The Selection by Kiera Cass
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
ARGH ACK I DON'T WANT ANOTHER SERIES!!!!! *FLAIL*SPASM*TWITCH*
...Now that that's out of my system...
Seriously, I thought this was a stand-alone until I got to the end. Grr! So tired of authors who are completely incapable of wrapping things up!
...Now that THAT'S out of my system...
I really REALLY liked this book. So much so that I really REALLY wanted it to end with the first book. I don't want to have to wait until next year for book two, because this SHOULD have ended here. HERE. Not next year. NOW.
Yet again, my YA gripes have presented themselves. 1: series. 2: I have no idea what ANY of the characters look like. "Beautiful" does not tell us what they look like. 3: Love triangle. Both boys are sexy. Both boys like her. Both boys are complete opposites.
This review isn't very positive, even though I liked the book a lot. That's because I liked the book a lot and wanted to, you know, read the end. The "danger" was introduced very briefly and unsatisfactorily. I never truly feel that anyone is in danger, even if they're hiding in an underground vault, or behind bulletproof curtains. Aspen popping up at the palace was so predictable it was laughable. Of COURSE there's a girl there who's a megabitch and yet gets to stay anyway. Of COURSE Maxon doesn't see that she's a megabitch, because these morons never do.
Note to author: FINISH THE DARN BOOK. I want a conclusion, not a TBC! I get that there's a lot of money to be made on a series, especially for formulaic YA novels, but come on! This is a one-volume book at best.
But really, I liked this a lot, even if it sounds like I didn't. The writing was fun (albeit lacking in real technique), the story was fun (despite its predictability), and the only thing that could have ruined the entire thing for me that I'm really glad didn't happen was megabitch being a spy and turning in Aspen and America (America? Seriously?). I'll probably pick up book 2, and be even more disappointed when it turns into a book 3...and I will continue to perpetuate the cycle... If you don't like waiting for sequels, then just don't read it until next year and you're golden.
Oh and in case anyone's wondering...Team Maxon. Just sayin'.
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