Genre: Realistic fiction/Futuristic fiction
# of pages: 327
America Singer is a 5 on a caste system where 1 is the royal family, 2s and 3s are the wealthy and powerful, and 5s are the artists of the world. She is secretly meeting with Aspen, the neighbor boy who is a 6. Girls almost never marry below their station because they then become that station. One day the palace announces that Prince Maxon is ready to marry and begins The Selection. Any girl between the ages of 16 and 20 in any province can fill out an application to be entered into a random drawing for The Testing. One girl from each of the 35 provinces will be chosen to move to the palace in order to be considered as the country’s next princess. America does not want to do this because she plans to marry Aspen, but when she tells him that her mother is pressuring her he encourages it so that he will never feel responsible for her missing out on something great. To everyone’s shock, America is chosen and must move to the palace. Does she try to become a princess where she might be able to make some real changes that could benefit people lower on the caste? Does she refuse to go and announce she is marrying Aspen?
This book crosses The Hunger Games with The Bachelor. America is a fun, modern girl with goals and aspirations that have nothing to do with her two suitors, but they are fun as well. There is a lot of political turmoil that she is not expecting and the relationship she begins with Maxon is very different from anyone else’s. The cast of characters is very intriguing and vibrant and despite the number you really do get to know several of these girls as people. As part of a trilogy, the story holds up well through to the end and America never compromises herself for a man or a crown. Recommended.