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The Selection by: Kiera Cass

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Sara Matthews

on 8 December 2014

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Transcript of The Selection by: Kiera Cass

Themes Represented
Praise for
The Selection
Loyalty to Family
Social Class
“A cross between
The Hunger Games
(minus the bloodsport) and
The Bachelor
(minus the bloodsport), this trilogy launch is a lot of fun. Cass deftly builds the chemistry between America and Maxon, while stoking the embers of America’s first, forbidden love.”
- Publishers Weekly

“Reality T.V. meets dystopian fairy tale in Kiera Cass’s delightful debut. Charming, captivating, and filled with just the right amount of swoon!”
-Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of the Paranormalcy trilogy

“Cass’s immensely readable debut novel is a less drastic
Hunger Games
, with elaborate fashion and trappings. The fast-paced action will have readers gasping for the upcoming sequel.”

“An engrossing tale reminiscent of Shannon Hale’s
Princess Academy
and Ally Condie’s
. Fairy-tale lovers will lose themselves in America’s alternate reality and wish that the next glamorous sequel were waiting for them.”
- School Library Journal
Monday, November 17, 2321
Vol XCIII, No. 311
America Singer enters the Selection!
Author's Inspiration
The Selection

Kiera Cass

America Singer smiles as she gets her photo taken for the Selection application.
Major Characters:
America Singer, the main character, is chosen to compete for the heart of Prince Maxon in a televised competition known as the Selection.
Maxon Schreave is the prince of Illéa and will become king once he finds a wife.
Aspen Leger was previously America's secret boyfriend before she enters the Selection.
Minor Characters:
Marlee Tames is one of the contestants in the Selection and is America's best friend.
Celeste Newsome, another contestant in the Selection, is selfish and won't let anything stop her from getting the crown.
Lucy, Anne, and Mary are America's servants at the palace but quickly become more like sisters to her.
Backdrop for a Modern Fairytale
The Selection
takes place in the caste-divided nation of Illéa. It was formerly known as the United States, which was destroyed after the fourth World War. The story is set approximately 300 years in the future. Most of the novel is located at a palace in the province of Angeles.
The palace where the king and queen of Illéa live and where the Selection takes place.
Sara Matthews
"You don't just leave your family. Sticking together... it's the only way to survive."
-America Singer
"You deserve to be loved. And I hope you get to marry for love and not a number."
-Shalom Singer
In my experience, true love is usually the most inconvenient kind.
-America Singer
Marlee Tames, another competitor, becomes close friends with America.
A tiara is associated with being a princess. A princess is in the highest caste.
The Selection seemed like a rope, something sure I could grab onto. That stupid letter could lift me out of the darkness, and I could pull my family along with me.
-America Singer
While my mom was pregnant with me, I kicked a lot. She said she had a fighter on her hands, so she named me after the country that fought so hard to keep this land together. It's odd but to her credit, she was right— we've been fighting ever since.
-America Singer
The songbird necklace America treasures from her father.
America uses the money she earns from being in the Selection to provide for her family.
America loves and cares for Aspen because of who he is as a person, not his caste.
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