You know, I never know what to say about this series. I’ve read the first 3 each in less than a day, I’m always anticipating reading the following instalment, and I know I love them beyond belief. But I couldn’t, intellectually, tell you why. They’re so addictive, yet I know that it’s really not good literature! To be honest, I’ve gave up all guilt about loving The Selection long ago, so here’s all the reasons you should read them:
The characters are so loveable you’ll feel like either your best friends or your children
The writing is so easy to read – almost no effort required!
Yet somehow, it messes with your emotions so much that I was audibly suffering
Romance… romance, romance, romance
Plot twists! There’s one in this book that hit me square in the chest and sent me flying
Dystopia meets utopia, the complexity of the morals in this society is so deep, with half the population living in blissful naivety and the other living in painful honesty
And I could give you so many more. Basically, pick up this series – you’ll love it!
I did not expect to like this book anywhere near as much as I did. It had so much more depth than I thought it would, and I actually really loved it!
I imagined this novel would be a cheesy romance with the sci-fi setting used as a bit of a background detail. However, I WAS WRONG. There were so many moral, economical and social events that were incredibly compelling and relevant to the future of our world. As someone who is very interested in the ethics behind artificial intelligence, it was fascinating to read about the author’s perspective of how AI will shape our lifestyle. However, the most intriguing theme in this book was religion. Faith plays a huge role in the life of the main character, Noemi, but is doubted by the ‘mech’ (robot) in the story. The two views are so contrasting yet they compliment each other so well as you read into them. Self-discovery was also a major theme, and one that I’d never seen tackled so literally!
Another fabulous aspect of this book is the rare and great slow-burning romance. It is so uncommon that two characters have such a complex and beautifully written relationship, and I adored it. And although the writing was basic at times, there were many amazing quotes (one that you can find on my main blog here ) that gave it an almost lyrical touch.
If you decide to read this book, which I highly recommend you do, a piece of advice: Don’t ignore the fact that Abel is a ‘mech’, but don’t let it ruin the romance for you. For a while, I was really really weirded out by it, but I let it slide and the book became hugely enjoyable.
Right y’all – I have some opinions I need to share. Just so you know, Truth Or Dare is a YA contemporary told in two perspectives: you read the first one and flip the book to read the second one. There’s no confusion over perspectives or chronology BUT the chronology is disconnected. But we’ll get onto that.
I enjoyed the story told in this book. It was heart-warming and even a little harrowing at times – and I can’t get over how honest it is. Non Pratt writes about a lot of sensitive/important subjects faced in the lives of the population (e.g. disability, mental health, sexuality, financial issues, rape, family etc.) and, in my opinion, she tackled these topics incredibly effectively. As a survivor of disability and mental health issues, I was quite overwhelmed with the honesty the narrator portrays. It is rare to see these subjects dealt with in such a raw, true and un-romanticized way – and I really respect that. It’s also highlights the absolute importance that is recognizing sexual assault. There is no graphic or traumatizing moments, but it does showcase the kind of sexual assault that is happening all the damn time with people of all ages – and the ‘casual’ attitude that many people have of consent. One quote in this book which crushed my heart was when the girl narrator says something along the lines of ‘I don’t just hate him, I hate the way he makes me hate myself’ which I thought opened my eyes even more to the awful confliction of the victim’s of this horrible crime.
Also, ARO-ACE REPRESENTATION Y’ALL! I’m neither asexual or aromantic but I so deeply need more rep for this group of people who get so looked over or misunderstood. My ace pal said the rep was fab, but I have no aromantic’s opinions yet and I’d love to hear what you think about it (I don’t want to say anything about this book without having all the info from the own voices, so if you weren’t happy with it, please let me know and I would be happy to add your opinion to this review.)
Besides that, the pacing in each section was good, the writing seemed very real and colloquial and generally I really enjoyed it. However, at the point where you spin the book round to read the second section, the pace changes so dramatically and I HATED IT. The end of Claire’s section was so action packed and full of adrenaline and ended on a cliff-hanger… but then I got to Sef’s section and it starts from the beginning again! I was so mad about having to read the whole story again to find out what happened next.
I soon got over that and now, having finished the book, I deeply understand why the author chose to go about the story the way they did – learning the other side of the story is so so important. But I had to knock off 0.75 stars for the aggravation it caused me at the time.
Currently Reading: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon! I finished three books in a mini-marathon of rushed library reading this weekend, and I had my last renew on this. I didn’t want to miss it, because first of all, that cover. Second of all, Indian main characters! Yay for DIYA! This book is so cute and funny and feminist and romantic. I am totally digging this vibe. I just started this yesterday and I’m in love with it. I love a young adult romance that doesn’t revolve around a love triangle. Have you guys read Dimple and Rishi? If so, what did you think? And of course, as always: What are you reading this week?