The first sentence: “When we got the letter in the post, my mother was ecstatic.”
Thoughts from the first and second chapter:
The writing style (first person, again) and voice pulls you in very quickly. Also you’re wondering about what the talk of numbers has to do with this story, and so you easily flip through the pages to understand what she’s going on about with a letter and royalty. She doesn’t want to be a One. Umm, why not? Do these main characters never want the super, amazing, special thing/position ever in books? Doesn’t seem like it. Oh, and yes, another female character who denies her beauty, but it’s sooo obvious to everyone else. The secret boyfriend: Uhh..okay? Will this turn into some kind of a love triangle or what? And apparently.
Main Character: America Singer (Yeah, really).
I have no problems with names, usually. America was a pretty common name for girls at some point in history. I have a few Americas in my family tree and so do a lot of other people, but does it make sense in this story where the country itself doesn’t exist anymore? Maybe or maybe not, depending on what you want to believe.
The Plot: Well, it’s a fairly simple one. 35 girls compete to become the prince’s wife. Although, it really wasn’t much of a competition or so it seemed to me. America didn’t really have to try and she didn’t.
The other characters:
America’s family: I liked them for the most part. I could understand why her mother wanted her to join the competition. A chance for a better life.
Aspen: I didn’t get why he wanted America to join the competition. That whole what if excuse didn’t work for me. For some reason I just didn’t like him at all.
Prince Maxon: I do like this character, but I wonder how he didn’t know that the lower caste people were going hungry and stealing to provide for their families in the first place.
Princess wannabes: Most of them, well, were meant to be unlikable. Celeste for example. She was a total witch with a capital B.
Annoying Things: A competition was promised, but there wasn’t much past a few angry glares and whispering behind America’s back, let alone a real competition where they do more than just take pictures and whatever. Aspen, I couldn’t stand him for some reason.
Overall: This book was entertaining for what it was. The issues with this book can be pretty easily ignored for just the quickness of the read and the entertainment factor.
Also I ship Prince Maxon and America.
Will I read the other two books: 50/50 chance. It was good, but not enough to excite me to continue.