The original three Selection books have been a favorite of mine for a while now. Throughout a lot of the books, there's a tear in America's heart trying to figure out what is really truly right. Torn between her past and what could be her future, America has a lot of decisions to make. While reading it, I came across lots of little things here and there that had a deeper meaning than what the words said...but thinking back more and talking about it, my mom said something that struck me that I really wanted to share with you all today. So, my mom's never read the books, but I was describing them to her one day and she told me that the storyline sounded a lot like Esther from the Bible. Now, if you don't know who Esther is, here's a brief summary (you should read it though, it's incredible). Esther's given name was Hadassah, which is Jewish because that was her ethnic heritage. Anyway, the king at the time, King Xerxes sent his queen, Vashti, away because she refused to attend his banquet when he asked.
So, after this was said and done, Xerxes had to find a new queen. His attendants suggested that he have all the single young women brought to the castle and then he could find his new queen. He did this and eventually found Esther. This is similar to the Selection because Prince Maxon had to get married before he could be crowned king so, he had a bunch of girls from low to high standing castes come to the castle and he would find his future wife during the selection process. There's also an underlying conflict in the books about how the kingdom was fighting the rebels (close and far away). According to bible.org and biblearchaeology.org, in between Chapters 1 and 2 of the book of Esther in the Bible, King Xerxes and the Persians fought against the Greeks. While the timeframe of the battle in The Selection was during the time that America was first at the castle was different from the time frame of the battle in the Bible (Esther hadn't been to the castle yet), it's still a lot of similarities in what happens in Kiera Cass's fictional world and the Bible's reality.
Student studying Public Relations and Social Media as well as acting as much as possible with hopes to work at a Christian media company when graduated.