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The Selection

The Selection - Originally reviewed here.When I read The Selection I kept a few things in mind. One of them was how women were viewed in this Dystopian society of Illea. Although 35 of them are Selected and are quite competitive toward one another, they are valued. Their opinions are valued. The Queen is allowed to give her opinion during important meetings. Even though Prince Maxon is the one who picks the girl he wishes to marry (with the help of advisors and family), he asks for America's help to guide him through the Selection.Although the girls get competitive at different points in the story (read: a little catty), there are times in which they sit down and talk about how it would be much better to just be themselves (authentic) rather than to copy off of what America or Marlee were doing. There is an awesome bit when America and Marlee are talking, when they agree that they see great qualities in each girl and could see every one of them being a successful queen. Sure, there were some that became fairly frightened during the attacks, but they have some part of their personality that shines beyond that. Sidenote: Celeste is a jerk. I would slap her in the face, too. How the caste system is set up is quite interesting. Certain castes are richer than others, and each caste has a skill set that their members must chose from. As in, since America is born as a Five, she has to become an artist (musician). Aspen is a Six, so he cleans houses. There's the 7th and 8th castes, but I'm assuming they are seen as scum of the earth since they were only mentioned as charity cases.The names of people in this novel are rather weird. Well, some of them are normal like Silvia, but then some are a bit confusing. There's a girl named Tuesday, and she's not mentioned much until later in the story, and I thought she was talking about the day of the week. I thought America Singer had a neat story behind it though.ALSO, can I just say? (well yes I can this is my blog duh) May is like America's subconscious. It's like May knows what America truly wants. Or, well, she's the ultimate fangirl in the novel, shipping America/Maxon.Holy mother of baking soda, I really don't like Aspen. I get that he doesn't have much power over his situations, but the way he treats America isn't the way I would want anyone to treat me. I know Maxon said some things that could be considered harsh, they were to assert his power when America was attempting to sway him for personal gain, more than usual, and he was no longer comfortable with that. TLDR: You can be humble and be a prince.Okay, I know this review is a tad long, but one LAST point. I loved the fact that America talks about how she once thought the royal family was very starched up and boring, but now that she has actually been in their presence and gotten to know Maxon, she thinks of them differently. It's that whole "Thinking about people complexly" idea. People-- ahem, celebrities-- are more than what you see on a screen.Some things that I saw as things that I anticipate being answered later in the series: Oral history, what the rebels are looking for, if America will tell Maxon her ~secret,

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