I inwardly groaned at the start of The Program; I’ve been reading a lot of YA lately with preposterous plots (it’s the reason I love YA) and I wondered if I’d reached a natural break. Then The Program reeled me in and I was hooked enough to want to finish. A slow, rather than rapid, start.
The Selection by Kiera Cass is a modern girl’s nightmare. The premise is interesting enough in a Mills and Boon kinda way – the rich prince wants to get married and allows millions of girls to apply to be his princess. A sort of equal-opportunity marriage race in a dystopian disaster. It’s the reason I love YA novels; I can easily suspend disbelief in ridiculous plots if they are well written and plausible in a new-world-order kind of way.