America was born into a world where people are ranked into numbered castes. America is a 5, which means that everyone in her family are artists. America loves to sing and play musical instruments and although times are often hard for her family she is mostly happy with her way of life. She has a big secret, however; she is in love with Aspen, who is a 6. They have to meet in secret and it will take money and a lot of persuading for her family to agree to let them be together. America is certain of her love for Aspen, though, and would do anything to be with him. Then something exciting happens across the country, the Selection. Prince Maxon is coming of age and will need to select a bride, so he will choose from a random selection of ladies from all across the country. America doesn't want to join, but Aspen convinces her that he wouldn't be able to live with himself if she didn't at least try, because being part of the Selection would mean that her and her entire family would have fame and riches bestowed upon them that they would have never thought possible. America agrees, thinking that she will never in a million years be one of those chosen...but what if she is? What would that mean for her relationship with Aspen? Would she ever have it in her to be a princess, to lead the country? It seems she is going to have the chance to find out.
This romantic yet suspenseful tale was hard for me to put down. America is a strong, kind, beautiful woman who you can't help but root for. She has difficult decisions to make and struggles with feelings of responsibility for herself and her family. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a book with romance and royalty, with just a hint of dystopia and intrigue. This book is part of a series, so if you enjoy this one make sure to check out the rest of the Selection books!