Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Age Recommended: 14 and up
I found this book to be the most exciting out of all three in The Selection series and I can’t wait to read The Heir next which is the fourth book in this series that I actually didn’t know existed until the author tweeted about writing a fifth one!!
America has made it to the top three contestants- however, now she will be put to the real test.
America has to see her fellow competitor flogged when she falls in love with a guard at the palace. America is afraid of confessing her love for Aspen in case the same happens to her. When America tries to rescue her friend from the flogging, she is stopped by Maxon. Later she confronts him about the injustice of this rule but he says that there is nothing he can do about it and even if there was, he would be afraid to cross his father.
America is outraged by this and she demands to go talk to the king himself about it. However, she is not in the king’s good graces and Maxon points out that any further arguments could cause her to be eliminated from the Selection or even worse, be sentenced to death.
In addition, Maxon almost finds out about America and Aspen’s relationship. America is scared that she and Aspen will be flogged, or worse, executed. Maxon approaches her and tells her that he loves her, but her duty will be to him and only him if she marries him. She will have to forget about all others and she will have to obey his parents. America is uncertain and Maxon gives her a few days to sort out her thoughts.
Who will America choose: Aspen or Maxon?
If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: The One (The Selection)