The characters where more dimensional in this book, but America was so whiny, stupid, and selfish for most of this book. I'm sure if I was 17 and my boyfriend was dating 6 other girls I'd be pretty whiny and insecure but just pages and pages of it. I liked that there was more going on with the rebels and the royals in this book than in The Selection but really I was trudging to get through this book. Also it kills me that nothing about the war with New Asia has been explained. Clearly that's a very big deal but we don't get to know anything about it and it makes me crazy.
Also I listened to this on audiobook and the lady who reads this book goes so slow. I wish I could have sped up the playback by 50% because her speed and the whiny nature of huge sections of this book killed me.
Crack pot theory maybe(show spoiler)