Titles: The Selection, The Elite, The One
Author: Kiera Cass
In Future America (now called Illea), a monarchy rules a shitty caste system. The prince chooses his bride from the commoners through the Selection, much of which is televised. If you're doing the math, the equation looks like this:
(The Bachelor x YA) + (Dystopia - Most of the Dystopic Elements) = Book.
This series is like cotton candy. It's fun and fluffy, but if you eat too much in one sitting, you get really tired of it. (Don't eat books.)
America is the heroine. PROS: She's low-born and plucky, which makes these books readable and fairly interesting. CONS: She is named America.
There are some interesting sub-plots with rebels and secrets about how the monarchy was formed, but these never become anything more than tangents. The major sub-plot involves an ex-boyfriend, and it's annoying.
I liked The Selection, but this series could easily have been crammed into one book. NOT MUCH HAPPENS, is what I'm trying to say.
Nevertheless, they are good for a fluffy read when you want to turn off your brain.
Buy or borrow them.