I finally picked up and read the next book of ‘The Selection’ series after having it sit on my iPad to read for months. While i enjoyed the first three books of the series, this one was not as enjoyable and a little bit lacklustre.
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.
From one cliche to another. The first three books focused on America and her experience being one of the Selected, and this book (and the ones to come) focus on her Daughter and her experience being the Selector. In summary the Bachelor and The Bachelorette in book form with some alternate universe aspects thrown in.
While America was such a likeable character, Eadlyn is the complete opposite. She comes off to me, and to many of the characters in the book, as elitist, distant, privileged and unable to form meaningful and rewarding friendships with people. She wholeheartedly focuses on her work and preparing for the role of taking the Crown once her father steps down. She is stressed and feels the pressure on her- rightly so as she is the first female heir to the throne and will be taking the crown while society is still rebuilding from the whole restructure and elimination of the Caste system. Nonetheless her behaviour is…annoying to put it simply. I understand the direction Cass wanted to take with the character. To have a strong female character who is dedicated to her work, feels the pressure and expectations of not only her family but a nation, and so shuts people out our of fear of getting hurt or being vulnerable and ‘weak’, but it could have been done without making her seem so mean.
However this does leave room for character development, and we see Eadlyn come out of her shell and make friends with many of the boys selected. The boys are my highlights of the book- from Kile someone she grew up with but did not give the time of day until they were forced to interact in the Selection; Eam the one other person who may be more calculating than Eadlyn; Henri the boy from Swedenway who does not speak english but tries so hard to impress her; and Erik who is Henri’s translator and is seemingly coping with being put in an awkward position, the middle man between two people who are dating. She has such different dynamics with each of the boys and we get the other side, what Maxon was feeling when he was in the selection.
Something was lacking in this book. Compared to the first book it was just the Bachelorette in book form, as opposed to something different and new, with some political and action elements like the first three in the series. I have a feeling i know what will happen int he next books, the possible love triangle and scandals, as these books are very predictable. I’ll definitley finish the series, I came this far and it was an enjoyable read, but there are some things that are stopping it from being a good book. It was just ‘OK’.