Study Guide

The Selection Competition

By Kiera Cass


Take The Bachelor, toss it in a blender with Survivor, and then add the pungent garnish of a presidential election, and you've just made yourself a steaming helping of The Selection. America Singer is a sixteen-year-old girl who gets swept up into this competition, fighting with thirty-four other girls for the heart of Illéa's Prince Maxon, but she has a dirty little secret—her heart is elsewhere. She doesn't even want to compete. No spoilers here, folks, but let's just say that America gets a rude awakening when she realizes that she has more skin in the game then she thought was possible.

Questions About Competition

  1. Is America competitive by nature? Explain.
  2. How does America change once she takes the competition seriously?
  3. Why does Celeste act the way she does?
  4. Do the people of Illéa have a say in the Selection? Why or why not?

Chew on This

Celeste is so competitive and hostile because she is insecure.

Although there is no rule saying so, the people of Illéa have a say over the Selection because their sentiment clearly matters to the royal family when choosing a ruler.