|Me and author Kiera Cass at the RT Convention|
First: Cover Love! This is in all the reviews for a reason -- it really is a gorgeous cover! Look at it:
I read this book literally in one day. I had to leave my house when I was about 2/3 of the way through, and all I kept thinking about when I was gone was coming back home so I could finish. I saw this described as The Hunger Games meets The Bachelor, and that is pretty accurate. America's descriptions of her prettying up in the palace reminded me a lot of The Hunger Games' Katniss' experiences upon arrival in the Capitol. I really enjoyed America. She was very real -- she was stubborn, she put her foot in her mouth a lot, she made mistakes. She loved her family, she worked hard to right any mistakes she made, and she was honest. She was very real, and I liked that a lot. In the end, it was the fact that she was so real and so honest that determined how she did in the Selection.
I was happy that the interaction between the girls was not all cattiness -- I was afraid it might be, and I am afraid they might try to present it like that on the TV show. But really, I enjoyed the Selected conversations about wanting to be friends with each other and not just see each other as competitors. This was a storyline where you knew what was going to happen while the protagonist did not. But that worked in this case -- I wanted to keep reading because I knew what was going to happen and I was excited and eager to see it happen.
....but it didn't end up quite going down like I thought. And now I have to wait however long for Book #2!!! *flails* Let's hope I can score an ARC of that one.
P.S. Team Maxon!!!
*The signed bookmark....you want? Let me know in the comments and I will choose a random lucky commentor to send it to.