Published by HarperTeen on May 5th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopia, Romance
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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.
Okay, truth be told, I actually do not like Eadlyn at the start, because she struck me as bratty and spoiled, so unlike America. America was different in the way that she was strong and brave, and so-not-entitled. Eadlyn, on the other hand, was super entitled, thinking only for herself. She also had a very strong sense of independence and pretty much has something against guys. Like, she really really hates the Selection.
For some reason though, my annoyance at Eadlyn kinda faded away after awhile because the side characters made up for it. America, Maxon and even her siblings, and the Selection boys were amazing, funny and spent most of the book making me laugh or tear up. Also, we got to see how Eadlyn’s character actually develop to something better, someone better and we get to see a different side of Maxon and America. I mean, I bet we all thought that after The One, Maxon and America would finally receive their happy ending. But then again, life doesn’t work that way, and the author showed that part, the part where happily ever after doesn’t really exist.
There was also that distinct difference between Eadlyn’s Selection and America’s Selection. I half-expected there to be full of dramas, but surprisingly, it’s pretty calm, probably because this Selection is filled with guys, and guys don’t do dramas.
I really cannot wait to read The Crown, because I am seriously curious as to how the story will pick up, especially after that ending. THAT ENDING. GEESH.