This is a review of the third book, so some of the summary stuff and my review will contain spoilers of the first two. It won't contain spoilers for this book, but I wanted to warn you in case you had never read the first books.
Release Date: May 6, 2014
Publisher: Harper Teen
Keywords: royalty, dystopia, love
Format Read: library book
Books Reviewed by Author: The Selection & The Elite
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For any of you that were following my updates on Twitter, you were well aware that I was having a hard time with this one. Basically I just didn't want to start it because I didn't want the series to be over. I was so insanely attached to everything that was happening in these books that I desperately wanted to cling to this last book. I tried to read it slowly. I tried to take breaks. But the inevitable happened. I finished it in one night.
What struck me most about the first book was the world Cass set up. It was so insanely detailed and believable, and I had no trouble understanding what had happened to this society. By this book, what was focused on most were the characters. Everyone had their own lives going on, and Cass didn't forget about minor characters when it came to the plot. It felt so real because she didn't neglect the side people, and she realized they would still have things going on, too. America's maids had their own problems that were held back for a while, making those super compelling, and I was dying to know what happened. America's other competitors (coughcoughCELESTE) became so much more interesting, even more so than they already were.
And this book is where the plot really picks up. The second book revolved mostly around the Selection process, and this one, being that there were only four girls left, was all about the rebels and what was going on outside the castle walls. So there was a lot more action and suspense and the right amount of me going "WHAT" to keep it moving at such a quick pace, obviously I was not able to resist and put the book down.
Basically I have nothing more to say other than that, described by the lovely Andi @ Andi's ABCs, as her book crack. That's really what this is. I can't think of a series more perfect for binge-reading (and a little crying) than this one.
*Update* Kiera Cass announced recently that two more full-length Selection Series novels will be following, set in a different character's point of view. Who's excited? THIS GIRL.