But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself- and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.
I've seen so many reviews for this book. They've been mixed, lots of comparisons to The Hunger Games and the Bachelor reality show. While I can see how people would say that, especially about the Bachelor show, this book was more than that.
First of all, I really enjoyed this book from start to finish. This was an eat it up kind of book for me. I finished it fast and had no desire to stray. (that means I didn't pick up another book while reading it. hee hee)
Oh, and don't you love the cover? I think it's so pretty.
America lives in a land using the caste system. She is a 5 on a scale of 1-8. That's pretty low on the totem pole and she and her family have to work hard to survive. Life isn't easy and it definitely isn't pretty. I found myself enjoying America. She is kind and she thinks about other people. When she makes a mistake, she knows how to apologize.
While Aspen is such a hard working, good looking guy, he really didn't steal the show for me. Well, maybe he did in those heart stopping kissing moments. :) Maxon on the other hand was really the guy I was rooting for. His inexperience and self doubt when it came to the girls was endearing. I know that given the chance that boy will be just as passionate and confident as Aspen. He has all the makings of a great leader. He has compassion and he knows how to listen.
I'm so happy I picked this book up. Yum, yumma, yum yum. I'm really looking forward to the next book!
As for content, there was mild swearing throughout and some steamy kissing.