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.
-Synopsis from Goodreads
I am a fan of the Selection series, but I am ready to move past girl fights and find out who America is actually going to choose. I won’t be too disappointed if in the end, she decides to ride into the sunset on horseback with a lifetime supply of Ben and Jerry’s instead of one of the boys. But anyway, onward to the actual review.
As usual, Kiera Cass does not disappoint. I enjoyed this book very much. It has a nice pace and was a fairly quick read. The love triangle between America, Maxon, and Aspen continues, and continues to pull in all different directions. In addition, it is a pretty clean read that I would recommend to my teens 13 and up. I didn’t really notice any bad language or behavior that would prevent me from recommending it. I was satisfied with the Elite, and I can’t wait to read the One!
Here is what went on with the main characters in the story:
America did have some really tough times in this story. From her best friend being taken from the Elite and publicly (and violently) abused to seeing other sides of Maxon and continually flip flopping about Aspen. It felt like America really wanted to be with Maxon and be the queen, but I felt like she was being held back by childish fantasies of being with her first love, Aspen. She did take a stand for her best friend, which honestly took some guts and nearly got her taken out herself. So I am really glad that she stepped up and showed some backbone.
The Elite were also required to do some academic tasks and future queen tasks, which were interesting. The dynamic between America and the other Elite also shifted in this novel. The true characters of the other Elite are beginning to show, and it is adding to the story in a good way. In happy news, the Elite are all reunited with their families, which I thought was one of the happiest times of the book. That is until, it was interrupted by a torture sequence, but I won’t spoil all the fun for those of you who haven’t read it yet.
Oh Maxon…I don’t know how to feel about you. For the first half of the novel, I was really charmed by him and thought he would be perfect for America. Until he turned into Mr. Scary McCreepy-Pants. He kind of made my skin crawl at a few points. I’m not sure what he thinks he is doing, but having six girlfriends at a time is a horrible idea. Just ask any redneck who has ever been on a Hardee’s commercial. (If you don’t know what I mean, this is it.) Don’t do it! Although he does try to redeem himself, I’m not sure if the damage he has done is reversible. America may forgive him, but I’m not so sure myself. I personally would be happy to stomp on his big toe, pack my bags and call it a day. But, I think that America is a little more rational about the situation.
Let me just say, this is how I felt about Apsen for most of the novel. Please move on and get it together. You dumped your girlfriend, figured out you made a mistake, and want to steal her back from a prince. Let her be with the prince and stop confusing her. Seriously, if you dump your true love, and want to make it right, let her marry the rich prince who can take care of her forever. Sorry, that was totally unromantic. Ahem, what I mean is, Aspen, please consider what would be best for America.
Overall Rating: 4/5 Stars