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3.91  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  23 reviews
After a polarized nation was broken by the threat of civil war, States have now become countries. And in New Maine, things have gotten worse.

Giving my family a better life is everything. And my selection to attend an elite prep school suddenly offers my family a dramatically different life—food on the table, a roof over their heads, and a fighting chance at a future.

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Published February 3rd 2020 by Entangled: Teen
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Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up to 4.

Tori and her family believe her high IQ, intelligence, and flawless dance skill secured her spot as a Selected in one of Maine's elite prep schools. They're right; but there's so much more going on here. This is a clean YA novel, but it's a very dark dystopia. Darker than the average YA dystopia. Our girl goes through a lot. It's great that she's resilient and resourceful, but I wish she didn't have to be. Her life is far from charmed and this book may drag down some r
Kathleen Baldwin
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A promising YA novel from USA Today bestselling author, Barb Han. Just when I thought High School in 2040 seemed pretty much like it does today, Han flipped the white board, and I found myself in a suspense-filled ride at a twisty turn-y school where nothing is as it should be. Han puts the reader into a chilling new world where nothing is as it seems and survival depends on sheer daring and true friendships.
--Review based on an arc provided by the publisher--
“2040. Country of Maine, COA – Countries of America”

Future New Maine, formerly Maine but now its own separate country along with the rest of the states is the setting for Selected by Barb Han. Selected is a Young Adult Dystopian with elements of mystery, suspense, and romance.

When Tori is selected to attend the elite prep school, Easton, she thinks her prayers have been answered. Her family will now be provided with food and shelter and she’ll get the education that will allow her to go to colle
Breanne Mast
Jan 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you Entangled Teen, NetGalley and Barb Han for an ARC of Selected in exchange for an honest review.

Selected is set in Maine during the Year 2040. Faced with the threat of civil war, the United States divided each state into their own country, becoming the Countries of America. The main character, Tori Aldridge is selected to attend a prestigious school, Easton based on her incredible talent for dancing. In return, Tori’s mother and brother receive food, housing and clothes, all of which ar
Apr 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you NetGalley for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

By: Barb Han

While I love dystopian fiction, especially of the darker variety, I think it is becoming too much of a good thing. Selected was a good story, but it needed to be great. The characters were not memorable, and the story was just formulaic enough to blend in with so many others. That stand out wow factor was missing here. Unfortunately, I didn't love this
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult / Dystopian
*Rating* 3.5


Barb Han's Selected is a young adult, Dystopian, with elements of mystery and suspense thrown in. What you need to know: The year is 2040, the USA no longer exists due to diabolical author shenanigans which has separated states into individual countries called COA, countries of America. Maine used to be a state until the USA became too big, too polarized. Nothing got done and civil unrest was on the rise. In order to avoid an
Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Fantastic Flying Book Club, Netgalley, and Entangled Publishing for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.

Already from the beginning of this novel, even before we hear Tori speak and even know her name, I was already getting a feeling that something bad was going to happen. She was just way to
Jodie "Bookish"  Cook
Feb 06, 2020 rated it liked it
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Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Easton Academy is a prep school for the elite of the elite in New Maine, the kind of school where Legacy students from old money families go to make connections before heading off to college and whatever their parents expect of them. Victoria Aldridge is not old money. Is not nouveau riche. Is not typical of the students that walk Easton’s hallowed halls. She’s part of the new Selected program, lower class students with high IQs or brilliant athletic performance backed by rich patron families. A ...more
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Thank you to Entangled Teen and NetGalley for giving me a chance to read this eARC.

