Release Date: May 5th, 2015
Note: This post reviews the third book of The Selection Series. You may like to read the first two books in the series, The Selection and The Elite, before reading this review.
(Can I just begin by admitting that I really want the dress on the cover? There, I said it. Now that we got that out of the way…)
Prince Maxon has narrowed the Selection competition down to the last four girls – Celeste, a 2; Kriss, a 3; Elise, a 4; and of course, America, our heroine, a 5. Each girl left standing is there for a specific reason. Celeste, high and mighty though she be, is a solid choice, and the people’s favorite. She is America’s least favorite person in the competition, which is not surprising after all the horrible things she has said and done since the beginning. Kriss is still there because she genuinely loves Maxon, and he cares for her, too. She is kind (enough) and would never do anything to sabotage another opponent, but takes the Selection very seriously. And Elise is really only there still because she has relations in New Asia, which makes her a good option politically.
And then there is America – Maxon’s favorite, our favorite. But not the people’s favorite, and definitely not the King’s favorite. Maxon decides his next move will be to make his people fall in love with her, just like he already has. If she is to be the future queen, then she must be accepted and loved by the people of Illea.
America has already made up her mind – she wants Maxon, over her first love Aspen. But here is where it gets complicated. Does he really love her, too? Is he really going to choose her in the end, or will he go with the safer choice, Kriss? Maxon, too, is on the edge because he thinks she could walk away at any moment, and he would have to change his mind, or else end up with no one. She is waiting for him to say “I love you” first, while he wants to hear it from her. And that basically happens the whole book.
I wasn’t disappointed in the conclusion to the Selection. Cass wrapped things up beautifully and certainly left me wanting more. I don’t want to give too much of the finale away, so I am going to leave it at that. What I will say is, this is one of my favorite book series, and I cannot wait to reread them. AMAXICA!
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