My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is actually a review for the first three books in the The Selection series. America, a nothing 5 in the caste system of Illya, puts her name in for the selection, a competition to marry the next Prince of Illya. She gets.. ahem… selected to join and leaves her secret boyfriend and family behind. This is a chance to earn some money for her poor family and to, potentially, move up in her world. She will have an elevated caste for even participating.
The idea of a Hunger Games type competition to marry a Prince had me cringing a bit. But this title moved along and I was interested to see where it went. I am glad I continued because books 2 and 3 were more about America’s personal growth and understanding of her complex and unfair world. She learned about the history of the country through banned books and played a major role in educating the equally in-the-dark future King to the inequities outside the plush palace. Books 2 and 3 were highly redeeming. Book 4 is about their daughter and seems to be more romance than I care for.