Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The Selection by Kiera Cass
The Selection by Kiera Cass is one of any number of post-apocalyptic teen novels. In Many ways it is like a lighter version of The Hunger Games. America Singer comes from a lower caste in this new world, which came into existence after some wars that apparently destroyed civilization. In this caste system she, like Katniss Everdeen, is oppressed, hungry and powerless to escape her situation. That is until she is selected to be one of 35 girls competing to win the hand of the Prince. This competition is cut throat, not to the death, but we can all guess how brutal it could be with 35 girls competing for one prince. Much of the competition is televised and again, like the Hunger Games, thee is a colorful host of the competition, a love triangle, and lots of rebel activity. There is no doubt that the world created by Cass is heavily influenced by the much meatier Hunger Games trilogy, but if you like your Dystopian fiction with a little fluff, then you will enjoy this book. It is part of a planned trilogy, so perhaps the following books will have a little more heft to them.
Legend by Marie Lu
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal