Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher: Harper Teen (2013)
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...
I can’t tell you how much I truly wanted to read this one and how eager, now even more, I am for The Elite! I read The Selection not a long ago and I not only loved the concept and America’s passionate and friendly personality, as I also felt mesmerized by the way Kiera tells her story. Her writing is so amazingly beautiful and easy and simple and natural that I just couldn’t way not a teeny tiny little bit longer to read more from her.
This novella was a surprise as I actually started to really like Maxon. He’s so much more real here, we can seriously sense his insecurities towards the selection and understand all the pressure he’s in, not just ‘cause of the contest and the need to find a wife, but mostly due to his fathers expectations and behaviour concerning him. In The Selection I think he came out a little too flat, but in The Prince he genuinely shows himself and all of his limitations in his own life—Daphne is a great example of precisely that. She was the perfect way out, the easiest union, but Maxon’s father would never allow it… even if she would be his son’s most wanted woman on the planet.
It was so awesomely great to see the other side of so many key moments when America’s perspective was the only one I knew. And it was even funnier to realize that some of the things that America and the other selection girls thought of a couple of Maxon’s reactions were, in fact, so wrong and so completely away from the truth—these were definitely my favourite moments of this novella!
In overall, The Prince is a very good addition to everyone who read and enjoyed The Selection and wants to better understand what motivated Maxon and what was going on on his life prior to the whole selection and wife thing. To someone like me who didn’t quite felt convinced by this character, this is the one thing that’s going to change that—and to those who found in Maxon a bright and sweet companion, this is the short story you won’t want to miss.