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|“||Underneath thick lashes were eyes blue as ice, something cool to balance out the flames in her hair.||”|
—Maxon on America Singer
|America Schreave (née Singer)
|Full Name||America Schreave (née Singer)|
|Alias|| Mer (by Aspen)|
Ames (by family)
Kitten (by her father)
Darling (by Maxon)
My dear (by Maxon)
Mom (by Eadlyn)
|Age|| 17 (in The Selection, The Elite and The One) |
20 (in The One 's extra epilogue)
37 (in The Heir)
|Spouse(s)||Maxon Schreave (husband)|
|Family|| Eadlyn Schreave (eldest daughter)|
Ahren Schreave (eldest son)
Kaden Schreave (son)
Osten Schreave (youngest son)
Shalom Singer (father)†
Magda Singer (mother)
Kota Singer (older brother)
Kenna Singer (older sister)
May Singer (younger sister)
Gerad Singer (younger brother)
James Orders (brother-in-law)
Astra Orders (niece)
Clarkson Schreave (father-in-law)†
Amberly Schreave (mother-in-law)†
See Singer family tree
|Occupation|| Singer (formerly)|
Selection competitor (formerly)
Queen of Illéa (currently)
|Province|| Carolina (formerly)|
|Caste||One (formerly a Five and Three)|
America Schreave (nee Singer) is the protagonist and narrator of The Selection, The Elite and The One. She was a Five chosen for the Selection, and became one of the Six Elites. She was ultimately chosen by Prince Maxon and got married to him, thus becoming the Queen of Illéa, after the Southern rebels shot and murdered both of Maxon's parents in The One.
America is the middle child of five children, her older siblings being Kenna and Kota, and her younger siblings being May and Gerad. She grew up living in the fifth caste in the province of Carolina at their home. America found her trade in music, being talented at singing, piano, violin, and many other instruments.
When Kota moved out of the house, America helped him move, thinking he was trying to be independent when he was in fact trying to separate himself from his family. While she was helping Kota, she got to know a Six named Aspen Leger. After careful glances and flirty conversations, Aspen gave her a card on her fifteenth birthday saying to meet him in the tree house at midnight. America went and they both confessed their love for each other. Then, America and Aspen began secretly dating and meeting up at the tree house past Illéan curfew.
Aspen and America had dated for two years when Aspen encouraged her to enter the Selection. As a bribe for entering, America's mother allowed her to work alone and keep half of whatever she earned. America learns from Aspen's mom, that Aspen is saving up to marry someone. So after she hears this she takes a beautiful picture. After America came home she tried to do something heartfelt for Aspen, he realized he could never spoil her and ended the relationship, leaving her heartbroken. America got called for the selection, to her surprise, and asked him to help her pack. She gave him all her allowance money and pennies, and ordered him to leave. When he left, America noticed that one penny was stuck to the bottom of the jar.
After being chosen as one of the Selected, America saw Aspen with another girl, Brenna, who was a Six, when she was leaving for the palace. She got upset that he moved on so quickly, but had already packed the jar with the one penny to bring with her.
At the palace, America was clearly not over Aspen, but tried to let him go. While in her room that night, America began to feel trapped and ran to the door that lead to the garden. However, the two guards that were stationed there didn't allow her to proceed. Just as America was about to faint, Prince Maxon appeared and ordered the guards to let her go outside. Immediately after they opened the doors, America ran outside and went to sit on a bench. Maxon found her and spoke to her, and the two got to know each other during a brief conversation, which ultimately became an argument. The next day during their first official meeting, the two agree to a "trade:" America will find out what the other girls think of Maxon and give him advice as long as he keeps her until the very end of the competition, so that her family continues to receive the checks that the palace sends them.
Eventually, America ran into Aspen, who had been drafted and became a palace guard. Not realizing Aspen was actually America's ex, Maxon had Aspen stationed to guard her room when America revealed that they knew each other.
