Sunday, 21 February 2016

The Selection by Keira Cass

The Selection (The Selection, #1)The Selection by Kiera Cass

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

"No, I’m not choosing him or you. I’m choosing me."

When I looked at the cover, the zeal to read it was so strong that I refused to listen to anyone. I did some book research of my own, and it was inevitable to let it go when 93% of people liked it. The cover was a sycophantic picture forcing me to get the book and read. In spite of reading so many negative reviews, I refused to be warned by them, failing to see that a intriguing description and beautiful cover will not make the book the best, thereby digging my own grave.

I know, I know: I'm an idiot for falling for that cover. But tell me, who can resist that magnificent picture in the front.

"True love is usually the most inconvenient kind."

America Singer was among the 35 beautiful girls selected to win Prince Maxon's heart. Albeit to most it is a boon, to America, it is a bane. She is in love with another idiot guy, Aspen, and fails to see what Maxon has; why should she ditch Aspen for a total stranger she is forced to love? When the fight for the heir of the throne begins, America finds herself in turmoil - Aspen or Maxon? This, I've got to admit, is indeed a compelling concept, yet silly.

“It's always the fear of looking stupid that stops you from being awesome.”

Well, candidly speaking, the plot is both intriguing yet asinine. Prince Maxon is coming of age, and hence hosted a selection where 35 beautiful girls compete to earn the love of Maxon and become the next queen. This is also a good opportunity for America's family as if America wins, she not only gets to become the Queen, but also raise the caste of her family, who are a stone's throw away from bottom. The plan is good, in my opinion, but I find it rather absurd. Firstly, I believe that Maxon should find his girl by listening to his heart. What if he likes none of the thirty-five? Also, who knows there might be a girl much better and more of his taste, but was not selection? Secondly, America is forced into this by her family and guess who - her boyfriend! Honestly, it sounds more like he wants her to go away with some other man Prince. Thirdly, doesn't this sound familiar? I'm not able to recall it..... What was it????? Something about a girl named after a flower forced to participate in a game where she must kill others in order to survive..... I know! The Hunger Games! The plot does correspond with each other! Now let me brief you with the flaws.

“America Singer, one day you will fall asleep in my arms every night. And you'll wake up to my kisses every morning.”

The names:
In this world, there are so many names: if so keen, so many Christian names. Out of all these names, the author has to name her infallible protagonist after a continent. Does anyone else besides me find it ludicrous? Her surname is 'Singer'. Surprisingly, America is a good singer, so the author has veritably named her. Who told Cass that was thoughtful? I'll give you a list: Avery, Amy, Annie, Ashley, Amber, Audrey. If you want it to start and end with the letter 'a', I can still provide you a name which isn't after a continent or country: Amelia, Ariana, Alexandra, Aria, Alicia, Amanda. Want to get creative? Name them after different countries. We can have Britain, Australia, Greece, India, China, Japan, Germany, Russia as characters of a young-adult book. It will be more fun when they crown the person Maxon chose.

Move on - her boyfriend is named 'Aspen'. Named Aspen after uh... umm... a tree! Boy, this picture will never get out of my mind. Since I suggested a couple of names for a female protagonist, why not suggest some for her insouciant alleged boyfriend. There is Alvin, Alexander, Aaron, Aiden, Allen etc. These are names starting with 'a'. There are so many wonderful names. Aspen?

Immaculate characteristics of the protagonist. Why bother working with character development? Just make an impeccable protagonist and write a love triangle. Not a good idea Cass. We don't want a self-centred protagonist.
"Please don't call me gorgeous. First my mom, then May, now you. It's getting on my nerves." By the way Aspen was looking at me, I could tell I wasn't helping my "I'm not pretty" case.
Apparently, beauty kills. Especially when it comes to blatant beauty.

“I can’t help it." I sighed. "One can never help being born into perfection."

Jejune dialogues:
If the author was trying to give some nice quotes about reality, well, face reality; face the fact that this is not worth it. Face the fact that the writing is all messed up.
"I hope you find someone you can't live without. I really do. And I hope you never have to know what it's like to have to try and live without them."
What's with this girl? Why is she finding a fault with such a quote? Honestly, bae, the only person who can write worse than this is me. The speaker just keeps hoping for something to happen and not happen. Deal with your own problems. Such people just try to earn the sympathy of others. No, no, no! I don't want to read anymore of these absurd dialogues.

“I should have known that if any girl was going to disobey an order, it would be you.”

Poorly written; strange instances:
I'd advice the author to take one more look at the book. Technically, America is supposed to be poor - I'm afraid I can't blabber the trash she said to try to convince us that she is poor. Finally, we see America with a room of her own, a television, and a refrigerator as well. Here's a fact: my family is middle-class, so we are neither poor nor rich, but we can afford our basic requirements. However, our darling Miss Immaculate Indigent is apparently ahead of us, since she has her own room while my brother and I share the same room! Don't even get me started about the refrigerator! Oh, and wait! Did I mention China. (view spoiler)

“I guessed princesses-in-training didn’t wear pants.”

Very bad beginning:
I know this particular topic should be addressed in the beginning of my review, because it's the.... um..... beginning.... but this was so irrational that it deserves a place in the last. Face the fact, Hallie, the story begins like this:
"When we got the letter in the post, my mother was ecstatic. She had already decided that all our problems were solved, gone forever. The big hitch in her brilliant plan was me."
Alright, what should I do to get the fact that you will not necessarily win! You cannot bribe the prince and make you win, nor can America do that because she *was supposed to have no money and was poor*. How on earth can you decide whether it is the rope thrown at them to get them about of the pit?!! The other end could be loose, too. You cannot decide for yourself whether all your problems are solved until the end - even if you are confident you will win.

Now, I've got better work than reading more of this asinine series. However, I assure you, I'd never recommend this book to anyone.

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