|“||Kriss was my toughest competition, but she was also the closest friend I had here.||”|
— America Singer on Kriss
|Full Name||Kriss Ambers|
|Family|| Mr. Ambers (father)|
Mrs. Ambers (mother)
|Occupation|| Selection competitor (formerly)|
Kriss lived in Columbia prior to the Selection. She states that at one point she really wanted siblings and she would beg her parents for a sibling, but they refused.
The Selection Edit
At the beginning of "The Selection" we learn that Kriss will be sitting across from America Singer in the Dining Hall (and most likely adjacent from Tiny Lee and Ashley Brouillette.) She also had her room in the Palace across the hall from Janelle Stanton.
At Dinner at the beginning of Prince Maxon's Selection, Kriss, according to America, was "twirling her fork menacingly."
When Kriss met Maxon, he was surprised by her kindness and sweet nature after she forgot to curtsy and continued to ask him questions, instead of him asking her questions. When Maxon made the first wave of eliminations, cutting eight girls from the Selection, Kriss was the one who clarified to America that they had left.
After America and Maxon went on a date, Kriss was the brave one out of the group of girls and asked about it first which prompted more questions from the girls such as Zoe Peddler.
After some time, when the remaining girls became worried over dates, Kriss was talking to Zoe, Janelle, and Emmica Brass in the Women's Room. Soon after, once Tuesday Keeper had interrogated America over her date with Maxon, Tuesday went over to Kriss and wanted her to talk about "her story again, quite energetically."
A bit later, during a History Lesson with Silvia, Kriss answered a question correctly.
After Janelle went on her hunting date with Maxon, she cried when she returned to her. Kriss tried to help her, including hugging her. Janelle did not tell anyone why she was eliminated, saying that "she couldn't" to Kriss. She then warned Kriss to be careful of what she said before going away and slamming her door. Because of witnessing this, Kriss told the other Selected Girls her story three times. The girls went from this subject onto starting an argument in which Kriss defended Maxon against Celeste Newsome.
Later, before a taping of the Illéa Capital Report, Kriss and Natalie Luca both had gone to check their makeup a final time. When they passed America, America found that they looked unhappy (but it wasn't always easy to see with Natalie if she was unhappy, apparently.) Natalie and Kriss talked to America about her outfit, Natalie going as far as to touch one of the sleeves and asking about the material. Kriss, for the taping of the Illéa Capital Report, was wearing a dress that differed slightly from the other girls'- the other girls were all wearing blue hues to match America as they thought it had to due with Maxon liking her so much. Kriss, however, wore a blue dress that "was melting into white, like delicate strands of ice were weaving their way to the floor." Kriss said, slightly accusingly, that America looked stunning (America was wearing a red gown that her maids had made red to have her stand out.) When America complimented Kriss' gown, Kriss smoothed her hands along it and made a comment.
Some time after that, Olivia Witts told the girls in the Women's Room that Maxon had kissed her on the Palace rooftop. Kriss speculated that maybe Olivia was correctly doing something in a conversatoin with America and Tuesday. During their conversation, Tuesday accidentally made a comment in which she said "even if I want the crown myself." She had been talking about when she was giving Tiny praise and saying she couldn't be angry with her if she more dates. Kriss and America noticed how Tuesday had said the crown but didn't say anything. At the end of this conversation, Kriss mentioned that she would want the support of the other girls if she won.
It was revealed later that Kriss was one of a magazine's favorite choices for the best formal photos that the Selected Girls had taken with Maxon. She was a favorite along with Tallulah Bell, Bariel Pratt, and America Singer. Marlee Tames was in first place.
