The Prince by Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #0.5
Published by HarperTeen
Publish Date: March 5, 2013
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… -(excerpt from Goodreads)
My Thoughts: Prince Maxon has just turned 19 years old and soon The Selection process will be taking place. In the castle, preparations are being made to bring 35 of Illea’s loveliest and most eligible ladies into the palace in order that one be chosen to be the future Queen. The Prince gives readers a glimpse into the mind of Prince Maxon during that time. Told from his point-of-view, it gives us the new-to-us perspective of a young man that is a little bit shy to meet all of these women for the first time. He isn’t thrilled about the prospect of the old tradition of weeding through a series of applicants to choose a wife for himself.
As we are introduced to Maxon, he appears to be nervous and apprehensive, except for the scenes when he is around his mother, Queen Amberly. The Queen seemed to be loving and kind – her kindness seemed to make Maxon feel at ease. In contrast, the scenes when Maxon interacts with his father illustrate a cold man, overcalculating and not at all ‘in tune’ with the needs and desires of his son. I loved these extra glimpses into the personalities of the royal family – they make them all feel more developed and real to me. Of course, I loved the Queen the most for being so motherly with her son (the King – not so much). There is also another character that is introduced – a childhood friend of Maxon’s – she has an interesting relationship with Maxon. Her name is Daphne and she is from France.
America shows up as well. The Prince merges with The Selection as Prince Maxon meets America when she goes to the gardens after nearly having a panic attack while trying to get outside for fresh air. The Prince carries on for a short time after that, parallel to The Selection, only from Maxon’s POV.
- We were able to spend a short time with the King, getting to know him in a King-First-Father-Second role. He is overbearing and not very kind, in my opinion.
- We are able to spend a short time with the Queen, getting to know her in a Mother-First-Queen-Second role. She is kind and loving to her son, seeking his happiness first based on what she tells him in this novella. I loved this little glimpse into their mother-son time together. I do feel like I know her a little more as a character.
- We meet Daphne, a French friend from Maxon’s childhood. Their exchange isn’t long but it is very interesting.
- Perhaps the most valuable piece of information that we glean from this short ebook is the glimpse into Maxon’s personality – he is nervous and apprehensive about The Selection process instead of the cool, calm, and collected Prince that he appears to be in first book in this series. It is nice to have this short glimpse into his personality from his POV because it helped when I read The Elite to see his character from a fresh and more accurate perspective.