Thursday, September 11, 2014

THE SELECTION by Kiera Cass | Read Log

Hello people of the internet,

Sometime in the past, I saw Indra saying that regretted starting The Selection trilogy by Kiera Cass and after the first installment, she just gave up. Taking that indirect advice, I laid off of it. When the third and last book came out, I just somehow downloaded the whole trilogy on audio and started listening. You know what was Indra's comment when I logged by first update on Goodreads? She said "Noooooo! Why would you bother with this book????". (Yes, I hunted down the actual comment on Goodreads to write that up.)

Thought I would do a video on the trilogy once I finish them. (seemed a bit too excessive to do one on each of them) But I am not going to do a video. So, I am writing a blog about it. Here is what I thought about the series. I hope you'd enjoy.

Book One : The Selection

First thing is first, the protagonist's name is America. Are you kidding me??? The need to have the readers, who are mostly American young girls, like her is so overly done that it's borderline irritating.

Second, when you're a singer and you know that you've got a talent, no amount of suppression is going to eliminate that self-value and ego from an artist. So the character building seemed off hand. Almost like Bella from Twilight Saga is described to be so smart but her actions prove otherwise. In fact, America and Bella are the same in this way. Fake characters no matter how natural and down-to-earth they are written up to be.

Three - What kind of dumb idea is that to construct regal system from the ash way down the future. It's just too costly and the society is messed up in that sense. (Well, at least I agree with the main character on it. But for quite different reasons.) 

Book Two : The Elite

At least that crazy house of thirty-something girls (I can't even remember how many there were) is reduced to six now. Now everything is going to be at least smarter and less of a hustle. Well, dream on.

Having a drama between two men is understandable. Having that between a prince and a royal guard??? What kind of fairy tale is that? Who gives a sh*t?

Don't even get me started on the differences of the rebels. Southern and Northern. If what was left from any attack can be picked up by a suppressed, oblivious prince, any professional already had got the gist of it. Also, Southern and Northern are just very derivative name for groups of activist.

Moreover, there is the issue of diplomacy. If the Germany and Italian delegates were so important (which they completely are and should be), the protocol issues have to be handled with trained professionals - not a couple of teenage girls who knows nothing about history of their own county for crying out loud. Thus, illogical reality, AGAIN.

Book Three : The One

Make up your mind America. If it has to take a prince to convince you that you're worthy of being a princess, you're not worth it. Well, when the royal family is in charge of running the country - not like a parliamentary constitutional monarchy like United Kingdom. You're literally caring the day-to-day lives of your subjects. A royal family member of that kind of system has to be simply... better.

A prince goes out on a suicide mission with a-soon-to-be-a-princess guarded by only 2 guards. I don't care how good they are, they are outnumbered. Simple routine. And one of them was with the guard less than ... a year? *illogical captain strikes again*

OVERALL : 2 STARS just for the heck of it.
VERDICT : DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME. You're right, Indra.

I hope the negative sentiment and my spoilers ruined any possibility of you ever reading these horrid books. And if you've already read it, I feel you bro/sis. If you actually liked it, go pick up The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

Best,
Anu