Title: The Crown
Author: Kiera Cass
Publication Date: May 2016
Two Sentence Synopsis: A dire situation forces Eadlyn to take on more responsibility on top of continuing her Selection. Though she doubts that she will find fairytale love like her parents did, the princess knows that she must do what is right for her country.
Review: Such a great ending to this series. I could not be happier with how things turned out in the end for Eadlyn and the main boys in her Selection. The princess continues to grow as a character, realizing her faults and working to change herself for the better. She continues to open up to her potential suitors and learns to take advice from others.
I think I made mention of the lack of non-hetero people in my review of The Heir, but this book addresses that issue a little bit. Even though these characters live far in the future, gay people are forced into the closet. It might be the end of the series and the revelation as to which same-sex characters have fallen for each other (hint: it’s two of the young men in the Selection) might come fairly late in the novel, but it’s still there.
Going back to Eadlyn, because wow she’s well-written. In the beginning she comes off as a spoiled, conceited, and independent young woman who works hard and has a good relationship with her parents and brothers, although doesn’t really get along with many others. As she learns about herself and others around her, she takes the advice of the people she cares about and her earlier appearance becomes clear that it was just a shield and coping mechanism to protect herself from her fear of failure and disappointing her parents. Eadlyn learns to accept people into her heart and, eventually, set aside her prejudices of peers she initially does not get along with and discovers so much about herself. I always find it really cool when the reader learns new things about the character at the same time that the character learns new things about themselves.
I don’t really have much else to say about this book. Like the others in the series, it’s not a very long book, but it is still really well-written.