Selected is set in a future America where the states are now countries. Tori goes to a private school where the rich kids still rule the school. Tori is smart, gifted and she gets to go to the school because she is sponsored. She falls in love with a boy, Caius who is from a wealthy family and happens to be the hottest guy at school. But while Tori is away at school, her brother Trevor gets into some trouble and s
Morgan (youarethelibrarian)
I find myself disappointed with this book, because the premise sounded like something right up my alley, and the cover is gorgeous. However, the plot and characters needed more fleshing out. The timeline and pacing in this book was very hard to follow, as there didn’t seem to be clear delineations. It seemed Caius and Victoria were boyfriend and girlfriend after two times of hanging out together, and it was very much insta-love since there was a lack of development there. It was like the develop ...more
Jan 30, 2020 rated it liked it
SELECTED follows Victoria (Tori) who attends an elite private school amongst the wealthiest in her country/state (states are now countries). She was chosen for her dance abilities and intelligence, and she is one of the first Sponsored students in the school. She must keep up her grades and competitive wins to stay in the school- and keep her family fed. The wealthy people who Sponsored her could pull their support and her family's home and food if she does not live up to their expectations.

As a
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
The United States is no longer The United States as it has been torn apart by the threat of civil war. The threat has caused each state to split off from each other and have each became their own country. Selected is set in the future in what is now known as New Maine formerly known as the state of aine.

Selected tells the story of kids attending an elite school with different groups of students. There are five groups at Easton the most competitive high school in the country. The five groups are
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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This book was received as an ARC from Entangled Publishing, LLC - Entangled: Teen in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

When I read the first page of this book, my mind immediately went to Divergent and Hunger Games and I was immediately hooked. All Tori ever wanted was a life for her and her family. A roof over their head, food on the table, and the chance of a future is all everyone ever wants but when Tori gets accepted into thi
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I truly loved this book. I have been a reader of Ms. Han for years. Her Harlequin series are some of the best shorter stories out there. For a long time I have wanted Ms. Han to write something a bit longer, as I loved all of her characters so much, I wanted to know more about them and their journeys.
The author has not disappointed me. This book is YA and more sci-fi than what she has written before and she knocked it out of the park! While the book is a type of dystopian teen drama, there is
John Clark
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Interesting premise, that the U.S. fell apart and became 50 individual countries. In Maine, the haves and the have-nots are so far apart it might as well be communist Russia. Victoria's a have-not, but was selected by a rich couple to attend a fancy private academy because of her high IQ and her dancing skills. As long as she excels, she stays and her mother and twin brother get food and shelter, things they had to scratch and fight for before her selection. Even so, Victoria's life at the schoo ...more
Nina Defendi
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 18, 2020 rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book. On the positive side I think the plot and the overall story is well written. The world building is interesting and has a bit of a Hunger Games feel to it. I think the biggest issue is the main character Tori. For about 85-90% of the novel I didn’t really like her. She is such a bundle of nerves and anxieties that it made me uneasy. Which I suppose is a kudos to the author for making the feelings come alive. But I found it most difficult to invest in her sto ...more
Feb 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you Netgalley and Entangled Teen for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Selected was a quick YA read. I love dystopian teen fiction and this was a solid entry into that genre. There were some added elements of mystery and suspense. I enjoyed reading about Tori and her time at Easton however this is not a story that will stick with me over time. I was left wishing for more - a better developed world with better developed characters would have improved this story immensely.
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
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*Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a free copy in exchange of an honest review.*

You know when you eat a cake that not only has badly mixed and cheap ingredients, but it is also unleavened? That's like reading this book.
It's 2020 guys: are we still doing insta-love? Still? With two main characters who are as bland as off brand white bread? The plot is flimsy at best, the characters poorly sketched, only the core idea is good but incredibly underdeveloped.
Destiny Bridwell
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. This is the first book I have read by Barb Han. It was an interesting story that was told, but I wanted more then just romance. I think the whole selection process and what it does for their family is a great concept in the world that they live in. There was a little mystery and intriguing. I thought I was going to understand the elite prep school scene but I was thrown off by all of it. 
Kathy Ivan
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love Selected! I've read a lot of Barb Han's books, and this is first foray into a new genre and I have to say I am majorly impressed. I loved the story, the characters, and Tori's growth arc throughout. There was a realism to this book, where it could see it visually playing out in my head as I read it. If you're looking for a great new young adult story, I definitely recommended Selected. ...more
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