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Well, folks, that escalated quickly.

I always forget how much I like YA dystopian… until I read YA dystopian and binge it. This happened with Divergent, The Giver, and Scythe – all books I LOVED. So when a trusted friend told me to pick up The Selection and said it was “like a dystopian version of The Bachelor”, I cracked and put a hold on it at the library.

24 hours after my hold came in, and I finished the first book. How, you ask? Audio, and abandoning parental responsibilities (kidding… kind of).

Anyway, without any further ado, here are 4 things I loved about this book:

  • I loved the whole setting – America in the future with all the territories/states renamed. We have Angeles instead of LA, Carolina instead of North and South Carolina, etc. – recognizable still, but different.
  • The “inside look at royalty” was fascinating (in quotes because obviously this is fiction). I loved the talk of their training and their responsibilities.
  • I loved the strength of our main character, America. She was smart, fierce, and changed for nobody.
  • The supporting characters brought so much life to this story – strong supporting characters are underrated, but this one did them perfectly!

One thing I didn’t love about this book:

  • The cliffhanger ending. If you know, you know. But the good news? My library had the second book ready to go.

This book was super engrossing and fun. I’m already 27% through book two. Clearly I have no self control.

3.75/5 stars.

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Published by jennastopreading

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