The Crown (The Selection #5) by Kiera Cass

Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Pages: 278
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance
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Let me start by saying that I’ve had a love-hate relationship with the whole Selection series. I adored book one, read it in one sitting. But then the three that followed, including The Heir, were major let downs. HOWEVER, The Crown totally redeemed the series for me. I couldn’t put it down! I read it in less than 24 hours. I also teared up at some points because the emotions became too much.

One of the reasons that I didn’t care much for The Heir is because I despised Eadlyn. She was cold-hearted and entitled. She loved her family but made sure her needs were met before theirs. Eadlyn’s character finally began to evolve in The Crown. Not only does she admit that she’s taken advantage of many of the people in her life, but she actively tries to right those wrongs. She makes a lot of personal sacrifices in The Crown.

The Selection series has never been very dark. Yes, there’s a tad of violence and people do get injured and sometimes killed, but the series has never really focused much on those parts. It’s always been about the characters in a sort of soap opera way. This doesn’t mean it isn’t as compelling; it’s just a different type of dystopian than the others out there.

For instance, Eadlyn is a force to be reckoned with, but not in the way that Katniss and Tris are. She doesn’t kick butt with her hands or weapons, she kicks butt with her words and wisdom. It’s refreshing to have a strong female character who doesn’t physically beat up the bad guys to save the day.

Overall I was thoroughly impressed with this last book…? I think it’s the last book/I hope it is because I’m extremely satisfied with how it ended. Sacrifices are made, but in the end Eadlyn makes decisions that end the series on a happy note. There’s some worlds that I want to keep revisiting like Mead’s Vampire Academy series *hint hint*, but The Selection is one that I really hope doesn’t get returned to. I think that it ended with a bang and I’d hate for another spin-off to reverse its progress.

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4 stakes! For above expectations and because I couldn’t put the damn thing down! Haha.

2 Comments

  1. I have to admit that I only skimmed your review because, having read only the first book in the series, I didn't want to chance any possible spoilers. I agree that The Selection was a lot of fun. And I've heard plenty of rants about the series as a whole. But I'm excited to see that you were happy with the series wrap-up. That's really encouraging!

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

  2. I feel like I will probably never actually read this series? Mostly because it bugs me that they did a spinoff that spoiled the initial series bwhaha. BUT I am glad that Eadlyn was able too redeem herself! I know so many people despised her in the 1st/4th book, so I am glad that there's at least a good ending after all those books! Great review!

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