At last The Selection series finally comes to an end. It was definitely an interesting series, but to me it lost its magic and its charm after the first two books. However, I simply could not get this far and not finish it.
Title: The Crown
Author: Kiera Cass
Date published: Mat 3rd 2016
Page Count: 279
When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illéa to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone.
Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairytale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more impossible—and more important—than she ever imagined.
The Selection series comes to an end as we see Eadlyn reach the end of her own selection as well as become the Ruler of her Country. The Crown is an OK romance book, but it lacks the magic that was present in the first two books of the series.
I found The Crown to be underwhelming. All of the plot points were very cliche and too simple-relying too heavily on the slow romance that was built in the first book. Who Eadlyn ended up making her Elite, and then the two who she ultimately decided to decide between was obvious even from the start. I also just could not get past some of the decisions both Eadlyn and her family made, how they were justified, and how there were no consequences. The point of the Selection and all of the positive media her and her advisors are promoting is to try to qualm the public unrest after the dissolution of the castes. However ,multiple times Eadlyn breaks the rules of the traditional selection and *spoiler* at the end decides to change the country to a constitutional monarchy-justifying it by the fact that her parents have broken the rules multiple times and are not ‘traditional.’ It just felt a little simple and unrealistic and the overall plot of the story really let down what could have been an interesting romance story.
I also found myself struggling to understand the setting of the book- in particular the world that the book is set in, which is often the most important aspect of any series i start reading. If i cannot understand and believe where and when the book is set, it makes it hard for me to enjoy the story being told. This was the case with The Crown, and the previous book ‘The Heir’. I wanted more development on the setting and how Eadlyn fits in as a ruler as well as what Eadlyn is up against as she works to get public approval.
Lastly the characters were forgettable, even Eadlyn the main character. I found none of the boys had the same presence or the charm as the girls in the first three books. This probably had to do with the fact this selection was written as two books, and Eadlyn did not spend much, if any, time with the boys on dates or other events. The few times we saw the interact as a group or one of the few one-on-one moments gave us a hint at what each of the characters were like if they were given the time to be developed and explored fully.
This is a short review, but The Crown is a short book. It just failed to capture the magic and romance that filled the pages of the first two books in the Series-the Selection and the Elite. While it was a perfectly OK romance book I just felt that it lacked plot and character development and complexity. At least I am happy with which boy in the end won the heart of Eadlyn.