- Published: New York : HarperTeen, 2012.
- Year Published: 2012
- Edition: 1st ed.
- Description: 327 p. ; 22 cm.
- Language: English
- Format: Book
- Marriage -- Fiction.
- Contests -- Fiction.
- Social classes -- Fiction.
- Princes -- Fiction.
- Love -- Fiction.
- Revolutionaries -- Fiction.
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by Cass, Kiera.
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Call number: Teen Fiction
"Sixteen-year-old America Singer is living in the caste-divided nation of Illea, which formed after the war that destroyed the United States. America is chosen to compete in the Selection--a contest to see which girl can win the heart of Illea's prince--but all she really wants is a chance for a future with her secret love, Aspen, who is a caste below her"-- Provided by publisher.
Overall, I was surprised by the characters. I'm so used to (and tired of) whiny female characters accompanied by idiotic, thick male characters. However, I found this cast of characters likable and realistic. Were they perfect? Nope, but real people aren't supposed to be. Did America always make the best decisions and keep her emotions in check during every second of the book? Nope.
And that's what I liked about it. I appreciated America's perspective and her decisions; even if I wouldn't make the same choices she did, I could easily see other people who would under similar circumstances.
(I also liked the other characters, but since the story is America's, her character is the one you spend the most time with.)
I enjoyed Cass's writing and the world she created. It was a good story and it surprised me-- which is why I appreciate it so much.
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