Although they could've both gotten into serious trouble if caught, America and Aspen both had secret meetings at the palace whenever they could. America, however, was not sure whether she loved Aspen or Maxon more. Though, at the end of The Elite, when she believed that she was leaving and told Aspen that she needed time to get over the prince, she realized she wanted Maxon more than him. America did not leave, however, and instead Natalie went home because her sister was killed by rebels.
Maxon said that as long as America was on her best behavior, his father would allow her to stay. Maxon, however, told America that while she'd had his heart from the beginning of the Selection, she did not have his trust. When America became confused, Maxon explained that even though he had told her many secrets and defended her, America acted rashly, and Maxon needed her to have faith in him. After Maxon left America to herself, America became determined to win the Selection.
King Clarkson then came to give her a talk about how if she won she would ruin centuries of work, and that Maxon better not choose her. He told her not to mention this conversation to Maxon or else. He then told her good-bye and left, as if nothing happened.
Days later, America and Maxon have contact with Northern rebels in the palace. When they go out to meet them again, America gets shot by a gang of criminals that tried to rob them. It wasn't a severe wound, however, and after stitches from her maids, she healed.
During a required ceremony known as the Convicting, where each of the remaining elite must publicly convict criminals. America's felon, however, had only stolen clothing for his family, and was assigned to her by Clarkson as a test. America can't sentence him to prison for life, and instead gives him the jewelry Maxon had recently given her and tells him to pay his debt to the king. Enraged by this offense, Clarkson gives Maxon the option to call the entire Selection off and start a new one, which Maxon ultimately refuses.
Clarkson finds out about the alliance America had forged with the Italians, and forces her to agree to film propaganda in favor of the castes; if she doesn't obey, then she must not care about the competition or Maxon. Before she can create the commercials, however, she learns that her father has died. She goes back to Carolina for his funeral, where she learns that Shalom was secretly a Northern rebel. When she returns to the palace, she finds out from Celeste that Kriss and herself are the last two girls standing, and that Maxon has invited all of the previous Selected back to the palace to celebrate.
In America's room later that night, Maxon reveals that he's bought a house for America's family near the palace, and that he's chosen her to be his wife and future queen. They begin making out and they ultimately admit their love for each other. They get undressed, almost to their underwear, with America telling him that she loves his back scars, because they are a sign of his love for her. A sudden noise in the hallway though stops them from going any further. Maxon simply sleeps next to her, both of them feeling safe and loved. In the morning, however, Maxon learns about America and Aspen's previous relationship and he accuses America of lying to him about everything. Completely heartbroken and hurt, Maxon tells her that he can't marry her after discovering this. America tries to explain the situation, but Maxon refuses to listen and leaves in a rage.
The next day, right before Maxon is about to reveal his selection (of Kriss), the Southern rebels, having infiltrated the palace, attack, killing Celeste and Anne among many people. A rebel attempts to shoot America, but Maxon leaps toward her to save her life and gets hit below his left shoulder. Close to death, he apologizes to America for almost not choosing her, saying that he loves her to his last breath and that his heart belongs to her to "break it a thousand times if [she] like[s]." He orders Aspen to save America, not him, and Aspen obeys, taking her to a safe room with the intention of returning and saving the Prince too.
When the attack is over and the rebels are defeated, America is released and goes to the hospital where she reunites with Aspen, who is severely injured but alive. He informs her that Maxon is also alive and is now the king, as both his parents were killed by the rebels. Aspen confesses to America that he still cares a lot about her, but isn't in love with her anymore. Lucy comes in at that moment and she and Aspen kiss, with America finally realizing and approving of their relationship. When America goes to see Maxon, he tells her his decision about dissolving the castes, starting with the Eights merging with the Sevens and so on. He then gives her a beautiful engagement ring, complete with their birthstones, officially asking her to marry him. She happily accepts his proposal.