Kriss is then the only other Selection girl to have her birthday at the Palace, which brings along a lavish party for her. The Dining Hall was decorated for the occasion with vases on the walls, arrangments of white and yellow flowers, and like boquets in some bowls scattered about. Much of the room was decorated with garlands such as the windows. The tables around the room had linens on them and confetti shimmer on the tables. Even the chairs were decorated with bow on the backs of the seats. She had a large cake in a coordinating colors and "A string quartet" to play. Kriss, also, had a table with some gifts for her. A photographer was present as well. The Selected Girls were forced to go, but they were in little groups, enjoying the party. Kriss was dressed in "floor-length gown." Her outfit was close to white but was creamy and there were pinned jewels the color of yellow in a row in the front of her hair to look like a crown. According to America, Kriss "looked mature, regal, bridal." Kriss was sweet, going around giving her thanks to her guests even though the Selected Girls did not have an option on attending or not. During the party, after America played the violin for Kriss, Celeste became jealous of the attention towards her and spilled red punch on Kriss's gown which she claimed was an accident. When Kriss started crying and ran out of the room, Maxon left after her. While Kriss was upset at first she got to spend time with Maxon while he helped her to get the drink stain off of her dress.
After the Southern Rebels attacked the Palace, the Selected girls had formed a bond with one another. During breakfast, America talked to Kriss about the food as Kriss sat beside Emily Arnold. When Maxon announced how he would pick only six Elite girls instead of ten, Kriss was surprised and upset by the lower number. Kriss was the second girl that Maxon announced was staying and, when he did, America saw Kriss do "a happy, fidgty dance in her chair and looked at the girls around her, expecting us to be happy." Prince Maxon chooses her as one of his six Elite girls, because he thinks that Kriss makes a good Elite due to her kindness and that fact that he gets along with her well.
The Elite Edit
In The Elite, Kriss became particularly close to Prince Maxon after she gave him a card when he was upset, causing America Singer to become jealous over their close relationship for the most part. Despite this, she and America formed a friendship, although America remained envious of her and Maxon and how they liked each other.
During the Halloween dance, Kriss coordinated costumes with Natalie as spring and fall. When Marlee and Carter Woodwork were caned, Kriss was upset and repulsed like the other Elite girls when they sat front row. Later, she had to host the Italians along with America for their project for Silvia in which they did the best which won them approval on the project from Silvia.
When the Elite girls had to create a project that could become their future project as Queen, should they win, Kriss chose teaching and education right away in which she stated that more education for the lowest Castes would lower poverty.
The One Edit
It was later discovered by America that Kriss had entered the Selection with the intentions of the rebels' plans, but after Maxon and America fought, she grew closer to Maxon and fell in love with him.
Kriss and Maxon shared their first kiss together, after she refused to wait any longer.
Kriss was one of the final two Maxon chose to marry, but he told America he would marry her. However, Maxon and Kriss saw America close to Aspen in the hallway and Maxon realized that he was correct in his suspicion that America had been seeing Aspen and changed his mind into marrying Kriss out of anger and hurt.
During the engagement announcement, the Southern Rebels attacked and Kriss hid under a table as she cried and covered her ears until Aspen slapped her and she finally focused and left to safety with him.
Kriss attended America and Maxon's wedding, but America did say that Kriss seemed a bit sad.
|“||I'm braver than you think, America. You have no idea the things I've sacrificed over the years. And if I make a mistake, I own up to it.||”|
—Kriss Ambers to America Singer
Kriss seemed to be kind and not as manipulative as Celeste was. She was described as being ladylike. Being a Three, Kriss came from a smart family and is intelligent. Her parents are professors. Before the Selection, Kriss would spend her time reading and learning how to become a teacher. While being polite the majority of the time, Kriss has been shown to get jealous and become defensive- both times when Maxon was involved and she felt threatened by America.
Kriss had brown hair and brown eyes.
- Kriss was born before Halloween and after Prince Maxon's birthday (August 23rd), so her birthday is either in September or early October making her either a summer baby or a fall baby.
- Kriss was in the Selection for the cause of the Northern Rebels, but neither Georgia nor August mentioned her to America or Maxon. However, this simply could have been to protect Kriss.
- In her family it's tradition for the couples to kiss each other when they are already engaged. So, Kriss asked for Maxon to wait, but she refused to wait any longer in The One.
- She was the first person of the Elites to see Maxon's room. Although, Maxon stated that it was a little bit impulsive of him.
- In her family they make cards for each other when they want to cheer the other up.
- As a Northern Rebel she is wearing a star as a necklace.
- Kriss mentions that Tessa Tamble is her "favorite!".
Meet Kriss! The Sweetheart in the Selection!