m just THAT brilliantly witty So PIG/PORK please don t use them without asking myermission first Thanks 35 GIRLS 1 CROWN THE COMPETITION OF A LIFETIME I read this book for one reason To find out why it s a New York Times Best selling series After drinking several beers and banging my head against the wall after reading The Selection I can kinda see why And to be fair it s The Arrival probably not the absolute worst book I ve read I mean there s still that time I read Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini Still it is by no means something that I d recommendI know it might seem like I detested The Selection based on my status updates but to beerfectly honest I haven t had this much fun reading a terrible book since Midnight SunReasons Why This Book is Made of LOLZCharacter names If there s one thing that I just don t understand about The Selection it s why creativity couldn t be used on character names Really I m not asking for much here but America SINGER Character names based on their occupation WHY What s funny is when other characters ask America what she does for a living because THEY HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IT COULD POSSIBLY BEHouse of Mary Sues It might not surprise you that this book is about a super special snowflake but did you know that virtually ALL the characters are just as special The competition in The Selection isn t just about which girl can win Maxon s heart Oh no It s about who s the most special of them all And since most of them are so damn selfless they end up tripping over themselves giving each other compliment after compliment No you re the Die Entdeckung der Langsamkeit prettiest You d make such a great ueen I m nothing but a cardboard cutout excuse for a supporting character giggle I shit you not In fact even Maxon and Aspen are competing too In my hands I hold a royal flush of Mary SuesThe love triangle I almost always dislike love triangles It turns the female character into someone who can only focus on the two boys and becomes a much less interestingerson Her entire story revolves around the boys and which one is the most Summon Up the Blood (Silas Quinn perfect for her In effect she is defined by this love triangle and her story becomes a shipping warI was hoping The Selection wouldn t fall into that trap and was ecstatic that America was leaving Aspen behind when she left to live at thealace But I knew things couldn t be that simple since he eventually shows up at the right fucking moment to add unnecessary romantic tension Because what a coincidence that a Highmountain poor boy who s a glorified custodian would find his way all the way to thealace and a guard right outside America s door WOW It must be fate or Rush Hour perhaps bad writing Let s go with the latterSo now we have both boys back into America s life What s a 16 year old to do Who are you going to choose AmericaNo I m not choosing him or you I m choosing meBullshit America spends majority of the book struggling with who to choose And I would wager that the other books have the very same struggle If there is one thing this book was good at it was itsredictabilityAlso did I mention how America has never had a female friend The explanation for this is that she is always working and was homeschooled But someone she made time to have a steady boyfriend Aspen for 2 years She even mentions his sisters but apparently they aren t friends Even I found it super strange that she mentions that Maxon would have been someone she befriended at home had he been a neighbor So I guess America only had time to make male friends back at home It s after she is forced to be around other females that she makes female friendsthe thing about her she makes female friendsThe thing about her friends is that the only thing they ever talk about is Maxon Though he is a supporting character to America he holds the center of this novel making it complete one dimensional lacking any character depth It s a real shame because the The Voyage of the Dawn Treader premise of The Selection isn t entirely a horrible one But instead Cass sets up alot that is so staged that I couldn t Different Escaping the Competitive Herd possibly take it seriously Supporting characters are weaker to make America seem stronger Supporting character make ridiculous suggestions so America can seem smarter Rebels attack thealace for reasons not expanded on because it has nothing to do with the romance But hey those scenes make America look like a leader so why notWhat really kills me is how America tells Maxon that she just needs time to get over her ex boyfriend but he has no idea it s Aspen the very guard he stationed right outside her bedroom at night And she doesn t seem to have any inclination to tell Maxon either Also Maxon doesn t own a set of ballsLike I said earlier I can sort of see the appeal of this book and I ve been told it s really I can sort of see the appeal of this book and I ve been told it s really among younger readers Two hot boys retty dresses a light and fluffy read There is nothing wrong with these things I occasionally like them in my books as well depending on what kind of mood