So what do you do when you’ve lost the trust of the person who loves you, have made an enemy of his father, and have forced the other guy you love away? Well, you try to win a competition by pulling out all the stops. America Singer is one of the final four in The Selection. She was almost on her way home, but a rebel attack saved her. But she has a lot of ground to make up. Maxon has lost his trust in her. King Clarkson has made it clear that she will never marry his son as long as he’s alive. And the other girls have more of a hold on Maxon than they did when this competition started. But America won’t give up. She loves Maxon and she wants to be the One.
If you don’t want any spoilers stop reading now because the next few paragraphs are going to be very spoiler heavy. Compared to The Elite, I wasn’t annoyed with America’s temper. She had a lot of valid reasons to be pissed off in this book. The King was a complete and utter tool, I’m surprised he lasted so long. When he was killed in the final pages, I was so excited. Besides I was also curious as to one thing… Before America left for Carolina, Clarkson made a deal with her, she’d be allowed to marry Maxon if she did a series of propaganda videos for him. She told him no. Maxon told him that she would when she got back. But the subject was never brought up again before Maxon unofficially proposed. So…did Maxon do something while she was away to convince his father? Hm…
Anyway, another thing that I liked was the camaraderie between the remaining members of the Elite and the Queen. It was beautiful and hilarious and I really started developing an appreciation of Celeste – seriously she became my favorite character – and wished that Cass had continued on with that. But instead, she did something horrible, that I had to go back and read again just to make sure it actually happened. She killed off Celeste. If she had done that back in book one, I might have cheered, but after all that trouble to make her likable, I was devastated. Why? Why couldn’t she have killed off Elise? Then again, I wouldn’t have liked that either, but it would have been a better option than Celeste and Queen Amberly.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. The final third of this book had me going through so many emotions it wasn’t funny. I was happy that Maxon and America were finally together. Devastated when America’s father died (which is why this book is only getting 4 stars and not 5). Thrilled when America finally had it out with her brother Kota. Downright giddy when Maxon chose America. Broken hearted when Maxon discovered that the man she had previously loved was Aspen all along. Shocked at Maxon’s coldness towards her and even more shock when he leaped in front of a bullet for her. I needed a stiff drink after I was done reading this one. But I loved every minute of it.
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