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Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher: Harper Collins UK, Children’s
Published: June 7th, 2012
In post world war IV the world is a definitely different place. America the country no longer exists, instead it is a kingdom with a very strict caste system. Life is great for the ones, twos and threes, ok for the fours but for the five, six, sevens and eights life gets increasingly harder and hungrier. America Singer is seventeen years old, a five and an accomplished musician – all fives are artists of some kind. She is coerced into entering ‘The Selection’ which is a televised chance to become a princess by marrying the only child of the current King, Prince Maxon. She would much rather marry her secret boyfriend, even though he’s only a six so life would be much harder for her. She, along with thirty four other girls from around the country, is taken to live at the palace, to meet the prince, be properly fed for the first time in her life, have elaborate gowns, maids to help her . . . her life is dramatically changed. In this dystopian world, there are also dangers from rebels, from the other competitors for the Prince’s heart and from her own mixed feelings! To see how it works out you’ll just have to read the book and series!
A different sort of romance with no fairy tale ending in this book but lots of teenage turmoil, terrorist troubles and a perplexing prince. At times I really wanted to shake America (the girl in the story, not the country!) and at others just give her a hug. Prince Maxon is a delightful Prince Charming in his attitude and behaviour. You really need to read what America does to him in the garden when he was only being kind! Some really funny moments in a story that it seems people either totally love or hate. Personally, I enjoyed it and will be interested to find out what happens next and who, if anyone, Prince Maxon chooses!
Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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