Author: Kiera Cass
Genre: Science Fiction YA
First Published: 2013
Page Count: 323
Film/ TV Adaptation: No
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Note: Book 2 of The Selection series
While the second book in the series ups the stakes in terms of action, it spends too much time revisiting and rehashing much of what was established in book one instead of building from it.
* Repetitive *Slow Start *Unbelievable Love Triangle
“Love is beautiful fear.” America has made it through the selection into the group known as the Elite. There are only six girls left competing for Prince Maxon’s heart and the crown. However, America is still struggling to decide whether she wants to start a new life as Maxon’s queen or take the safe path and return home to be with her first love Aspen.
I immediately bought this book after finishing The Selection because I was curious to see how the author would build on where we left off. The raids on the castle are more intense, but it is also the battle between the final Elite that brings a lot of the books action. The book takes a bit of a darker turn as the competition gets more serious and makes the first half of the selection in book one look like a fun night on Family Feud.Without these interesting twists in the plot, which mostly come near the second part of this book, I doubt I’d be able to continue on with this series.
There was an expectation that book two would be much different then book one because you don’t want to read a carbon copy of the previous book. However, the beginning of the book is very slow for just that reason. The reader is dulled into reading about the monotony of the daily lives of the remaining girls (get up, eat breakfast, go to the Women’s Room, maybe see Maxon, eat dinner, go to bed, etc). And even the relationship between Maxon and America and America and Aspen that was so well established in the first book is destroyed in this one with her constant floundering between the two. Some days Maxon is the only man who has ever made her feel this way and other days it’s so clear to America that she will never love Maxon as much as she loves Aspen. It’s exhausting and unrealistic to imagine a girl, even a teenage girl, going from one extreme end of the spectrum to another with these guys.
Amazon told me that for $8 I can have book three in the series at the house by the end of the day. But, unlike when I finished book one, I’m not feeling as strong a desire to jump into book three right away. If we had been given a better look at what’s going on in the world outside of the competition and more of an idea about who America wants to be with I might be more inclined to move onto book three without a break between books like I’m considering now. I’ll continue with the series but I have a lukewarm appreciation of it at this point.