The Prince by Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #0.5
Published by: HarperTeen on March 5, 2013
Source: Barnes and Noble
Rating: 4 stars
Synopsis: “Before thirty-five girls were chosen to compete in the Selection…
Before Aspen broke America’s heart…
There was another girl in Prince Maxon’s life…
Don’t miss this thrilling 64-page original novella set in the world of the New York Times bestselling novel The Selection.”
Review: The Prince is a novella that takes place during the events of the first book in this series, The Selection. It’s written from Prince Maxon’s POV (*squeal*) and shows us what he was thinking before and during his first conversation with America.
For those of you that aren’t familiar with The Selection, it’s a trilogy set in a futuristic America that has fallen and been renamed “Illea”, complete with a royal family. Whenever a prince grows old enough to marry and take over the throne, a lottery called The Selection, where one girl from each region is sent to the palace to be dressed up and eliminated by the prince, almost like “The Bachelor”. The Selection follows America Singer as she is “selected” and sent to be judged by Prince Maxon. I normally don’t enjoy books that are romance-centered, but this one exceeded my expectations.
Now back to The Prince…
This was just great. I wish Kiera Cass would write the whole series again from Maxon’s perspective. You get to see all the pre-Selection chaos of the palace, you read Maxon’s real feelings about meeting thirty-five strangers and having to choose a wife from among them. You find out about all his anxieties and wishes and fears. Beyond that, your suspicions about the Selection process are confirmed when you see the King from Maxon’s eyes. Best of all, you get Maxon’s side of his and America’s first meeting. How crying girls make him uncomfortable, how he just took in her beauty like one would consume a glass of water. It was beautifully done.
The missing star is due to Daphne, Maxon’s only “girl” friend. She just wasn’t a believable character. Altogether, this is a great accompaniment to The Selection and The Elite, and should be read between the two books, not before The Selection.
- The Prince by Kiera Cass (wereallmadherebookblog.wordpress.com)