In the wedding, Aspen walks America down the aisle and gives her to Maxon, the two men now respecting each other. Maxon calls America "my dear" and they both smile, ready to exchange their wedding vows.
Post The One
2 years after their wedding, during Maxon's birthday party, America announces to him that she is expecting their first child. The news made him tearfully happy and love her even more.
Later she gave birth to twins, a girl and a boy, named Eadlyn and Ahren, and two other boys, Kaden and Osten. Eadlyn is the heir of Illéa's crown and the narrator of the fourth book, The Heir. They changed the law, making it possible for Eadlyn to be the future ruler of Illéa.
Like her fiery red hair, America takes a rebellious attitude in concept. She tends to have a short temper, which she inherited from her mother. Despite saying she has no leadership skills, America isn't afraid to speak her mind. For example, when the palace was under rebel attack by the Southerners in The Selection, Silvia ordered America's maids to bring food to the Selected. America, however, told her that the girls can take care of themselves, and ordered Anne to provide food for the royal family only.
She is very stubborn and persistent at times, and may jump to conclusions a lot. She can also be hypocritical, but always apologizes if she is proven wrong. America's greatest fear when entering the Selection was losing her individuality, something the other Selected girls would even give up to take over the throne. Overall, America is a very courageous person that, at the end of the day, will always realize the mistakes she might have caused and will do anything to make things right. She is always afraid of losing someone she loves.
She usually defends people who are mistreated when her stubbornness doesn't blind her from the truth. She doesn't hesitate to think that the modern caste system is absurd and unfair, as shown in The Elite. America had personally thought that she would never have had a shot in the competition, which was proven otherwise when her relationship with Prince Maxon grew. In addition, America is not the girly type, as at first she didn't react well when she had to wear a dress instead of her usual wear of pants, and even requested pants from the prince at the palace in a bet. She often lacked self-esteem and tended to compare herself to the other Selected girls, Queen Amberly, and others, feeling inadequate to become a queen or to make Maxon or even Aspen like her. Thus, she almost never tried to be "sensual" hand flirty. Her only attempt to seduce Maxon resulted in a comical situation, as he laughingly pointed out that she was not being herself.
America has fiery, "brilliant red hair, like honey and roses and the sun all together" and blue eyes "like the morning sky." She thought that she was not as beautiful or classy as the other Selected girls, as opposed to the opinion of almost everyone else around her. She found even her body plain, with non-noticeable curves. Maxon, however, during their first meeting, described her like this: "I was absolutely floored the first time I finally, truly saw her... As if it weren't enough that she was willing to stand up to me and clearly unafraid to be herself, she was dazzlingly beautiful. Underneath thick lashes were eyes blue as ice, something cool to balance out the flames in her hair. Her cheeks were smooth and slightly blushed from crying. And her lips, soft and pink, slightly parted as she studied our hands." He reassured her that "she is too beautiful for her own good."
The first time, America saw Maxon on TV, she thought of him of being a boring, stuff and distant person. She could't imagine who would fall in love with him. The first night they met she accused him of being "stuck-up and shallow." To stay away from home she offered Prince Maxon a trade: She will help him as a friend to find his wife, which Maxon gladly accepts. Slowly she realized that Maxon is a different person she imagined and she felt attracted to him, getting jealous when Maxon had other dates or other issues to attend to.
After a month at the palace she clearly changed her mind. After her first kiss with Maxon she said it could be possible for her to have any sorts of romantic feelings for him.
In The Elite their relationship got complicated after Marlee's caning. America struggled if she would be a good princess and if she can handle the exercises of this job. She believed not and near the end of the second book America purposely pulls a stunt on The Report that she thought would surely get her sent home. However she wasn't eliminated because Maxon protected her. She accepts her second chance and promised to herself to fight harder for Maxon and his love.
