Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #2
Release Date: April 23, 2013
The hotly-anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestsellerThe Selection.
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.
Just when 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.
Usually I don’t like Book 2s or love triangles, but for some reason this one really worked for me! I couldn’t put it down!
We have gone from 35 girls in the Selection to the Elite 6. So we get to know the girls a little better in this one, and Prince Maxon has gained some experience with girls.
Aspen is a guard at the palace now – America was with Prince Maxon when she first saw Aspen, but she has never told Maxon that Aspen is “the guy” from her past. So she now has secrets she is keeping.
I think this book worked for me because I could relate to America’s experience – I was never in love with two guys at the same time (thank goodness!), but a couple years ago our family had to make a decision to move with my husband’s company (and he loved his job) or stay in the town we loved so much. One week I was sure we were moving; the next week I was sure we were staying. I drove my friends crazy – I drove myself crazy! But old feelings were involved, new feelings were involved, and we were constantly receiving new information about the company’s move — all these were influencing our decision. This went on for 8 months – not because we weren’t mature or didn’t know what we wanted, but because the situation itself was constantly changing and in limbo.
And I felt like the same thing was happening with America in this book. She still has old feelings for Aspen, she has new feelings for Maxon, Aspen is now a Two and America is now a Three and that has changed everything, Maxon is maturing and gaining more experience with girls, and the king (Maxon’s dad) hates her, and she’s learning more about what it means to be a princess… everything is constantly changing in her world. And she’s trying to make sense of it all so she can make a decision that will affect herself, her family, and possibly the entire country. And she’s only 17.
America, Aspen, and Maxon all make mistakes, but they all try to make it right, too! The best part about finishing this book is that it meant I could start right away on Book Three!!!
Rating: 5 stars
Content: Clean, some mild language