#43 The Selection

The Selection (The Selection #1) Kiera Cass ebook, 208 pages Published April 24th 2012 by Harper Teen My Rate 4/5 star

The Selection (The Selection #1)
Kiera Cass
ebook, 208 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Harper Teen
My Rate 4/5 star

35 Girls, 1 Crown, The Competition of A Lifetime

Synopsis

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.

Oke, dari sinopsinya, sudah terbayang cerita apa yang disuguhkan The Selection?

Ketika membaca sinopsisnya, terbayang bahwa The Selection mengambil konsep kompetisi sekali seumur hidup seperti The Hunger Games. Hanya saja, The Selection menyajikannya dalam rupa The Bachelor dimana 35 perawan dari berbagai provinsi di sebuah negara masa depan bernama Ilea memperebutkan tahta princess bersanding dengan prince of Ilea Prince Maxon. Ilea adalah sebuah negara kerajaan yang terbentuk setelah meletusnya Perang Dunia Ketiga yang mengklasifikasikan rakyatnya ke dalam delapan kasta. Semakin besar angka kasta seseorang, semakin rendah posisinya.

America Singer, seorang gadis dari provinsi Carolina dan berkasta Lima, menjadi satu dari 35 gadis terpilih. Well, kasta Lima adalah rakyat yang berprofesi sebagai artist dan masih tergolong kasta yang miskin. Untuk mengangkat kasta keluarganya dan memastikan mereka tidak lagi kelaparan di waktu-waktu keluarga mereka tidak memiliki pekerjaan serta dengan anjuran Aspen, kekasih gelap yang berkasta dibawahnya, America mau tidak mau bergabung di The Selection.

Demi The Selection, America meninggalkan keluarga dan kekasihnya untuk tinggal di Istana. Bersama 34 gadis lainnya America menikmati kehidupan elegan istana, mendapat pengetahuan yang dibutuhkan untuk menjadi Princess, dan berkesempatan untuk berkencan dengan Prince Maxon. Tidak hanya itu, tiap peserta The Selection memiliki kemungkinan untuk sewaktu-waktu dipulangkan kembali. Belum lagi kondisi tidak menguntungkan terjadi selama The Selection; istana kerajaan Ilea kerap mendapat gangguan dari pemberontak dan sewaktu-waktu hidup para peserta The Selection terancam. Bersama dengan Marlee Tames yang bersahabat dengannya serta Celeste Newsome yang bermusuhan dengannya, America Singer melalui itu semua.

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The Selection termasuk bacaan yang ringan dan berpotensi menjadi bacaan yang unputdownable karena kisah antara America dan Prince Maxon merupakan romance yang sweet berlatar elegan kehidupan kerajaan. Saya memberi empat bintang meski ide cerita The Selection itu mencampurkan The Hunger Games dan The Bachelor yang sudah familiar. Four stars for the sweet and clean romance, the cover, the adorable Prince Maxon, dan the heroine America (including the life of the Singer family).

Lets see, want to know why the heroine here named America?

“..While my mom was pregnant with me, I kicked a lot. She said she had a fighter on her hands, so she named me after the country that fought so hard to keep this land named me after the country that fought so hard to keep this land together. It’s odd, but to her credit, she was right—we’ve been fighting ever since.”

She’s stubborn. Yes, she had that side. She’s smart and kinda mature. She’s just like another strong character heroine in books; kinda away from the feminine figure but surely had charms. Lalu Prince Maxon, he’s born well mannered and gorgeous. Emotionally controlled. Nothing like bad boy type (even though he allowed to) and i love that the most. Yes, he’s born to be adored❤. Lalu Aspen, He’s like Gale in the Hunger Games. Handsome and smart enough but born to be a low caste. But for me, even if he is rather similar to Gale whom i adore in The Hunger Games, i’m not into him. Its not like it matters. Hehhe^^v. About the Singer family, like Katniss from The Hunger Games too, America had a closer relationship to her dad than her mom. And i’m into the Dad-Daughter closeness too, so i love it.

So far i feel that The Selection ini unyu, romancenya berkelas karena berlatar royal family dan yang paling penting menambah daftar adorable boyfriend books character lewat Prince Maxon ^^v. Meski begitu, ceritanya ngga menye-menye galau gitu kok, jadi aman untuk dikonsumsi apadeh😀

wanna give this book a try?

Happy reading~

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