America Singer lives in a future dystopian America in which everyone has been divided up into distinct social castes. Social pariah Eights are at the bottom of the spectrum, while the elite Ones rule the nation. America is dating Aspen, a man below her caste, but then has the opportunity to vie for a position as a princess and a One through a Bachelor-like reality competition designed to win the heart of Prince Maxon. Political unrest threatens the selection process and the country, while America finds her heart frozen between two men.
Like the Matched series I read previously this year, the first book in this trilogy has a wonderful premise, but while the tension holds up in book two, the plot comes to a confusing and then rushed conclusion in book three. I think it could have been better if the final decision for princess was made in book two. Then, book three could have focused on life outside the palace, political changes, and the dual revolutions taking place to the north and south.
If you love The Bachelor and you have a hankering for more dystopian lit, then check out the series. I did enjoy the novels. However, by book three, the love-triangle was unnecessary and the passion and love between the prince and princess did not seem as genuine. I also think that the author missed an opportunity to fully explore the political and social themes she set up in the first two novels. I haven't read the fourth book yet, but I hope to soon.
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