Normally I wouldn’t talk too much about the plot in a review for the second book in a series but the title alone of this book gives away where it picks up the story. We are down to the final six girls known as the Elite out of the 35 that started competing for Prince Maxon’s heart and the crown. The girls begin to be given tasks to prove that they are worthy of becoming the next Princess of Illea and continue with their dates with Prince Maxon.
This book in my opionion was slightly better than the Selection rating 3.5 stars from me. It didn’t seem to compare to other stories as much and just continued where it left off in the first book. There’s still the hint of the Bachelor in there as they are still competing for one man but it’s not as obvious as all the Hunger Games similarities were to me.
America at times can be a bit too wishy washy to really get to love her character. She can seem so strong and independent at one moment but then completely naive and somewhat on the dumb side the next. And it really doesn’t have to do with the love triangle as much as her questioning everything else although her constant questioning of Maxon and not just communicating with him also needs work.
The story line with the rebels searching for something seemed a bit obvious to me right from the moment it was mentioned so I wasn’t surprised to learn what they were stealing. I’d like to have seen more of this angle of the plot than the dating to be honest. It seems a lot of the world around the palace and the selection gets brief mentions then put on the back burner so still hoping to learn more in the next book.
Overall, not the best writing but still a light, fun read.