I m in But I would have liked the novel to be about than just a girl choosing between each guy We know nothing about her beaus outside of how cute they are to America What are their traits strengths morals How do they individually enhance America s life What do these male characters represent on a larger scale How do they even differ The Selection doesn T Even Begin To Touch On Any even begin to touch on any those uestions because the story doesn t actually leave you with any to onder What it does leave you with is a Ans Messer geliefert promise of a love triangle from hell and a sinking sense that the remainder of the series could only be one thing a waste of time Myaperback came with a sneak eek of book 2 and I was very underwhelmed even than I was with The Selection She starts off book 2 with the difficult choice of Maxon or Aspen I think I will spare myselfSo the uestion is Is this book worth a read In my opinion no Alternately there s The Jewel that has a very similar feel but is an overall stronger novel in every ossible way Read that insteadSteph outMore reviews and other fantastical things at Cuddlebuggery I m not so stupid as to believe that you ve completely forgotten about your former boyfriend I know you think there are others here sui. 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 Behind the Beautiful Forevers priceless jewels To live in aalace and compete for the heart of gorg. Ted for me and this life and I wouldn t want you to rush into trying to be happy with any of this I justI just want to know if it s ossible THE SELECTION was one of the best books I have ever read I don t think I uite expected that once I flipped the first The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife, and the Missing Corpse page that I couldn t stop But guess what it happened I am constantly thinking about this book and I am 100% in WOW mode Everything about this book I absolutely loved and I have no freaking clue how I am going to wait than a year for the second book to come out Such tortureTHE SELECTION is a dystopian novel but it didn t seem so much like one to me like a Cinderella story But they have a caste system in this world that goes from one to eight One being very rich and eight being veryoor The Selection gets held for the 聖☆おにいさん 3 prince where out of 35 woman he gets to narrow it down to one girl heicks as his Salvage Stoppard Tom Coast of Utopia Pt 3 princess So notices gets sent to all the girls to the age of 16 to 20 and all the girls go crazy submitting their entries for THE SELECTION Since The Selection started I d been worrying that it was something that was going to ruin my life But in this moment I couldn t think of a time that felt right As for America Singer our heroine of the story who is a five in the caste system she doesn t want anything to do with THE SELECTION Her mother is very needy and begging her because it is a wonderful opportunity Even if you don t get chosen as therincess your life changes forever you will be higher up in the caste system and it would help America s family America doesn t care about any of that though and Summerland plus she has a secret boyfriend Aspen It is sort of forbidden too for her to be with him Later on Aspen feels America should at least try for The Selection and she getsicked as one of 35 girls And some Goodbye Stranger problems happen between Aspen and America before she leaves He leaned in even closer to whisper You say you re here by mistake so I m assuming you don t want to be here Is there anyossibility of you having any sort ofof loving feelings towards me I liked America I felt like she as a very strong heroine And she is very unselfish She is doing THE SELECTION for her family to help them but also she wants some distance from Aspen When we meet Prince Maxon he is everything America thought he wouldn t be he is absolutely swoon worthy I mean come on he is a Plan Your WorkWork Your Plan prince Maxon has very cute ualities that make my heart flutter He has a cute reaction to crying ladies and it is funny I love how he uses the term my dear which America hates Haha Prince Maxon is very sweet and kind and all her wants is to find a girl among the 35 girls that are at hisalace that he could love That girl may end up to be America though But the uestion becomes is America even interested Is she over Aspen yet There seems to be a lot going on between Maxon and America without anything actually happening and it becomes clear in my opinion at least that America does like Maxon but there are things she has to figure out first I wrapped my arms around him resting my head against his chest Maxon seemed both comforted and surprised by the gesture I took only a second for him to wrap his arms securely around me Maxon I m not completely sure what we are but we re definitely than friends No surprise that I like Maxon than Aspen but Aspen definitely has his moments and it makes you feel a little sorry for him But I most definitely want America and Maxon together THE SELECTION was one absolutely amazing and my only complaint would be why this book isn t longer It felt so short I wish the book was like 500 Birders