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Peek Inside Selected

Giving my family a better life is everything. But when I find out why I’m really at this school, I may have to rely on the person I trust the least––if I want to live.


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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.

Everything is going great until some of my friends begin ghosting me, and then disappear. Soon it becomes clear this “chance of a lifetime” isn’t the Holy Grail I was promised. And the attention from one of Easton’s elite has me questioning why a boy with a golden future wants to risk it by being seen with me.

But when I find out why I’m really at this school, I may have to trust him if I want to live.


Selected has a quick moving plot, engaging story-line, and characters that are flawed and appealing. I’m hoping that there will be a second book in this series and from the ending, it looks like there may be.  This is a great story for anyone who likes Young Adult Dystopian Suspense with a touch of romance and science fiction.” -Kristi S., Goodreads

Fast-paced, intriguing, and unputdownable!” -Erika C., NetGalley

My heart was racing to the max and I could not stop reading this book. This will be a potential pick for our teen book club that will generate a huge discussion.” -Lovely Librarian Blog

“This book is highly readable, and it was easy to get lost in the pages.” -Olivia F., Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781682815410
Release Date: Feb 3, 2020
Page Count: 400
Imprint: teen
Genre: dystopian, sci-fi, young adult
Tropes: enemies to lovers, opposites attract

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By Jessica March 03, 2020

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 ...more

By Kathleen February 04, 2020

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 i ...more

By Kristi January 25, 2020

“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 t ...more

By Leelynn February 06, 2020

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 ...more

By Nancy (The Avid Reader) February 07, 2020

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 ...more

By Meghan February 03, 2020

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 immediate ...more

By Jaime February 12, 2020

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 journey ...more

By John March 09, 2020

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 dan ...more

By Nina February 06, 2020

*may contain minor spoilers*
Oh my goodness... I am honestly at loss for words. I just finished reading this novel, and I can confidently say that it has been a while since a novel has had me this intrigued. I could not. stop. reading. I had to force myself to put it down in order to get anything els ...more

By Destiny February 14, 2020

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 ...more

By Kathy February 03, 2020

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 r ...more

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Barb Han

About the author

USA Today Best Selling Author

Barb Han

Barb Han is a USA TODAY, Publisher's Weekly, and Amazon Bestselling Author. Reviewers have called her books "heartfelt" and "exciting." She lives in Texas—her true north—with her adventurous family, a poodle mix and a spunky rescue who is often referred to as a hot mess. She is the proud owner of too many books (if there is such a thing). When not writing, she can be found exploring Manhattan, on a mountain either hiking or skiing depending on the season, or swimming in her own backyard.

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