I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Selection by Jayne Faith, Christine Castle
Series: Sapient Salvation #1
Published by the author (self-published) on October 16th 2015
Genres: Science fiction, Dystopia, Young Adult
Source: ARC from publisher
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Twice a year, the alien Lord Toric demands a selection of human women between the ages of 18 and 20 to compete in the Tournament of the Offered for a place in his harem. Maya must get through just one more selection and then she can marry the man of her dreams. She should have been safe, but when a young woman who was supposed to compete dies the day of the selection, Maya is forced into the Tournament.
Now she must compete against women who have been training for the Tournament for years to hone their skills of poise, charm, cunning, and seduction. And there is only one winner in the Tournament. The losers will be sacrificed.
Thrown into the fight of her life with no preparation, Maya must shed her innocence and win Lord Toric’s favor. Will she survive the first round, or will she pay the ultimate price for her inexperience?
I really liked this! Despite the obvious Hunger Games parallels, it really does feel like a different book, equally entertaining. Yes, it has the potential to be very well-received.
For some reason I feel like I would better be able to review this book in list form.
+The world-building was sublime. We weren’t given too much time on Earthenfell but I found it very easy to visualize both it and Calisto. I really want to visit Calisto. It seems fascinating, and I’m intrigued by the idea of a race of people who are near-identical to humans but evolved slightly differently, like in the way of height and skin color. I really want to see that.
+Maya was a great main character. Even though she is innocent and according to herself does not possess many talents, she is still very brave and at times bold. What I really love is her bond with her twin and mother. Family is really emphasized here, for the little time it is allowed. I found it easy to care about her from the beginning. And her twin Lana is just so sweet.
+I liked the fact that though there were a few relationship opportunities here and there, Maya was never one to rush into things or act on things she didn’t really feel. She wasn’t dishonest with herself (after the first incident of the book). She wasn’t foolish. She was very smart about how to handle herself with people in general, including friends and people she needed to respect (most of the time). However, it was a bit frustrating with all that tension throughout the book leading up to a tiny passionate moment at the end. It felt appropriate and I was not really unsatisfied but still…I can dream, can’t I? Haha.
+The plot was interesting. Of course it’s bigger than the whole Tournament. It always is, isn’t it? But I liked the idea of aliens fighting space battles for them. That idea intrigues me. Along with prophecies and their weird technology contrasting with their scary devotion to these sacred texts…it’s like future new-age space junk mixed with heavy religious reliance. It’s actually really funny when you think about it. But what’s cool is that it’s not really about the Tournament at all, except for Maya’s survival. It’s more about the politics outside of that and how the outcome will affect everyone. However, it is as cruel as you can imagine.
It felt like a very short book so naturally I want to read more. I will be continuing the series for sure. It was set up very well.
reaction upon finishing
So many questions left unanswered!
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