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This issue’s cover illustration by Steve Stone is from Darke by Angie Sage. Thanks to Bloomsbury for their help with this July cover.
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In a future society, people are divided into numbered castes, from the royal Ones, through to the working Fours and troubled Eights. America Singer, a Five and a musician, works hard to help support her family, and her life is made all the better with her intense and forbidden relationship with Six Aspen. The prince
of the land, however, must choose his bride from the general populace, and those who want a chance at a better way of life apply for the chance to be part of The Selection. America reluctantly signs up thinking of the money she might get to support her family and friends, but is still shocked to be chosen.
America is whisked off to the palace with thirty-four other girls, who will now enjoy the lifestyle some of them could only have dreamed about, full of sumptuous food, gorgeous gowns and the chance to compete for Prince Maxon’s love.
This novel is a light, dystopian fairytale that should appeal to more than just fans of reality TV. The story is more intriguing and compassionate than the premise suggests – and will quickly engage readers who can’t deny their hopeless romanticism. While there are no surprises with the plot and characters, it’s still enjoyable watching events unfurl. The underpinning social set-up is also interesting, though much felt unresolved – and perhaps is being held back for the sequel.