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Series Wrap: ‘The Selection’ series, Kiera Cass

May 26, 2014

Series Wrap is a mini-feature where I sum up what I loved and loathed about a particular series upon completion. The rules are simple: I must have read and reviewed ALL books in said series and the series must be completed by the author. These posts are seperate from reviews.

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About The Selection Series

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.

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Quick Picks

Favourite Character/s: None.
Favourite Pairing/s: None.
Favourite Cover: The Selection.
Favourite Book: The Elite.

Summing Up

Why I liked this series

Quick reads with a light and fluffy plot. What I enjoyed most about these three books was the competition side of things – finding out which girls were staying and which were going. Despite my myriad of problems with the characters and pairings, I was able to get through each book relatively quickly.

Why I disliked this series

I didn’t like any of the characters or the pairings. Maxon/America annoyed me to no end. I’ve never read a more back-and-forth couple and even when they were sort of together, Maxon was kissing the other entrants, calling them ‘sweetheart’ and dating them. I realise this was the nature of the competition, but I just can’t swoon over that sort of relationship. As for Aspen/America? Well considering how much Aspen kept guilt-tripping America, this one bombed for me too.

I just can’t stomach America as a character, so even if both guys were perfect, I wouldn’t want her with either of them. What a hypocrite she was! She hates on Maxon and gets jealous when he spends time with the other entrants, meanwhile she’s skipping of with Aspen for secret nookie in Maxon’s palace. And when she realise she’s in love with Maxon she resolves to never let go over Aspen, either. On top of all this, she keeps so many secrets from the ones she loves.

I had other problems with this series, too. I wasn’t a huge fan of Kiera Cass’s writing style. It felt a little juvenile at times. The characters kept going around in circles, never really advancing or growing up emotionally. Just when I thought America’s whining was over, she was back to wondering if Maxon really cared about her at all. Same situations, different variables. The series never really left that slump despite a three-book journey.

As for the conclusion of the series, it as all a little too convenient to me and the characters never really grew into their own to overcome the problems that had plagued them for three books.

In Conclusion

Would I read this series again? No.
Would I recommend this series? It’s hard to say.
This series in one word: Mediocre.

Individual Reviews

The SelectionThe EliteThe One

Did you read The Selection?
Do you agree with Kiera Cass’ decision to make more Selection books?

6 Comments

  • Reply Eden ( l'âme des mots) May 20, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    Hello !
    I’ve just discovered your website, and I really like it !
    I’m reading the Selection Serie, and I totally agree with you about the characters : I can’t anderstand how Maxon can say he loves America, and kiss Kriss or another girl afterwards ! And America isn’t loyal at all!
    I don’t like the Kiera Cass’s writing style either. She always uses the same words/expressions. But, despite all these defects, I think it’s a good serie to relax, or for holidays.

    sorry if i made mistakes, I’m French :)
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  • Reply Tina June 6, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    This book is on my to read next list… but the list is a long list already and I’m not even done with the two books I’m reading now. Lol it looks like a good book; I was always unsure about it because everybody kept calling it a “science fiction” and those books just throw me off, so that’s why this book kept getting pushed back further and further, but now I might think about moving it up the list. Thanks :D
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  • Reply Kelly May 27, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Love this feature! I remember reading book one and really enjoyed it, thinking it was leading to a revolution type scenario. But how quickly did it turn into the Bachelor? It was one of my guilty pleasures, I had to keep reading to see who she ended up with. Maxon let me down though, I thought he would have grown a pair by book three. Sigh.

    Awesome recap Brit. Hope to see more series wrap ups on here :)
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  • Reply Ebony @ Paperbacks & Protagonists May 26, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Thanks for the overview! I’ve been reluctant to start the series as I’ve heard that the protagonist is rather annoying. However, I just picked up The Selection from the library, so I’m interested in finding out what I think of it. Thanks for sharing your reasons as to why you liked and disliked it!
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