Giving this 3 stars is me being generous. I wasn't that into The Selection, but there was definite potential as a series, if done right. All I can say is that I really really dislike America Singer. I can't say it's one specific characteristic that makes me feel that way. It's more little things in her personality. This wasn't horrible, I still read it in one sitting. Mostly because I wanted to see if America could redeem herself as a protagonist. She didn't. She is weak willed, selfish, whiny, among other less than stellar qualities. She is the opposite of what I look for in a lead female character. I liked Aspen, if only for the fact that he was kind. When he and America were together, my dislike for her lessened somewhat.I do not particularly like Maxon. I won't go into detail. I'll leave that to other readers to discover themselves. Sadly, I didn't connect to the characters or the story. I will probably read the final installment in the series regardless. It's rare that I give up a series. I'm too curious. Hopefully the final book is better.