Thirty-five beautiful girls. Thirty-five beautiful rivals…
I have been aware of this series for a long, long time and have just never gotten around to reading it, until now! There is a lot of praise for this book, a huge amount of love for it, will I like it?
Well first of all one thing I do like is the cover, it is beautiful with THAT dress, wow, it does actually remind me of an episode of Firefly in which Kaylee goes to the ball with Captain Reynolds and wears a massive frou-frou dress though nowhere near as nice as this one.
Anyway the cover is very eye-catching but is the inside as good as the outside?
The story features America Singer, a 17 year old who lives in dystopian America, she is chosen to take part in the Selection, a televised contest of 35 different girls, one of which will become the wife of the handsome Prince Maxon.
America is not interested in becoming a princess but for the sake of her family she enters the competition and is shocked to find herself one of the 35.
The Selection is a cross between America's Next Top Model, Big Brother with a sprinkling of the Hunger Games on top. To be honest, the dystopian aspect wasn't really there for me, it is obvious it is set in the future but if you are looking for deep, dark dystopia this is not it.
What it is though is a great look at what happens when you put girls together to win something, we become bitches! Of course a lot of the 35 girls are sweet and innocent, some however are not. There is a lot of dresses and makeup going on, something that America has never really been interested in.
America struck me to begin when she entered the palace as a little annoying, but she is a teenage girl, but I did warm to her as the book progressed, she is a feisty, opinionated young girl as I am sure I was when I was that age and to cut her some slack she is away from her family "battling" to become a princess to secure her families future.
I liked this book, I didn't love it but I am going to go straight in to the next book as it also has high praise and I really do want to see if America becomes a princess!
Thank you to Harper Collins Children's Books for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.