"Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.
America still isn’t sure where her heart lies.
When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless
romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she
sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with
memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down
to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon
over—and time is running out for America to decide.
America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her
question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her
future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy
are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any
kind of happy ending."
April 23rd 2013
by Harper Teen. I listened to the audio format of this book.
Click here for my review of The Selection, which is the first book in the series.
While I loved the first book in the series, I actually liked this one better! In fact, it's a book that you can easily read in one sitting, because I sure did!
This installment is a bit darker than the last, because we learn about Illea's past and why the caste system exists. The rebel uprising is a bit more front and center and it starts to make more sense, even if it is a bit enigmatic. A revolution is definitely brewing and America might just become a strong catalyst for it later, because she is already setting down roots. While some were disappointed with the first book, because the dystopia was too much in the background, this book reveals more and it seems like the next book in the series will be a lot more like The Hunger Games than like The Bachelor.
The love triangle with Prince Maxon and Aspen becomes more intense and dangerous in this book. America learns that there will be very different consequences depending on who she chooses. I don't think I even have a favorite choice; I like both guys and I think both end results would make good stories. My complaint here is that Maxon and Aspen are both written in voices so similar that I had trouble differentiating sometimes; their characters and development are different, but they speak the same way.
My tiny gripe is that America blushes WAY TOO MUCH. What doesn't make this girl blush?
On the surface, this series seems superficial and like it is about a girl who is just searching for love, but that's not really it. America is a very strong female character who doesn't need either guy, and most of the time, she doesn't chase either guy. She breaks the rules that dictate what a lady should do, and she just doesn't care. Plus, she makes very bold and dangerous decisions that will most likely later result in her being a heroine.
What's not to love?