* I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review *
Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s Books
Release Date: May 3rd 2016
Summary (from Goodreads):
Twenty years have passed since the events of The One, and America and Maxon’s daughter is the first princess to hold a Selection of her own. Princess Eadlyn didn’t think she would find a real partner among the Selection’s thirty-five suitors, let alone true love. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you… and now Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more difficult—and more important—than she ever expected.
I requested this on NetGalley despite not having read all of the previous book, The Heir – I had a sample of the first few chapters but never got round to getting the whole book. Still I was interested in seeing how the series ended, so after a quick catch up on the events of The Heir I was ready to go.
It didn’t feel that Eadlyn had changed much from the last book: she was still very self-obsessed and selfish and I didn’t particularly like her. Unfortunately, my opinion of her didn’t change much throughout the book. While I could see she was genuinely interested in helping her people, so much of her inner monologue was still about herself and people’s perceptions of her and it got a bit tiresome.
My main problem with this was that it didn’t seem to have much point to it. With the previous Selection books, while there was a big focus on the love story and the competition, there were more serious plot lines throughout with the danger of the rebels. This book lacked that threat. While there was something that threatened Eadlyn a little, it was nowhere near as dramatic and it came over half way through the book. It just felt like the real conflict was lacking.
I liked the final outcome of the Selection, which was not completely unexpected but fitted well with the story and characters. I was a little disappointed with Hale’s storyline. It’s difficult to say without spoilers, but it just felt like stereotyping and I kind of wanted more than that. Hopefully you’ll understand what I mean when you read it!
This series has been a bit like a guilty pleasure: although I don’t think the stories are really gripping or amazing, I do enjoy them and I can’t help but race through them. It was an interesting end to the series, and I will make sure I catch up with The Heir properly soon.