Tales of a Tribe pages long I loved it that much It will be complete torture waiting for the next book in the seriesMore of my reviews at Mystifying Paranormal Reviews I know I know Irobably shouldn t have read this But when a series gets to be this My Anxiety Handbook: Getting Back on Track popular I can t help needing to know why I have friends who LOVED this and friends who HATED it so I had to see for myselfFirstly the names Okay I d already madeeace with America Singer before going into this book I knew that was her name I knew it was silly but whatever it does not maketh or breaketh a book But I didn t know maketh or breaketh a book But I didn t know America Singer was wait it s too good a singer Honestly why did the author think that was a good ideaPeople try to excuse her stupid name with but Katniss Everdeen was a ridiculous name too Yes it was But let s think about how much worse it would have been if she d been Katniss Evergreen local fir treeSecondly this book really is just This book is like those little sachets of Nutella you get as free samples with like a magazine or a acket of Ritz or something in that it s empty calories lite but seriously delicious It s really small and really bad for you and not really that satisfying but shit if you don t enjoy it Because no matter how superior you think your tastes are you will enjoy this Even just on a voyeuristic level You just have to forget all of the stuff you know Like all of it Forget what you learned in civics class and don t you dare remember even one age of that history textbook that your teacher shoved under your nose when you were eleven Don t untangle those headphones don t try to line up the yellow smarties This book is a house of cards Really cool to look at but totally flimsyAnd the controversy is such a shame It s a shame that the creative minds behind this lovably fluffy duck down are the sort to hurl expletives at honest non inflammatory reviewers via Twitter which is literally the weakest way to attack someone because were your reasons so flimsy that they wouldn t fill out than 140 characters attack someone because were your reasons so flimsy that they wouldn t fill out than 140 characters onPersonal shitstorms aside this book has about as much class and substance as its creators but that s isn t to say that it didn t nicely Reason and Revelation in the Middle Ages pad out a two hour train journey from Dundee to Glasgow That commute especially on a Friday lunchtime is a snore Add that to a tiny waif of a story with all of the addictive allure of crack and you ve got two covers that you can turn in one single sittingI m not going to lie to you and say that I didn t havereconceived notions about this one I mean come on The social drama was embarrassing Add that to a name like America Singer and you ve got a character I m expecting to hate But the thing was that I totally didn tI have a bit of a The Woman Next Door problem with those who expect teen girls in YA books to behave like street smart successful thirty year olds with enough life exper. Eous Prince MaxonBut 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 aalace tha. ,
Ience to be able to judge any situation with a clinical and businesslike edge I know I wasn t like that when I was sixteen and neither were you When I was sixteen I fell in love with a supply teacher and thought that having chipped nail Buying a Bride polish made me look edgy America is kind of like me She srobably kind of like you too She s over dramatic and foolishly optimistic and she gets swept up by a single kind action from a cute boy So what She s a teenage girl She s also careful restrained and compassionate She doesn t swallow bullshit like it s Orange Julius She s believable I m not usually a huge fan of the whole I m special because I m Fuglane plain which this whole book does use as a giant smoke screen for its sexism there s the inevitable conversation in which someone says that big groups of girls always means there s snarky bitching and tons of competition which doesn t hang together at all if you look at what iserpetuating this competition Cass gives us commentary on girls and their competitiveness without actually tackling the reasoning behind that which is of course a society whose foundations rely on a lack of camaraderie between women and this idea that in terms of relationships men come firstWho is funding Melowy perpetuating and benefitting from the Selection Maxon who will gain a wife and the king who will solidify his dynasty The ueen is merely there for decoration she says and does nothing of import This book had it not been the Nutella free sample of dystopia in which there s no greatereril than running out of bow tie The Layover pasta and having to resort to lasagne sheets could have been a fantastic allegory for the way in which women compete and areunished for it when in fact it is men and male benefactors specifically who both incite and Play to the End perpetuate said competition We are supposed to hate Celeste because she s our stereotypical heartless mean girl and YA caters only to the insecurities of those who are visuallylain Discovering Gilgamesh