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.
Summary from Goodreads.com
Found myself mostly annoyed with this second installment. Was not my favorite book almost like a down grade from the first.
- America: If she didn’t spend all of her time wasting on which guy she could have been with this trilogy, this series could have ended in two books and been a much more enjoyable reading experience.
- Aspen: Please leave the castle, that’s all I have to say. Due to his annoying presence I feel like America can’t have her full potential experience as a competitor during the Selection. I don’t think I’ve ever had such a negative experience with a character.
- The King: Is it sad that I like the king at the end? No? Well okay then. When he shares a conversation with America, I swear that was my favorite part of the entire book, because we get to see an emotion other than whiny, sad, or confused.
- Maxon: Kind of glad he built a bridge and got over his little America stage and found a happier place. Still sad though that the nice guy is finishing last again in this book and I hate that America still plays him.
- The main conflict shifted more towards the competition and the so called “love triangle”. We get to see the girls actually brawl it out with a major girl fight which was nice to read about. About half way through the book I felt a tension rose that necessarily wasn’t there before. At times it was nice to feel America get tense and her boots shaken about the whole ordeal. And then the love triangle. Once in the book I counted a six page difference where she made up her mind on who she wanted to be with. This was more towards the book which ended up getting on my skin. I wished the characters could be more realistic or that America would get caught with Aspen already and leave the palace.
Author’s Writing Style
- I feel like the author’s writing style is overall bland. I wished that it could become more poetic throughout the entire book. The only part where I think Cass as a writer took time is when she wrote what Maxon said and all his heartfelt lines.
- Holy cow do I have a lot of feelings and emotions about this topic in general and in this story. After I finished a chapter about how America was head over heels in love for Maxon, not even a page later she would be back thinking or even hanging out with Aspen. Towards the end of the novel I see her pull away and make more of a decision of who chase after, which was nice to finally make more of a decision. But for goodness sake I can’t stand the way Cass writes this love triangle.
- After enduring and finishing this book I would have to rate this a 2.5/5 stars.Even though this book dragged on for forever and ever with the constant whining, I still somehow magically liked the ending and I how no clue as to why that would happen. I decided to rate this book a 2.5/5 stars. It would have been 3 stars but oh goodness America is to blame for that star rating with her love triangle of not making up her mind and acting like a two year going through their “terrible two stage”. While Maxon on the other hand did everything right. He saw opportunity as America was being distant and he took full advantage for it! And Aspen… lets not even go there. What an irritating little shit head who just either needs to run away from the castle OR gets special treatment and magically gets killed off by one of the rebel groups. I don’t know if I will be picking up the third book.