Cass’ much-awaited sequel to the blockbuster The Selection does not disappoint. The plot is fascinating, and there are several twists few will anticipate. Readers may take issue with the love triangle, where the fact that Maxon knows nothing of Aspen makes it seem less like competition and more like cheating. Nonetheless, this is a great novel.
When America arrived at the palace, she was one of the dozens of girls competing to marry Prince Maxon. Now six girls remain, and things are getting serious. America begins to understand that not only is she competing to marry the man that she may or may not love, but she is also racing to become the next queen. She is forced to face trials she never could have imagined and question truths she thought irrefutable. None of this is made easier by the continued presence of Aspen, her past love. (HARPERTEEN, Apr., 336 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9780062059963, HC, 13 & Up)