placing girls who wear lipstick into a terribly unflattering light and only exacerbating types of girls when in fact Celeste and her desperation to climb the social ladder is a blinding example of what thisatriarchal Crime and Horror in Victorian Literature and Culture Volume II power imbalance between men and women has created in Cass s world That is the idea that male acceptance and maleleasure has infinitely greater value than that of women This idea that men and romance comes first and female friendships threaten that and get her Tackle her Don t let that hussy steal your man He s all that gives you value rememberCalling out all my friends are guys there s less drama because girls are bitches gives me immense satisfaction When I hear that self important special snowflake shit it makes me want to hurl Is that any way to speak about your fellow woman Do you understand the waves that women can make when they work together This book is nowhere near as bad in this area as it could have been but we weren t spared disapproving glances at Bariel s breasts or the constant commentary on Celeste and her ridiculously exaggerated competitive antics Do me a favour and spare me another wasted concept because there s no The Resisters peril to this and because there s noeril the story has no weight None of these girls are being forced to do this There s monetary gain involved but America s family are not exactly begging for scraps are they Why on earth we re watching a middle class girl agonize so deeply over a silly competition that she chose to enter is beyond me What s further beyond me is the whole caste system and why that she chose to enter is beyond me What s further beyond me is the whole caste system and why s even in Enndlins Life place and why this book is a dystopia This could have been a four star read for me had it been set in a high fantasy world maybe in a kingdom called Candy Land where everything was frivolous and silly with an undercurrent of darkness and social instability But let s look at the technicalities of this We have a competition with no negative outcomes that everyone adores except the faceless rebels who lack any realresence and who are The Fixed Stars portrayed as nasty barbarians when in fact what they re rebelling against is fat cats sitting in aalace eating fruitcake while children in the lower castes starve The Hitler and Nazi Germany A History prince for whom they re competing is hot and charming and sweet Goddamn nothing about this is dystopian You might look at theoverty Parabeln und Paradoxe pointedly but is theoverty ever explored in any meaningful way Is there ever any real commentary attached to it NoJesus just add some fucking eril to dystopia But it s light and fluffy It s not meant to be serious You Say Newsflash say Newsflash dystopia a really goddamn serious genre Dystopia is a genre that is built around social commentary Don t you dare come in and fluff up a genre that was created as a latform for authors to offer creative intelligent critiue and discourse on some of the most controversial and Primer on Radiation Oncology Physics: Video Tutorials with Textbook and Problems powerful social issues in the real world Dystopia is a gift dystopian stories can make us bettereople This is not a dystopia It is just sillyHonestly This book could have been so much It could have been Appalachian Abduction powerful and groundbreaking It s not like the writing was anything special in somelaces it s just Inteligência em Concursos: manual de instruções do cérebro para concurseiros e vestibulandos plain bad This book is filled with some of the most unnatural and stilted dialogue I have ever read or that any of the characters even those I liked Maxon was an unexpected favourite of mine even if he is a two faced spineless dingbat grabbed my attention enough to make me give a crap It s just one bigile of wasted No tienes nada ue perder potential And I am so suspicious of authors who say that they write without agenda because one cannot claim to do impossible things Every singleiece of writing in existence has agenda big or small Green Living Can Be Deadly A Blossom Valley Mystery powerful or menial Don t say that you just wanted to write a little light hearted dystopia that nobody should take too much to heart Don t Don t do that Don t do what Lauren DeStefano did when she wrote about rape andolygamy and forced marriage and sex with thirteen year olds and then claimed that there was no social commentary behind it and that she wasn t trying to say anything with her writing The fuck Don t fuck with really serious issues and then try to wriggle out of readers concern or curiosity by claiming that you didn t mean anything by it That s lazy and also sort of insulting All of that said don t be too surprised by my three star rating I m sorry but I couldn t award less to a book that engrossed me so and that was such guilty fun I was absolutely hypnotize. T is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacksThen America meets Prince Maxon Gradually she starts to uestion all the Screwed Up Life of Charlie The Second 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.