Title: The Selection (Sapient Salvation #1)
Author: Jayne Faith
Publisher: N/A, October 16, 2015
Twice a year, the alien Lord Toric demands a selection of human women between the ages of 18 and 20 to compete for a place in his harem. Maya must get through just one more selection and then she can marry the man of her dreams. She should have been safe, but when a young woman who was supposed to compete dies the day of the selection, Maya is forced into the competition.
Thrown into the fight of her life with no preparation, Maya must shed her innocence and win Lord Toric’s favor. And there is only one winner in the competition. The losers will be sacrificed. Will she survive the first round, or will she pay the ultimate price for her inexperience?
I’m giving this book three stars solely because the writing style was engaging. As other reviewers have pointed out, this story has similar themes to Kiera Cass’s The Selection series but with an added mix of The Hunger Games. It made for an addictive page turning experience—though one I didn’t necessarily love.
My main issues with Jayne Faith’s The Selection was that Lord Toric’s “feelings” for Maya was too unbelievable for me. They talked one on one maybe two or three times?
Boy, you don’t know her.
The instalove was intense and I don’t understand his whole sensing thing (iffy on reader interpretation). Lord Toric does tell readers straight up about his feelings and at one scene pretended a harem woman was Maya and satisfied his lust with her.
And secondly, I found Lord Toric to be so creepy. His flippant disregard for his harem women wasn’t that great either. I don’t see why he needs a harem if their real purpose isn’t going to be fulfilled until after the destruction of their enemies. Maybe I would have liked the story better if not for the harem being a thing.
I read the synopses of the other books (and reviews) in this series and I really don’t like the direction this series is going, so I won’t be continuing.