Release date: 23rd April 2013
The Selection gets fierce as rivals stake their claim on the Prince.Six girls, one life-changing prizeAmerica Singer will leave her pre-destined life for a world of glamour and luxury, if she winsBut surviving The Selection is tough. Rivals are battling to become Prince Maxons 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. Americas 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?
I was swooning seriously in book one of this series so you can imagine my excitement when I got book 2. I dove straight in, I was so eager to pick up where book 1 left off. The thirty-five girls have been reduced to only 6 and Maxon is starting to feel the pressure. Somewhere in there we have established that he has serious feelings for America and if she could just admit she felt the same way he would end everything and choose her. But America has her doubts, can she really be a princess? Can she handle the responsibility? And also let not leave out the fact that Aspen is now working in the Palace and their stolen moments are causing her to doubt herself even more.
This series is like being on a serious roller coaster, as I just couldn’t stop turning pages finding out what will happen next. I found America really annoying in this book as she blatantly was making silly decisions, but wait she is what? Only sixteen or seventeen right? So adolescent hormones will do that most of the time. Also in some situations Maxon could have helped matters to assure her. We see Maxon and America get even closer as he starts to trust her with not only information but a few more secrets which we can assume he doesn’t share with the other ladies.
We get to know a bit more about The King and Queen as they just seemed so far removed from a lot of the happenings in book one. I think the queen was awesome, she is what you would call a cool mum if she wasn’t a queen. The King on the other hand is a totally different story, we got to see how not so close he is with his son in quite a few ways. We get to also see what kind of man he really is and it made me think about what lengths he would go to manipulate and control those around him.
In terms of the ladies I don’t really like Kriss although there isn’t much to fault her she just seems sickly sweet, like if she got chosen the mask would fall off and we would see who she really is. America’s friendship with Marlee is constantly growing although she suspects Marlee is keeping a secret and soon we get to find out about it. I keep wishing America will just sit quietly and be obedient but hey, who am I kidding the curve balls she throws make the story that much more fun and makes her appear that much more human. I wont lie, a few of her actions in this book made me actually think about what I would have done if I were in her shoes. there was soo much that happened in this book 2 that I believe it is the most eventful of the series.
There is also way too much back and forth between Maxon and America in this one and it gets annoying and all America can do is run to Aspen for comfort which makes it harder for her to let him go, and she knows she needs to let go at some point. We continue to watch the story unfold as Maxon has to make the choice soon and the public of Illea seem to want America.