In The One she finally realizes that she wants to be with Maxon and that she truly loves him. Although she refuses to say the words out loud, she realizes that all her stupid actions she made were out of love. After America arrived back to palace after her father's funeral, Maxon told her his decision to marry her. They ultimately admit their love for each other and Maxon sleeps next to her, both of them feeling safe and loved. The next morning, however. before the announcement, Maxon caught her touching Aspen's chest, realised they used to date and said that he would not marry her. Desperate, she reads the letters from Maxon, a late Christmas present.
When Maxon got shot protecting America, he said that she could "break it (his heart) a thousand times, if you like. It was only ever yours to break anyway." He refuses to get helped by Aspen, deciding that America will be alive "no matter what." In the safe room, America even tried to get out of it because she wanted to be by Maxon's side, especially now when she thought that he was dying. She promised that Maxon could call her "my dear" and she wouldn't complain as long as he is lived.
After the attack Maxon proposes to her which she gladly and in tears accepts. They marry at the end of "The One" and Maxon calls her "my dear". They are both left smiling to each other.
Two years later America is still fascinated the way her love grows for Maxon. When she finds out something new about Maxon, her heart swells. After telling Maxon about her pregnancy, they are both smiling and in tears rushing back into the palace. Later, she gave birth to twins, Eadlyn and Ahren, and two other boys, Kaden and Osten.
Her first love was Aspen and after flirting for some time, they began to meet in secret. America, being a caste higher, was prepared to marry down, but before the Selection, he breaks up with her. America wanted to stay at the palace to refuse to see Aspen with a new girlfriend. Actually, Aspen was promoted at a guard at the palace. They started to meet secretly after arguments she had with Maxon. Being afraid Maxon would not choose her, she used Aspen as a safety blanket. Once she realizes she is in love with Maxon, she sets up her maid Lucy with him.
America always had a better relationship with her dad than with her mom. She always came to him if she needed help or his advice. Even at the palace he was the only person America could talk to without any problems about her relationship with Maxon. In return, her dad always wanted her to be happy and did not cared whom she marry or not. His death was really hard for her.
Clarkson and America had an harsh relationship. He ignored her and threatened her, even took away the payments for her family. Clarkson was afraid that Maxon would choose her and tried to make a deal with new Selected girls. He described her as selfish, money-hungry, very plain and not good enough for his son or as a princess.
At first, there was no interaction between America and Amberly because Amberly was afraid to build up a relationship and lose it again.
Their relationship grew closer in The One. America asked for advice in the Convicting and Amberly gave her some. Later America begged for pardon calling Amberly jokingly "mom". Amberly told her if the Selection ended the way she thought, "mom" would be fine leaving America in tears.
Her death was really hard for America and she claimed that she will think of Amberly as a mom.
May Singer was America's sister and they loved each other. Their mom called them twins, as they looked like each other. May has a romance side: when May came to the palace, she asked America if she had kissed Maxon. America chose May to be her bridesmaid.
- Her birdsong necklace was a present from her father. She gave it away during the Convicting in "The One" to a man who couldn't pay his debts to the king.
- Her custom jewelry, a bracelet and a set of earrings from Maxon who had given it to her as part of tradition for the Elite girls during the Convicting. Later, she gave it to a man who couldn't pay his debts to the king.
- Her jar and pennies given by Aspen. After their break-up she gave all the pennies back except for one that stuck to the bottem of the jar. She took the jar and the penny with her to the palace and after she returned home for the funeral of her father the jar with the penny stayed there.
- Her string bracelet with a button given to her by Aspen. The button was part of his uniform and America made a bracelet with the button. Later, she placed it in the jar, stating that was where it belonged.
- Her New Asian bracelet given to her by Maxon after his trip to New Asia. The stones are blue.
- Her engagement ring given from Maxon. America describes it as "a web of thin gold vines crawled up, forming the circle of the ring, holding at the top two gems—one green, one purple—that kissed at the crown of it. I knew the purple one was my birthstone, so the green one must be his. There we were, two little spots of light growing together, inseparable".
