‘Bachelor’ fans will love ‘The Selection’

Today’s TV series “The Bachelor” meets royalty in a dystopian society romance book called “The Selection” by Kiera Cass. The first book in a series of five begins in a world that has reorganized into a caste system where Ones are the highest and Eights are the lowest ranking groups. America Singer is a 16-year-old girl who is part of the Fives, which means that she is part of the lowest upper class where she is expected to be an artist or musician. America lives in the country of Illéa, which was formed from the remnants of the United States.

America receives a chance of a lifetime when she is invited to take part in the Selection, a competition where 35 girls compete to win Prince Maxon’s heart. She is not excited to be chosen. It means she would need to leave her secret boyfriend, Aspen, to live in the palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks. America’s mom really wants her to apply, and eventually they come to an agreement where America goes to the competition.

The crazy world of Illéan royalty sweeps America up in a whirlwind of activity where she feels really alone and out of place. Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question if the life she’s always dreamed of is comparable to a future she never imagined.

This book is well-written, and the characters are engaging. It is an easy read as the writing flows and the story moves along at a good pace. Much of the book focuses on the romance at the palace, not the dystopian environment. As the first book in the series, I really liked it. It interested me so much that I started the second book right after I finished.

It is really not a surprise that this book has done well commercially as the concept for it is quite similar to the hit TV series, “The Bachelor,” which has been popular for eighteen years. So for all you romance competition fans, pick up this book for a fun time.


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