For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.
America Singer: The seventeen year old beautiful-looking protagonist. Third child of the family. Has a beautiful singing voice, but her caste is a Five. Known for her red hair, musical talent, and kind nature. Underestimates her own abilities.
Aspen Leger: America's eighteen year old secret boyfriend. His caste is a Six. Really loves America but has to struggle to take care of his family. Convinces America to enter the Selection so he will not be guilty for holding her back.
Maxon Schreave: The compassionate prince of Illéa. He has golden hair and brown eyes. Is a little awkward with girls, having had little contact with them, but begins to fall for America.
May Singer: America's fourteen year old younger sister. Has a lively and bubbly personality. Has a sweet tooth. Looks exactly like America, except a 3 year late version.
Marlee Tames: One of the Selected, from Kent. A Four, sweet, outgoing Four who quickly befriends America. Very beloved by the others. Travels with America to Angeles.
Celeste Newsome: One of the Selected. Is a haughty, mean Two who is bent on winning the Selection. Travels with America to Angeles, but always tries to insult her because of America's caste.
Queen Amberly: The regal, kind queen of Illéa. Won the Selection in the previous generation, despite being part of one of the lower castes (Four).
Kenna Singer: America's older sister. Married to James who is a Four, and is currently pregnant.
Gerad Singer: The youngest of the Singer children. Struggles to find his artistic talents, and because of his caste, Five, he can't do the thing he wants - and thinks it is unfair.
Kota Singer: America's older brother. Has become a well known artist, and he betrayed his family by moving away from home in order to become a Two.
Lucy: One of America's maids. Has had a difficult life, and often has trouble regulating her emotional responses, especially to rebel invasions because of her worst memory about the rebellion possible compared to the other maids.
““Do you think the ability to sleep incounts as a special skill?” I asked Dad, trying to sound torn over the decision.“Yes, list that. And don’t forget to write that you can eat an entire meal in under five minutes,” he replied. I laughed. It was true; I did tend to inhale my food.“Oh, the both of you! Why don’t you justwrite down that you’re an absolute heathen!””
“"Imagine your 'dear' .... Imagine that she depends on you.... She needs you to provide for her and protect her. And if it came to a point where there was absolutely nothing to eat, and you couldn't even fall asleep at night because the sound of her stomach growling kept you awake-" "Stop it!"”
13+ ... Passionate kissing between Aspen & America. As far as sex, America states "We've done everything but." America mentions that keeping your virginity until you're married is required by law, and then indicates that that is why most people marry young. Curse words h*ll and d**n are used a few times.
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