For the four girls who
remain at the palace, the friendships they’ve formed, rivalries they’ve
struggled with and dangers they’ve faced have bound them to each other
for the rest of their lives.
Now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen.
never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown – or
to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the competition approaches its end and
the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realises
just how much she stands to lose – and how hard she’ll have to fight
for the future she wants.
This ended how I thought it would but not exactly in the way that I
expected. Which was both good and bad. Mostly because I didn't want it
to end that way.
A couple of things really got annoying. While
America wasn't quite so wishy-washy in this book as the 2nd, she still
cried all. the. time. About everything. Happy, sad, frustrated, angry,
humiliated, touched, excited; There is no emotion for which this girl
does not shed tears. I can't tell you how much that irritates me. It's
so a) immature and b) ridiculous and c) just plain annoying. I don't
know how people cry that much. Seriously. Maybe the author thought it
made the story more dramatic. Which it did. But it wasn't a good thing.
happened to Anne? I want to know. And the other girl that helped
America on the street? What happened to her? It was almost as if that
entire scene could have been taken out of the book because it had no
The final climactic scene felt like a cop-out. All of the problems solved in one fell swoop. Too convenient for me.
and during this entire series America and everyone else refers to
dating the prince to see if they fall in love as the competition. "Are
you still competing?" "Are you still trying to win?" I basically think
it's a recipe for future infidelity. These girls don't feel comfortable
or secure enough to be completely themselves or let Maxon in completely
and they always feel like they're being compared to the other girls that
they know Maxon has some kind of feelings for. And, on Maxon's end, his
only romantic experience has been dating multiple girls at once. How
does anyone expect him to get used to just one girl when he finally
chooses who he'll marry. And does the idea that Maxon can choose any one
of them and they'll accept no matter what make anyone else angry? If I
was in this competition I'd try to make it to the top just so I could
refuse a marriage proposal out of spite. No matter how I felt about the
prince. Duty before feelings, right, Elise? And I know Cass touched on
this issue a bit but it wasn't enough to quell my anger.
America is way too open with her feelings. She talks to everyone about
how she feels. And explains her feelings in great detail. Just... bleh.
No one talks like that. Especially not to near-perfect strangers. Why
does she do that? And the author also touched on this a bit but never
fixed it; America never does anything to prove how she feels toward
Maxon. He's always making gestures big and small but she never does
anything for him except kiss him once in a while. When she feels like
it. She was just so temperamental and irritating. And selfish and
immature. (to see my spoiler comments, feel free to go here.)
And I still think the fake future world in which this takes place is dumb. And the Northern rebels don't make sense to me.
I don't think he would have turned out the way he was presented in this
book. With all the pampering and training and polishing and
manipulation and abuse I think he would have been a bit different. Even
if he did turn out to be a nice, decent guy he would have at least been
more skeptical or something. I don't know. I liked him and in a
different setting I would have found him believable. But not here.
Although I loved (and hated) his reaction to America's attempted
seduction. Highly entertaining.
Oh! And the way they talked bothered me; Everyone sounded outdated. Not
futuristic, not even modern. It sounded like everyone spoke like they
were in a Jane Austen novel. If this is supposed to be the future, I'm
betting language would have evolved somehow or at least stayed as lazy
as Americans are now. It was too formal, too stiff. Not very believable.
So, all in all, the series has
been an entertaining fluff read. I read all of it and just could not put
it down but I scoffed and rolled my eyes a lot. I wouldn't read it
again and can't decide if I'd want to read anything else by this author.
Sexual Content: Moderate (make-out scenes, a very vague idea that characters had sex)
Violence: Moderate (some fight scenes, a few deaths, nothing too gory)