The hotly-anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller The 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.
I read the first book out of pure curiosity. I wanted to know and judge the books by my own standards. While I wholeheartedly believe that the book isn’t down right horrible, I still totally agree with what my fellow readers’ criticism of the book.
Was it enjoyable? I think the first one has merits though not to be par with other dystopian books out there. The plot was simple, the characters were passable and the story opens a possible for improvement. So therefore I take the chance of reading the sequel. Did I see the improvement? Maybe not, in fact, and to be entirely honest I find this book lagging and frustrating. I didn’t remember any particular event that can stand out. Most of my time went to flipping the pages, impatient to leave all these craziness behind. It didn’t help that America, our main lead girl did not improve but became the worst version of herself. No wonder, even the people in the world put her in the last spot. And the king, do I dare say that I agree with him in some aspect, because I see what he sees in her.
In short, I detest her attitude here. Her conflicting emotions towards the boys were aggravating as it was contrived. Her decisions were impulsive and self-centered. I didn’t expect to have an animosity to her character. But she triumphantly did it herself.
Needless to say, the romance was undoubtedly engineered to favors both the guys’ fans. That’s why I see her emotions unreal. Aspen hardly left an impression but the little dent he has with me disperse into thin air. So my question is, who is Aspen again? And the prince, Maxon, while I find him more favorable than the other one, I wasn’t really that into him that I was in The Selection. He might have done things that you can say disapproving? Discounting that fact, I still lost the little charm he holds in me.
As for the last book (hopefully it is the last book) I might check it up to see if who ends up with who, or I might just straight ahead to the last chapter and see how everything turns out. I’ll just patch things up based on the conclusion. If this book is any indication, I think the last one—though not a complete lost cause—is predictable.