YMMV / The Selection

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Eadlyn in the end of The Heir. Did she finally agree to take the Selection seriously and seriously consider a husband because she realized the value of love and companionship, or is she really looking for someone to leech onto after Arhen eloped?
  • Ass Pull: Aspen falling for Lucy in the One. We get very strong hints that Lucy develops feelings for him over the course of the books, but Aspen spends a majority of the three books and his novella pining for America. Towards the end, we're given a tiny little moment where Aspen notices Lucy. But by the end of the book he tells America that he doesn't love her anymore, and he's with Lucy with little explanation. This is somewhat justified as Cass was apparently planning on Aspen/America being endgame. However, after two and a-half books of "Aspen endlessly loving America," to Aspen telling America, point blank, that he doesn't love her anymore it comes across as a forced and clunky way of settling the love triangle.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Eadlyn is a pretty controversial lead. Some disliked her selfish attitude and felt her novels were Sequelitis. Others liked that she had a different personality from previous lead America and that the story was about her Character Development from selfish to selfless.
  • Captain Obvious Reveal: Was anyone really surprised that Josie filled out Kile's application?
    • In The Elite America learns that Illea's founder forced his daughter to marry a prince so he could become king of the newly formed country. The problem is that Illea's princesses are married off to prince's for alliances, America herself describes it as them being "sold off" in the beginning first book. The Selected even have a history lesson about it, they know the founders' daughter was married off to a prince. The reader already knows this, and America should very well know this, but it's still treated as a groundbreaking revelation. The only "shocking" thing is that Illea forced his daughter into marriage but given that princesses are more or less in arranged marriages it's still not that surprising.
  • Idiot Ball: America, more often than not. Revealing existence Gregory Illea's diaries to her father, and national TV (and it was only pure frigging luck the former works out). Wearing the button of Aspen's guard uniform as a bracelet. Still seeing Aspen after seeing what happened to Marlee and Carter. See's Maxon with Celeste, throws a fit and decides she's leaving the Selection with a bang, revealing the aforementioned diaries. Especially when she, herself, sneaks around with Aspen.
    • Eadlyn, the future queen, needs Arhen to spell it out to her that she can negotiate the terms of her Selection with Maxon.
  • Sequelitis: The Heir and The Crown. While readers did enjoy it, some wondered why Eadlynís story had to be told when The One wrapped things up pretty well. It doesnít help that Eadlyn was such a Base-Breaking Character.
    • Arguably the original trilogy too. It wasn't unheard of to hear the belief that the story could have been told in one book. Maybe two, but it didnít need to be three. The Elite was seen as the weakest of the three, with many readers none too happy with America blatantly waffling back and forth between Maxon and Aspen.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Aspen and Lucy had very little build up. Lucy was heavily hinted to be attracted to him, but Aspen spends most of that time pining for America and is inexplicably in love with her a little more than halfway through The One. This is especially jarring since Aspen spent most of the first three books all but begging America to take him back.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: America does not seem to understand that just because she was content as a Five doesnít mean others are. Early in the first book, she asks why her mother isnít happy or content with her life. However, it becomes pretty obvious why when America recounts a time when the Singers had to sacrifice lighting and heat in order to feed the family and went without presents one Christmas. And if Celesteís attitude towards Fives is not uncommon, then itís really not that hard to understand why Magda (and even Kota) would want something better if the opportunity came. America ends up coming across as less of a girl who wants the simple things in life and more of a petulant brat who cares for little outside of her own love life.
    • Itís hard to feel bad for America when Maxon starts seeing Kris, because Maxon has far more on the line. The books even explain that if the Selection goes on for too long it will not look good on Maxon. He even outright says that if America isnít in it then he canít afford to waste time on her.
    • Eadlyn IS this trope.
    • Aspen can be forgiven for not wanting to make America a Six, a servant who's generally worse off than Fives, and breaking up with her because of it. But what brought this about? America made him dinner and hurt is oh-so precious pride. And then we learn he was waiting to be drafted, which makes him a Two and in about four years could have married America, then any reason Aspen has for breaking up with her in the first place is kind of lost.
    • Itís kind of hard to feel for Aspenís assertions that ď(He's) a SixĒ in The Guard when he has no problem reaping the benefits of a Two.
  • What An Idiot: Yeah America, it's probably not a good idea to declare you should abolish the caste system, and reveal the existence of super secret information on national TV. Can't say she doesn't take after her namesake.
    • The palace is regularly attacked, no one thinks to install security cameras? With what America and Aspen get away with, and the fact that it was a TV camera, not a security camera, that caught Marlee and Carter, one must assume there aren't any. No wonder rebels get in so frequently.
    • Eadlyn and Maxon apparently learn the goings on in Illea through newspapers.