The Selection series is my guilty pleasure.
If you’ve never read the series, it’s essentially The Bachelor/The Bachelorette set in a dystopian future and with royalty. I also suggest you stop reading this review if you haven’t read the series as there are spoilers for the first four books here.
The Heir (Book #4) takes place twenty years after the first three books and we find ourselves thrust into another selection. Except this time the girl chooses from a group of boys. The girl, Eadlyn, is of course the daughter of America and Maxon—the subjects of the first three books.
The Crown (Book #5) picks up where The Heir ends: right after we find out America has had a shocking heart attack and then follows Eadlyn to the end of The Selection.
Yes, the whole premise of this series is totally corny and there isn’t anything spectacular about the actual writing itself, but it’s so adorable and addictive. It’s kind of like watching bad reality TV, you know it’s bad, but you keep looking for more because you enjoy it on some strange level.
Overall, I did find it a great conclusion to the series. It was definitely predictable, but I think if Kiera Cass ended it any other way it wouldn’t have worked, and I would have walked away feeling like all the time I put into reading this series was a waste.
All of the books in the series are quick reads, but I found I got through The Crown much faster than the others. It was very short: 278 pages. To put that into perspective, the four other books are all more than 300 pages. Since this was the last book and it was so short, it felt rushed.
I like who she ends up with but I wish we had more build up and a longer look at the relationships between all of the guys who were left in The Crown. Again, I feel this final book was far too short for a series closer. I wanted more side plots, more tension, more of a conclusion.
Yes, these five books have been drawn out when it really could have been just three, but I don’t care. I want more.
I want to experience another Selection.
Thanks so much to HarperCollins UK Children’s for approving me for a copy on Netgalley!