So, now more than eighty percent of the girls in The Selection, the palace's way to find the new princess of Illea, have gone home, mostly because recently there was a nasty Southerners attack. Honestly, this palace gets so many rebel attacks, the amount drastically increasing since The Selection began, it's insane. The difference between the Northerners and Southerners? The Northerners are looking for something, Prince Maxon believes, because they never kill anyone. The Southerners on the other hand, are pure terrorists who want to overtake the palace and create even more grief in The American State of China than there already is. So now with only six girls left, and some of them only here because of strategic purposes, including America's best friend and her biggest enemy, who will Maxon choose? And who will America choose? She's fighting herself over two boys and she can't tell either person for reasons other than embarrassment, trust me.
Now, I think I'll start my review by saying this book is just like comparing America's dresses in their covers expertly designed by Gustavo Marx; if you like the last dress/book, you'll like this dress/book and if you hated the first book then you'll almost certainly hate this book. Throughout the book, America keeps saying she needs more time and she understands completely, and this time the book seems to be made so certain story elements from the first book that left unfinished can end up more serious, such as the punishment for already being in love when in The Selection, as well as America's thoughts of if she can be the next Princess of Illea now that she is one of six rather than one of thirty-five. Essentially, it's a war between Maxon and Aspen for America, and America versus the diva Celeste in the process, and the thought of her rep lightly mixed in, and for Maxon and Aspen, it's a matter of time when someone messes up and America will go for the next, because each boy has their flaws but that's something America can never say. She has just hated the Selection as a way of Maxon finding a girl and yet the things he does for her make the conflict to me impossible to stop thinking about until you've read the last page. While in the end, maybe not much happened and some stuff was ridiculous, this is a very easy book to read.
While it occasionally seems like this and The Selection could have been one book, I'm grateful it isn't since both books were easy to flip through and I can talk about the progress of this one. To me, this book gives off a lot of winks saying the next book, The One, will be better, but it also says, And Here Are The Reasons Why. And there are a lot of reasons why shown here that left me pumped. The Selection series is admirable and conflictual, and as the girls are eliminated more and more you can feel the tension between America and her two lovers strengthen with each chapter.
Oh, and which dress do you think you like better?