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If you could sum up The Selection in three words, what would they be?
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Selection?
The ending is a set up for the sequel.
What does Paul Jenkins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
More nuance to the story and characters, he is a gifted Narrator.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Any additional comments?
I asked to receive this book and this review is being given on my own.I would be glad to buy
other books from this Narrator and Author.
Try the book you will enjoy it.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I would have given this story 5 stars but I didn't like the ending. This is the story of an alternative dystopian society where boys must participate in a trial of manhood and culling called the Selection when they turn 18. Eron faces pain, death, violence, and betrayal as he struggles to survive to the promised rewards at the end of the trial and to win the hand of the girl he desires. It is really a well-written story, and as long as you go in knowing that it is a true dystopian story and not everything will turn our as you want or expect, you may like it more than I did. For me, I liked it very much until the conclusion.
The narration was good, and different voices were given different characters, and the inflections were varied in respect to the situations and emotions the characters experienced.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
This book is a slightly odd mix for me, you have that well-worn plot device of a deadly game or coming of age trial, but it is done pretty well overall with the author managing to avoid some of the worst clichés of that type of plot.
The world-building is good overall, but quite a lot of that may not be relevant to subsequent books as it related directly to the selection and it's setting, which is completed by the end of this first book. The characters are fairly well-realised on the whole, but the main character didn't grab me as much as he could have done, I was interested in what happened to him rather than fully caring what happened to him.
The narrator mostly did a good job with the book, his narration had a clear and pleasant tone to it, but could have maybe made some of the main characters a bit more distinctive as that would have probably helped me connect better with the book.
Overall, I did enjoy this book, however it was merely a good setup for an ongoing series and a good standalone book rather than really excelling in either aspect, I think it is one that could grow on me if I enjoy the subsequent books in the series.
[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]