So, as I did with Divergent, I waited until the third book of this trilogy was about to be released before I started to read the first book. I didn’t want to be stuck waiting [most likely impatiently] for the release of final book of the series like I am with the Lunar Chronicles. But, lo and behold, it seems all my planning was for naught… because there’s now a FOURTH book! Even though the audiobook for The Selection Stories: The Prince & The Guard had a sneak peek of The One — which it touted as the “thrilling conclusion” to the trilogy — I now have to wait until MAY 2015 to get my hands on The Heir… And I have a sneaking suspicion things won’t even end there since GoodReads lists a 5th (currently unnamed) book. /sigh
So, what’s the big deal about this series? First of all, it’s a dystopian romance. Enough said, right?!? OK. OK! I get that some of you might want to know what sets this apart from the rest of the dystopian romances out there, so I will give a little more background. 🙂 In this dystopian future, the USA no longer exists. In its place, there is now the kingdom of Illéa. When Illéa was formed, a rigid caste system was created — in a supposed effort to bring about order and security. The castes, which range from one [royalty and clergy] to eight [homeless, runaways, etc.], dictate which type of jobs people can hold. Although it is technically possible to get into a better caste by buying your way up, it’s practically impossible for the lower castes to do more than survive. For America Singer [and the other girls participating in The Selection], though, marrying Prince Maxon could mean being instantly transformed to a one. So why, then, would America NOT want to participate in The Selection? This book is like an über version of The Bachelor with a side of uprisings and war… and I just can’t get enough!