Prince Maxon is very different to what America expects (he actually reminded me of Kiran from the Star-Crossed series) and rather than the pompous bore she was expecting, he's kind, clever and thoughtful. I appreciated how awkward he was with the girls and that he wasn't the overconfident player I was expecting. Whilst America sees the contest as a front and a joke, Maxon is honestly looking for a wife and companion.
I enjoyed the many secondary characters. Marlee and the maids made me smile, but I couldn't stand some of the other girls (Celeste, Ashley and Kriss I mean you). I'm still undecided about Aspen because for most of the book I was torn between understanding his actions and being really annoyed at him.
I would have liked to get a bit more info about Illea, the castes and the war. I'm also not convinced by America's inability to make decisions at times. Also I would have preferred Maxon to have limited his other dates and er 'activities' with the girls. But I did understand his actions, and subsequently America's doubts and confusion. Bring on The Elite!