- "Maxon Schreave is the epitome of all things good. He is going to be a phenomenal king. He lets girls who are supposed to be wearing dresses wear jeans and doesn't get mad when someone who doesn't know him clearly mislabels him... Whoever he marries will be a lucky girl. And whatever happens to me, I will be honored to be his subject." — America Singer to Gavril Fadaye about Maxon Schreave.
- "...I hope you find someone you can't live without. I really do. And I hope you never have to know what it's like to have to try and live without them." — America Singer to Maxon Schreave.
- "...True love is usually the most inconvenient kind." — America Singer to Maxon Schreave.
- "It's you... I don't want to leave you." — America Singer to Maxon Schreave.
- "I'm not choosing him. Or you. I'm choosing me." — America Singer to Aspen Leger.
- "Is it strange that I feel better about going into a den of rebels than I did when I had to entertain the women of the Italian royal family?" — America sharing a tense joke with Maxon during a Northern rebel escapade.
- "Don't worry. The best people all have some kind of scar." — America Singer to her maid, Anne, regarding her shoulder wound.
- "You've always kept my secrets. I'll always keep yours." — America to Anne regarding Anne's crush on Aspen.
- "Your eyes look like chocolate." — America to Maxon as he is carrying her up the stairs in her delirious state.
- "Always the picture of bravery." — America poking fun at Queen Amberly's distress at meeting Celeste's outrageous guests.
- "Oh, no. Nope. I was not putting it out there first." — America stubbornly refusing (in her mind) to say 'I love you' to Maxon until he says it first.
- “I tentatively reached out for Celeste’s hand, fingers brushing against hers. The second she felt them, she took hold, looking into my eyes with concern. 'What’s wrong?' she mouthed. I shrugged. And so she just held my hand. After a minute, she seemed to get a little sad, too. While the men in suits prattled on, she stretched out, reaching for Kriss’s hand. Kriss didn’t question it, and it took her only seconds to extend her hand for Elise’s. And there we were, in the background of it all, holding on to one another. The Perfectionist, the Sweetheart, the Diva......and me.” — America setting of a hand-holding chain reaction among the Elites on the set of The Report in The One.
- “And all my anger made sense. I wanted everything from him and everything for him, because I wanted every piece of him. It was infuriating that everyone had to have their hands on this - the girls, his parents, even Aspen. So many conditions and opinions and obligations surrounded us, and I hated Maxon because he came with them. And I loved him even so." — America settling an internal conflict with herself over Maxon.
- "If you think, even for a second, you can twist my past into something and try to blackmail me with it, think again. You once asked if I told Maxon about you, and I did. He knows exactly what a spineless, ungrateful jackass you are." — America telling off her brother Kota in The One.
- "Maxon, some of those marks are on your back so they wouldn't be on mine and I love you for them." — America Singer to Maxon Schreave.
- America was the former name of the country Illéa. Her mother had named her that supposedly because she kicked and fought her way out of her mother, just like America did to fight off China; however, it may have also been because her father, Shalom, was a Northern rebel.
- America's birthday is on February 26.
- America is a multi-instrumentalist as well as a singer but she seems to prefer the violin.
- She was her husband's first kiss in The Selection.
- Her surname, Singer, matches her last occupation before she entered the Selection.
- She is of Jewish descent.
- Queen Amberly, during a fun day in the Women's Room, said that America could call her "Mom" if the Selection ended the way she (Queen Amberly) thought it would.
- America, due to a misunderstanding, kicked Maxon in the groin during their first date.
- America's favorite color is blue.
- According to Maxon, America sometimes hums or sings to herself while she walks around the palace.
- America can speak French and Spanish aside from her first language of English.
- Actresses Aimee Teegarden and Yael Grobglas portrayed America in the two, separate CW pilots.
- Had the caste system not fallen into place, America's last name would be Cohen.
- Since America is born on February, her birthstone is Amethyst.
- Audrey Hollister is the model for America in the book covers.