One of my students recommended this series to me, so I had to give it a go. I got a copy of The Selection, by Kiera Cass, audiobook from the library and started it right away. I was beyond hooked right away. And, I ended up finishing the first book in less than a day.
Confession: I may have found some extra cleaning to do around the house, just to keep listening!
Immediately after finishing The Selection (or maybe it was right before I finished it), I checked out The Elite and The One audiobooks. Thankfully, they were both available! I started The Elite right away, I just had to know what happened next! I may or may not have finished The Elite AND The One on the same day…then, I checked out The Heir, and The Crown (Prince Maxon’s daughter, Eadlyn, is the main character) along with the other spinoff stories. I finished both of these books yesterday and today, respectively. And, I’m planning to start the extra stories sometime soon.
To recap, I finished all 5 books in 8 days!
Most of the time, my audiobook time is just commute time. This time, I spent some of the time cleaning and putzing around the house, playing games on my phone, and doing some mindless tasks on my computer.
The story itself is fairly simple. Another dystopian society–in this one there is a caste system, and America is a lowly 5 (out of 8). She enters the selection, a lottery system to find an eligible bride for the prince. She is selected, and joins 34 other girls at the palace for a whirlwind adventure. But, secretly, she’s in love with her friend Aspen (even lower, as a 6), vastly complicating matters as she gets to know Prince Maxon and the other girls.
Honestly, the story is fairly predictable, and obstacles come at regular intervals. I could be critical of the seemingly formulaic and overdone dystopian theme, but this was exactly what I needed right now. I appreciated that this series drew me in, got my mind off of external stresses, and transported me into a magical and royal world.