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The Selection is a YoungAdult [[{{Dystopia}} dystopian]] trilogy by Kiera Cass, consisting of ''The Selection'', ''The Elite'', and ''The One''. There are also two companion novellas, ''The Prince'' (told from Prince Maxon's point of view) and ''The Guard'' (told from Aspen Leger's point of view).

In the country of Illea (formerly America) your caste determines everything from your job to your quality of life, and there's little chance for moving upward. Except for The Selection: when the crown prince comes of age, thirty-five girls are picked in a random draw to compete for the chance at winning his heart becoming Illea's future queen.

For America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means leaving behind the love of her life, Aspen, and entering a strange new world where her every action is watched and judged. Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself - and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.
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!!The books provide examples of:
* AerithAndBob: Character names range from Ashley and Lucy to Gavril and Amberly.
* AlphaBitch: Celeste, until she mellows out - but only slightly.
* AttemptedRape: [[spoiler: It's revealed Lucy, one of America's maids, was grabbed by a southern rebel during a massive raid on the palace. It's unclear how far he got before getting shot dead by a palace guard.]]
* BetaCouple: [[spoiler:Aspen/Lucy and Carter/Marlee.]]
* BettyAndVeronica: Maxon (Betty) vs. Aspen (Veronica). [[spoiler:Maxon wins.]]
* BlackSheep: America's brother Gerad isn't artistic. Too bad he's a Five, so it's the only career path he can take.
* DarkerAndEdgier: What the TV series wanted to be. The pilot aged everyone up and gave it a more "adult" tone, made Maxon into a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, Illea a more obviously oppressive nation, and added a subplot about Celeste's family wanting to usurp the monarchy.
* EveryoneLovesBlondes: Marlee is a fan favorite amongst the people to win the Selection. [[spoiler:That quickly changes after she's revealed to be having an affair with Carter (one of the guards).]]
* EverythingIsBetterWithPrincesses: Dystopia - with princesses! In-universe the Selection is regarded this way.
* {{Expy}}: Aspen is basically [[Literature/TheHungerGames Gale]] and Gavril Fadaye is [[Literature/TheHungerGames Caesar Flickerman]].
* FantasticCasteSystem: In Illea your entire life is determined by which caste you're born into. Women automatically assume their husband's caste upon marriage, much like how traditional surnames work. It's possible to move up through marriage, being drafted into the army (automatic Two), and the Selection (Three when drawn from the lottery, Two if you make it to the Elite, One if you win), but these are all rare.
** One - royalty or equal to it.
** Two - celebrities and socialites.
** Three - Currently not known. Teachers are mentioned.
** Four - manual laborers.
** Five - artists.
** Six - indoor workers.
** Seven - outdoor workers.
** Eight - the homeless and those who have committed serious crimes.
* FollowTheLeader: ''The Selection'' was one of the many books published following the massive sucess of Literature/TheHungerGames. Because of that, many people have taken to calling it a THG ripoff, although there aren't that many similarities (at least no more than any other recently published dystopian book).
** The CW pilot was trying to play this up. It frames the Selection as a distraction to keep the lower castes from uprising, as well as having a rebel group attempt to kidnap America and make her a symbol of their cause.
*** Amusingly, America [[spoiler:does end up helping the Northern rebels, which ends up saving her life (along with the lives of several others).]]
* [[FiveManBand Four Girl Group]]: The final four:
** TheHero: America.
** TheLancer: Celeste.
** TheSmartGuy: Elise.
** TheChick: Kriss.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: The final four again. Celeste (Choleric/Melancholic), America (Sanguine/Choleric), Kriss (Sanguine/Phlegmatic) and Elise (Phlegmatic/Melancholic).
* [[spoiler:HeelFaceDoorSlam: Celeste.]]
* HeroesWantRedheads: Maxon takes a liking to America, the only redhead in The Selection. [[spoiler:He eventually chooses her as his bride.]]
* HiddenDepths: Kriss [[spoiler:is a member of the Northern rebels - and so was America's father.]]
* JerkAss: America's brother Kota and the King.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Celeste, after her CharacterDevelopment in ''The One''.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:The King, Queen, and Celeste are all killed in the final attack by the rebels.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Both Maxon and his mother make them to protect America and the King respectively. Maxon lives. His mother doesn't.]]
* IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer: [[spoiler:Celeste warns Maxon that if he hurts America, she'll make him cry.]]
* LadyInRed: The other contestants and their stylists notice that America, who is quickly becoming Maxon's favorite, has a preference for blue, and so they all request a blue dress for a television broadcast. America's maids notice this and create a crimson red dress for her instead, making her stand out. Said dress can be seen on the cover of ''The Elite.''
* MeaningfulName:
** America, because she is a fighter, and Singer because [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin she's a musician]].
** Tiny's appearance and demeanor live up to her name.
** [[ShapedLikeItself Anna Farmer is a farmer]].
* NiceToTheWaiter: America is kind to her maids, Anne, Lucy and Mary, because she comes from a low caste herself and understands what it's like. Most notably, when there is a rebel raid on the palace she insists they come with her to the safe room that's supposed to be reserved for royalty, Selection girls, and high ranking officials - then tells their superior where to shove it when the woman demands they start serving drinks.
* NoSexAllowed: Sex before marriage is a serious enough crime to put you in prison. And since there's no birth control for the lower castes, most people marry young.
* PrinceCharming: Maxon is a more realistic version of this.
* RedheadedHero: America.
* RichSuitorPoorSuitor: Maxon and Aspen.
* RichBitch: Celeste.
** She gets better in ''The One'', where she admits that [[spoiler: she's worried about the fact that she only really has her looks to rely on, and she knows she'll eventually lose them and fade into the background. After bonding with America, she apologizes to the other girls, and although Elise has a moment where it looks like she'll ruin Celeste, they all forgive her and become friends.]]
* RomanticRunnerUp: [[spoiler:Aspen, who ends up with Lucy.]]
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: The royal family is consistently shown actively running the country. Maxon - on the advice of America - even diverts some of the money from the Selection to start a food program for the lower castes.
* ShelteredAristocrat: Maxon, initially. He gets better, mainly thanks to America.
* SpoiledSweet: Maxon.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: Aspen.
* TheWisePrince: Maxon.
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: Daphne for Maxon, and [[spoiler:Aspen for America]].
* UnwantedHarem: A majority of girls in The Selection.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Maxon and America. [[spoiler:They do.]]
* XMeetsY: Literature/TheHungerGames meets TheBachelor.
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