The Selection by Kiera Cass is basically a dystopian version of The Bachelor set in a future nation on the North American continent.
Singer is a member of the Artisan caste, fairly low in the country's
class system. America is content with her life, though: she gets by
using her vocal talent, and she's in love with a handsome boy from the
caste below hers. When it's announced that the Selection will be held to
find a bride for Prince Maxon, she's not even interested in entering.
She does so because her family, and even her sweetheart, pressure her to
enter -- and because she's sure she won't be chosen. But, of course,
she is chosen, along with thirty-four other girls, to travel to the
palace and try to win the heart of the prince. America is up-front with
him: she's only there for the food (and for the stipend that her family
receives while she is in the competition). But, as they interact with
one another, America and Maxon become friends. Naturally, some of the
other girls are jealous of what they see as America's favored position.
There are dangers from the outside, as well: revolutionaries attack the
palace, and the girls may be in danger of losing their lives, not just
Okay, so it's a little bit reality-show cheesy, and
the reasons for the downfall of the USA and the rise of this extremely
different government are never quite explained. Even the motives of the
revolutionaries are kind of murky. And nobody really believes that
America isn't going to end up with the prince, right? But, despite all
of that, I'll keep on reading, because it's fluffy and fun and a quick
read, and I'm hoping some of the missing details will be filled in over
the course of the next two books.
(Reviewed from a copy borrowed through my library system.)