The Selection Background

The Selection Background

The Selection is a young adult fiction, dystopian romance novel by The #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Kiera Cass, published by HarperTeen on April 24, 2012. It is the first book in the penta-logy named after the first book " The Selection", followed by "The Elite", then "The One", " The Heir" and "The Crown." In addition, there are four accompanying spin-off novellas released that feature selected characters between and before the novels.

The story sets place after the fourth world war in Iléa, a dystopian country where the society is divided into castes, ranging from ones, the most wealthy and royals, to eight, the orphans, handicapped and unemployable.

The book focuses on the protagonist, America Singer, a five in the caste system (the artist caste, e.g. musicians, dancers etc. ) as she is chosen to participate in a process called "The Selection" in which 35 girls compete for the Prince's hand in marriage and a crown. For the 34 other girls taking part in the competition, the selection is a chance to climb the castes and live a life of "glittering gowns and priceless jewels", but for America, being selected is a nightmare. She struggles to fight her attraction to the Prince in order to maintain her love for Aspen, her secret love, whilst living in a palace constantly threatened by rebels.

Kiera Cass, the author of the series, stated that her inspiration during the development of the storyline was based on the differences between Esther ( from the bible) and Cinderella, which then evolved into the character of America.

The book has received high reviews by many, including MTV and Publisher's Weekly. It has over 648 thousand reviews on Goodreads, with an average of 4.14 stars though 5*. The book has sold over 3.5 million copies worldwide**, in 32 different languages. Warner brothers purchased the film rights for The Selection in 2015***, and might be coming out with a movie.

Fotnotes:

* according to Goodreds: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10507293-the-selection

last checked 30.07.2018

** according to Kiera Cass personal website http://www.kieracass.com/news/

last checked 30.07.2018

*** according to Kiera Cass personal website http://www.kieracass.com/news/

last checked 30.07.2018

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