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|Date Published|| March 5, 2013 (e-book)|
February 4, 2014 (paperback)
|ISBN|| 978-0-062-24816-9 |
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Before thirty-five girls were chosen to compete in the Selection . . .
There was another girl in Prince Maxon's life . . .
Don't miss this thrilling 128-page original novella set in the world of the New York Times bestselling novel The Selection.
Prince Maxon is nervous about the Selection. He visits his father, King Clarkson, in his study and receives cuff links from him for Maxon's 19th birthday, but Maxon remembers getting the same gift on Christmas from him. Maxon assumes that his father was too consumed with his job to realize he already gave him the same present.
Maxon's nervousness for the Selection is acknowledged by the king, and he tells Maxon he should be excited, not nervous. Maxon assures his father he is excited, but he's just nervous about how fast it's happening. The king laughs and says that while it seems fast to Maxon, the king has been working on it for years. Maxon asks what he means, but is interrupted by his mother, Queen Amberly, entering the room.
The queen wishes Maxon a happy birthday and whispers to him that his gift is coming. The king and queen then leave the room with Maxon following them in their shadows—"like always," he adds.
Maxon is then interviewed by people. After answering questions in a joking manner, he excuses himself, but is stopped by his father. The kings tells Maxon that he can't answer everything sarcastically, because he is the crowned prince and they need him to lead. Maxon apologizes, telling his father that since it was a party, he thought he could joke around. However, the king interrupts him, saying he should take it seriously. Maxon agrees with his father and says that it was just a temporary lapse in judgement. The king says he tends to have a lot of those.
Maxon takes a glimpse at Daphne, his childhood friend from France. The king follows the prince's gaze and says that she's pretty, which is a shame because she couldn't be in the lottery. Maxon says that she's nice, but never had feelings for her. The king is glad, saying it would've been stupid of him to. Maxon quickly changes the subject, saying that he's looking forward to meeting his true options. The king is happy that Maxon is making real choices in life, but Maxon thinks to himself that he has tried to make choices, but the king doesn't trust him to.
Daphne confronts Maxon, asking why he didn't dance with her. He admits that he didn't dance at all, but would have with her. After a few minutes, Daphne confesses that she has a date back home, and asks Maxon if he approves, and this leads to them talking about the Selection. Daphne begs to be in it, saying that she loves him, but Maxon politely rejects her and she storms off.
A few days later, King Clarkson shows Maxon the applications of the Selected. Maxon declines to look over them in detail because his father already did so.
Before the interview, Maxon and his mother are getting ready. He jokes a bit, and then the announcement starts. Maxon attempts to stay calm while the names are announced. When it's over, the royal family goes to have dinner.
- "Advisors ran around the palace with stacks of entry forms for the Selection, smiling at me like they knew something I didn't." —Prince Maxon
- "All I knew was, even if she wasn't mine, I wanted to leave her with a smile." —Prince Maxon about America Singer
- An extended version of The Prince is available in The Selection Stories.
''The Prince'' Excerpt