The Selection Series is by far one of my most favorite book series I have ever read. The series consists of 5 books, and I have read each one four times. Let me tell you a story about how I almost rejected reading the series, solely based on the cover designs and my prejudice about the series.
Basically, in middle school, one of my friends started reading the first book of the series, titled “The Selection”. When I asked her for some book recommendations, as eighth grade was the time I really started getting into reading YA novels, she advised me to read this particular series. At the time, there were only three books in the series, with the fourth one coming out in 2015 and the fifth and final in 2016. Now, at first glance, I immediately assumed that The Selection Series was nothing more but another cringey stereotypical princess story with mushy romance and the story being all flowery and girly, and just NO. Like I wasn’t going to waste my time reading this trash! The covers of the books, although gorgeous (I love the model so much, her name is Audrey Hollister), basically backed up my inaccurate preconceived thoughts of the books.
But, because my friend got all my other friends HOOKED on the books, I thought I would give it a try. My rule at the time was that if I didn’t like the story after the first 50 pages, I would stop, which is, I understood later, a TERRIBLE way to go about trying new books. Seriously, a lot of amazing books are okay in the beginning but are just mind blowing later on. But yes, like my other friends, I became so obsessed with the series that I found myself counting down to the day that the fourth book would be released.
Then the fifth. I just loved the series so much, and I wasn’t ashamed to admit that I had been so WRONG about it.
Alright, onto a brief description of the series. If you like romance but also action in a book, you should definitely try out the series. That’s also the main reason I love this series; there’s CONFLICT, violent I might add (there’s people being murdered in the books?!?!). And BETRAYAL. Yet the love story at its core is sweet and refreshing. It gets you feeling a lot of things.
The first three books of the series are about Prince Maxon who has to host a selection; that is, he has to find a wife. Basically, women from all over his country submit their application to take part in this selection to have a chance of becoming his wife and therefore the queen someday. 30 women are selected and they participate in what is essentially a contest. The point of view is in fact one of the selected women, named America Singer. It might sound kinda weird and cheesy right now, but trust me, there’s a lot more to it that I cannot talk about because it’s mostly spoilers. The five book series spans over two generations, so the last two are now in the point of view of a princess who undergoes her own selection. And, you guessed it, the princess is the daughter of Maxon and the woman he chose during his selection, and we get to undergo the same process in an entirely different perspective, which is super cool.
All in all, an amazing series. At the end of the last book, I actually started crying, because the author Kiera Cass wasn’t going to continue the series. The books are beautifully written and the story will (most likely) break your heart. But it’s so worth it.