Summary from Goodreads:
Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.
America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.
Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.
In this love triangle I think it is clear which couple will come out. Aspen was not explored as a character. We know he still loves America and clings on to hope she will still marry him. On the other hand, many facets of Prince Maxon's character came to light.
There wasn't much progress on the plot regarding the rebellions. Once again, the royals and the Elite are forced into hiding whenever the Northerners and Southerners attack and casualties are suffered when they come out of hiding. The message on the walls 'We are coming' wasn't cryptic and so it did not elicit any surprise or dreaded anticipation of what would be coming.
I liked that The Elite drew itself away from being a mere cat fighting contest and required the Queen candidates not only to look pretty but to carry out duties such as event preparations and showcasing their ideas.
I'm interested in reading the last book to see what hardships the current King of Illea will throw in America's path.