The Prince: A Selection Novella by Kiera Cass

The Prince

“I hadn’t known I was capable of breaking a heart. I certainly didn’t like it. “

Before thirty-five girls were chosen to compete in the Selection…

Before Aspen broke America’s heart…

There was another girl in Prince Maxon’s life…

Don’t miss this thrilling 128-page original novella set in the world of the New York Times bestselling novel The Selection. Also features a teaser to The Elite, Kiera Cass’s hotly anticipated sequel to The Selection.

Personal Thoughts:

The Prince is a short novella told from Prince Maxon’s point of view. Most of the scenes happens just before the actual selection of the candidates for Prince Maxon’s bride to be. The short story gives a glimpse of Maxon’s life as a prince and his thoughts about his life, the people around him, and his role as a prince.

It’s nice to finally have a close encounter with his family, especially the King and the Queen. Those two are clearly at the opposite ends of how they handle Maxon, but as a parents they both just really want the best for their only child. It just so happen that their perception of what is best isn’t actually the same with what their child really wants.

Maxon’s mother is sweet and caring. Even she isn’t physically describe it is easy to picture her as someone who carry elegance and beauty. As for the King, it seems that his aura carry authority and strength. They are obviously different, came from different ranks of society but together they are the best example for Maxon. Maxon will surely learn a lot from the relationship of his parents. Something he needs in choosing his own marriage life as required by their tradition.

We were also introduced to Daphne, Prince Maxon’s friend who is in love with him. It’s nice to know that Maxon managed to have a real friend even his status as a prince doesn’t really allow such relationship. Daphne seems a good person from her quick appearance in this novella. Though there’s a little issue between the two, something Maxon didn’t expect at all. I feel sorry for Daphne but Maxon did the right thing. Glad that Kiera Cass didn’t turn the story into a more complicated love triangle issue than it is. Maxon made it clear right from the start his real feelings for Daphne. Though for sure Daphne won’t settle for that, she seems a tough a girl so I won’t be surprise to see her again making her moves in the next book, The Elite.

Seeing America in Maxon’s eyes is simply endearing. Their first meeting in America’s point of view is a disaster but in Maxon’s eyes it is adorable and funny. His thoughts are sweet and marked by good intentions, which makes the whole novella fun and easy to read. If I remember it right, in The Selection, America seems to see Maxon as someone charming but too confident and sarcastic, but in this novella, there is a different version of Maxon that emerge. As Maxon open his inner thoughts he shows his insecurity, fears and doubts. He maybe look confident and charming but like anyone else he is also capable of feeling fears and loneliness.

The e-novella also has the first two chapters of the second book, The Elite. Though I am grateful for that extra addition, I still didn’t try to read the said chapters because I know for a fact that it will just leave me thirsty for more. There’s no way I can get a copy of the second book before the released date and I’m not sure if I’m ready to torture my self yet. So for now, I will just be contented with Maxon’s point of view.


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