America has made it to The Elite. Her and the 5 other women she is still competing with are now expected to learn about matters of state and are given several tasks to test their knowledge and skills in that area. We all wish America could focus on her duties as probable princess of Illea, but unfortunately, she’s too busy pushing Maxon away while simultaneously fearing that she’s losing his heart to deal with any official duties. Will she be able to pull through and get her job done? I guess we’ll see in The One.
I’ve shown you so many of my secrets, defended you in every way I can. But when you aren’t pleased with me, you act rashly. You shut me out, blame me, or, most impressively, try to change the entire country.
A large part of this book was America sulking and being paranoid. I get it, you finally admit you like him, and now you have to share him. She spends her time side-eyeing the competition and looking to give Maxon a piece of her mind (even if it pushes him further away) in this book. America, honey, I get it. Your life is so hard. But please stop.
America likes to forget events that happened pages ago. She forgot about the diary she had hidden in her piano seat… multiple times. She forgets the things she tells her father and details about events with Maxon. Another example wasn’t pages ago, but a whole book ago: she’s forgotten that Maxon is sending money to the Provinces for lower castes to have soup kitchens. It makes her narrative seem disingenuous an unreliable.
The drama with Marlee was exciting. Anyone who was paying attention could see it from a mile away, but still. It’s nice to see her get her happy ending. I also like that we get to know Kriss a little better (well, we got to know Kriss as well as any other character in the story). We hardly got to see her in the last novel, so it was a nice change of pace. Natalie and Elise are background characters at this point. There’s no way around it. All we know about Natalie is that she’s not quite right in the head (her character was even given a cheap way out on the philanthropy projects all the girls had to do), and all we know about Elise is that her family has ‘connections’ to New Asia. Where New Asia is and what those connection are, sadly, the world may never know.
The rebels attacked very often in this book. It feels like a device to keep the action from falling too hard when we’re frustrated about Maxon’s attention being elsewhere. It does its job, but it’s a little obvious about it. I enjoyed the interaction between America and the rebel in the wood. It was revealing about the Northern rebels as a whole, and it was funny to see.
- 3/5 will continue the series
- A little lackluster
- America is a sulky, paranoid lil girl
- We get to see more (inconsequential) characters. Yay.
- The rebels are the most interesting part of the series