Series: The Selection #2
Published by Harper Collins on April 23rd 2013
Number of Pages: 352
Genres: Dystopian, Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Purchase: At Amazon
The Selection began with thirty-five girls.
Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon's heart is fiercer than ever -- and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?
America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want -- and America's chance to choose is about to slip away.
A family member gave me this as a gift since I said I’d read the first one. I was really hoping it would be better than book 1, despite some of the comments I got on that review!
Marlee had something horrific happen to her early on in this book because she was in love with someone other than the Prince. And despite seeing it happen with her own eyes, America still has these little ‘dates’ with Aspen with no thought about what could happen to her if they’re caught!
She’s finally decided she wants to marry the Prince. And yet, she’s still stringing Aspen along for most of this book. When she isn’t doing that, she’s yo-yo-ing between being on cloud 9 about something Prince Maxon has done, and being in the depths of despair because of something Maxon has done.
Maxon himself reveals sides of himself you didn’t see in the last book. He goes behind his father’s back for a good cause, but also is caught by America in compromising positions with other girls from the Selection. And he’s now got 2 top choices for Princess instead of just America. There is also a very good reason for him not standing up to his father as much as he should, that is revealed in this book.
And during one of her moments of deciding not to love Maxon anymore, she does something REALLY stupid during a presentation on one of the Reports that is broadcast to all the homes in the country. Honestly. Anyone with an actual brain would have realized picking that topic wouldn’t go over well. I don’t see how she could possibly have thought she’d get away with it without any consequences.
I really wanted to like these books. Such pretty covers, an interesting world that has been pretty much only hinted at, and a plot line that could have been such a fun way to while away an afternoon. But every book just seems to get worse. I’m not even sure I want to read book 3, I definitely won’t be buying it.