“Was I so mysterious? Perhaps I was. I’d mastered smiles and half truths. But I certainly didn’t want to appear that way.”
The Prince: A Selection Novella (HarperTeen, 2013) by Kiera Cass is a mini-novel retelling the first days of The Selection from Prince Maxon’s point of view.
I was surprised to see how much Maxon had on his mind, apart from what he told America in the original series. Maxon’s situation as a prince having to choose between 35 girls at once was more complex and overwhelming than I remembered. Even though he’d explained some of it to America in the first book, it was all the more sympathetic coming from his perspective.
“Maybe all of this worry about not being able to love any of them wasn’t the true problem. Maybe I’d fall for all of them and never be able to choose.”
“‘You know, I once read a book about people who practiced polygamy. One man with several wives. Crazy. I was just in a room with eight very unhappy women, and I have no idea why anyone would choose that.'”
In The Prince, we get a clearer picture of how and why Maxon came to love and pursue America. In fact, I felt the two had more chemistry together when the story was told from his point of view than when told from America’s in the other books, simply because she was always so conflicted over her feelings for Aspen. The romance was fresher and more endearing through Maxon’s eyes.
“I liked her wit. It felt a bit similar to mine when she let it show. And it made me curious if two people from two different worlds could grow up and be surprisingly the same.”
While this novella doesn’t necessarily tell us things we don’t already know (or can’t infer) from the rest of the series, it’s a fun little companion to read between books, or at any point after you’ve read The Selection.
“I hadn’t known I was capable of breaking a heart.”
“‘You get confused by crying women, I get confused by walks with princes.'”– America