The Selection Series by Kiera Cass | Audiobook Review

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The Selection Series by Kiera Cass | Audiobook Review
Title: The Selection
Written by Kiera Cass
Read by Amy Rubinate
Series: The Selection #1
Published by HarperTeen
Publication Date: April 24th 2012
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Los Angeles Public Library
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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 priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But 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 a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the 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.


The Selection Series by Kiera Cass | Audiobook Review
Title: The Elite
Written by Kiera Cass
Read by Amy Rubinate
Series: The Selection #2
Published by HarperTeen
Publication Date: April 23rd 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Los Angeles Public Library
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The Selection began with thirty-five girls.
Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon's heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?

America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want—and America's chance to choose is about to slip away.


The Selection Series by Kiera Cass | Audiobook Review
Title: The One
Written by Kiera Cass
Read by Amy Rubinate
Series: The Selection #3
Published by HarperTeen
Publication Date: May 6th 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Los Angeles Public Library
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The time has come for one winner to be crowned.

When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon's heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she'll have to fight for the future she wants.

My Thoughts

Please note that I am only reviewing the three books (The Selection, The Elite, and The One)

“I hated it but I had to finish it!”

Ah, The Selection series.  Where shall I start?  Perhaps I shall start with how I did not like the series at all BUT I was sucked in and HAD to finish the blasted thing because I hoped, in the end, America would choose Aspen and just hang Maxon?!  So yes, it is that predictable.

I decided to go ahead and review the whole series rather than review each book.  I mean, each book can be summed up with a few words: a love triangle, the bachelorette, stupid uprising, I love the Prince, the prince is so cute, I (America) am so ugly,  yadda, yadda, yadda.

Overall, the series is basically like The Bachelorette, including the petty gaggle of girls and stupid, stupid, stupid bachelor.So yes, I though each book could have been shortened to one book because they felt so repetitive.

As with Twilight, I HAD to finish the series despite not loathing the characters.  I guess it has to do with me hoping that the series would redeem itself in the end?  Well, it didn’t.

For those who haven’t read this series, I will share a little (spoiler ridden) intro.  So read at your own risk.

In dystopian America, now called Illea, the society has now been divided into castes from 1 through 8, one being the Royal family, 8 being the lowest of the low.  This is also a love triangle so if that is not your cup of tea, avoid this book as the love triangle is one of the central plots of the story.  The Selection is a competition based on the lottery of all eligible females to compete with Prince Maxon’s hand to become the Queen of Illea – similar to the Bachelor/Bachelorette.  Initially, the heroine America Singer didn’t want to join in the lottery but her boyfriend (secret boyfriend) Aspen Leger, wanted her to join for their future.  Naturally, our heroine is picked and is part of The Selection.

The story is a little slow in the beginning and nothing really happens throughout the first book.  We read about the pettiness and Mean Girls like attitude of the other girls and also the sickeningly sweetness of some.  And we also get a glimpse of Prince Maxon.

Now, let me start with Maxon.  I really had a hard time liking him at all.  Just because he is a prince, doesn’t mean he is charming!  (Props for the movie, Shrek!)  I really didn’t like him from the get-go.   Naturally, my views regarding him stem from the fickleness that I see in the Bachelor/Bachelorette.  I mean, I really can’t comprehend liking someone who flirts and spends time with other girls while saying that he likes ONLY ME!  At this point, America is still in love with Aspen and doesn’t want to compete in The Selection BUT wants to stay so her family will get money for her presence at the palace.

We also see a change in Maxon where the author tries to redeem him in our eyes.  By allowing the beatings of

America also becomes a symbol for an uprising and I have no idea why.  Presumably, it was because of her radical ideas (which came from Aspen, by the way) and her hardheadedness.  There are also mentions, and in fact parts of palace attacks but it is never mentioned.  All we get is Maxon and America locked in a safe room OR America locked in a safe room.  Honestly, it was at this point that I was gritting my teeth.  For a palace to be well guarded, there seemed to be A LOT of attacks where the rebels were ABLE TO INFILTRATE the palace!  I mean, what the -!  Shouldn’t the palace be well guarded?  And a point, in fact, the rebels really didn’t have a lot of weapons!

As the reasons for the caste system of Illea was revealed, I had another cringe worthy moment.  I couldn’t believe that ONE PERSON could trick the whole country!  So yes, I thought this was implausible.

Despite finishing this series, I still couldn’t find any joy in the books.  I really wanted America to just leave The Selection and go with Aspen!  Seriously, I didn’t think there was any love between Maxon and America.  Because by the third book, Maxon had become pretty condescending and I wanted to smack his face multiple times throughout the three books!

If you want the illusion of going for prince charming then this is the book for you.  But if you are the Shrek type, then I suggest you avoid this book like the plague.

THE AUDIOBOOK

The Selection series is narrated by Amy Rubinate, and I think she had a great impact on me finishing the book.  I really didn’t enjoy the plot as much as I hoped I would but I was able to finish it through Ms. Rubinate’s masterful reading.  I liked the tone that she used and I think it is appropriate for the YA genre.



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  1. […] The Selection by Keira Cass.  In a world where my last name would be based on the skill of my family (e.g. Singer because I am a singer) and teens are forced to join a Bachelor type of competition or live a life of poverty.  Yeah well, I’d rather have all my teeth pulled one by one.  Illea just doesn’t sound like the paradise it led us to believe.  So no.  I probably would defy all laws and fall in love with a guard, rather than the prince. […]