Yes, my obsession with all things YA Dystopian continues. As I've mentioned before, LOVED the Hunger Games, LOVED Divergent, enjoyed Delirium, but I had some reservations for young readers, meh on Matched, although the covers are gorgeous. And speaking of gorgeous covers, drum roll please...
And I'm just getting started. The Selection brings
to mind classic stories like Cinderella and Queen Esther, but is set in
a dystopian future. Of all the series I've mentioned so far, this one
wins for best romance. Despite the dystopian caste system and civil
unrest, it is for the most part a romantic and at times even comical
read. Our heroine, America Singer, is one of a group of thirty-five
normal girls chosen as a potential wife for the handsome Prince Maxton.
Problem is, she already has a secret love from a lower caste. The
dystopian elements are not the strongest, even a little cheesy at times.
The caste system seems a bit illogical, but maybe that's part of the
point. And the northern and southern rebels are hazy, hokey, and not
terribly believable. But...the love story is awesome! Author Kiera Cass
has a light, breezy style that is sure to keep you reading. Now for more
In book two, The Elite, America
has made the cut to the top six girls. She has come to truly like and
admire Prince Maxton, but meanwhile, she discovers more about the warped
political system surrounding her. Can she ever picture herself as a
queen? Then comes...
Let's face it, this series is worth reading for the exquisite gowns alone. Unlike many of the other dystopian series, book 3, The One, is
just as good as (if not better than) the other books. The dystopian
elements finally become clearer and more believable. The climax to the
series is exciting and full of twists and turns. And for once, YES!!!, a
happy ending full of light and hope.
As for younger
readers, this series is very appropriate for teens. The books are safely
PG, and there is nothing I need to warn you about beyond some steamy
kissing scenes. Unlike some of the other dystopian books, there is no
dark, psychological trauma. I felt it offered good lessons about what is
truly important in love, life, and friendship. Some adults might find
the heroine a little young for their tastes, but if you enjoy a good
fairy tale, I doubt you'll mind.
I can't really put this series in the same category as Hunger Games and Divergent. It's a little silly in comparison. But if you would enjoy reading "dystopian lite" with lots of romance, then I say go for it.