I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one, honestly. There are so many mixed reviews, and I read more bad ones than good ones. This book was supposed to be the sequel that never should have happened. BUT. I loved it and it’s my favorite one in the series so far.
Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she’d put off marriage for as long as possible.
But a princess’s life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can’t escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests.
Eadlyn doesn’t expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn’s heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought.
Likes: I love Eadlyn. Unpopular opinion right there. But I do. Yes, she can be selfish. But you know what? People are selfish. She’s a believable character, and that makes her a good character. This book also shows the aftermath of all the political decisions made in The One, and I think it portrays them in a really plausible way. There’s no way to quick-fix a broken government, and this book shows that really well. This book is also super feminist! Eadlyn makes a lot of really clear comments on her own agency and bodily autonomy that I really appreciated. It sends a really good message. Finally, all of the boys in her Selection are delightful. There are about four of them I would be happy to see her with. Also! Let’s not forget all of the Maxon and America old married couple cuteness.
Dislikes: I really can’t think of anything that I didn’t like about this book.
Tune in next week for my review of Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard!