America Singer will leave her pre-destined life for a world of glamour and luxury, if she wins…
But surviving The Selection is tough. Rivals are battling to become Prince Maxon’s bride as the threat of rebel violence just beyond the palace walls escalates into war.
Only six girls are left and sworn friendships are tested to breaking point. America’s feelings for Maxon grow stronger, but she suspects darker mysteries in his royal past. With ex-lover Aspen waiting for her in the shadows, where do her loyalties truly lie?
My verdict: A thrilling follow up to the selection where secrets of the monarchy and caste system is revealed. I found this to be an emotional rollercoaster which reminded me of Cormac McCarthy and The King and I in many respects with regards to the tense political situation and harsh punishments handed out by the monarchy. Cass is writing has the right balance of tone in regards to stark realism and grit but also have the knack of conveying this to a young audience without being patronising. I loved that we get to see America confront the problems in their society and her realisation that the country’s history isn5 as black and white as they claim. I also loved that we got to see a vulnerable side of Prince Maxon which I thought gave him more depth and showing in someways when it comes to the other candidate’s affections he plays into the character of the playboy prince and is slightly conceded. I thoroughly enjoyed this tense followup to the first novel and found to like most of the candidates and see some character progression. Even in rather calm scenes their is always an underhanded game being played and can never be sure of the curve balls thrown. Ultimately by the author whittling down the number of candidates in the previous novel to now six they gain insight into the possible duties a princess may have to perform when is it agree with the morals or not and that is what makes it interesting is seeing their reactions to all the duty and Sacrifice that comes with the glitz, glamour and status. It’s a ploy to see if any could any of them fill the role of Princess or queen and where we as readers see their distinctive personalities come out into play behind all the etiquette they are taught.