In the last 72 hours, I have found and read The Elite, The Prince, & The Guard, all Selection stories by Kiera Cass. (Click for links to each of them online for free. Don't judge I'm cheap)
So after plenty of thought on the topic, I've decided to give you my opinion on the famous love triangle.
I have told multiple people that I disliked Aspen, that he bugged me at least, but after reading The Guard, I realized that it was not Aspen I disliked, not in the slightest, it was the thought of America ending up with him.
Let me explain, to begin, I think Aspen loves America, with every fiber of his being and that he would go to the moon and back for her if it meant he could have her forever... Or even if it didn't. And for that very reason (bear with me for a minute) I don't think America deserves Aspen.
I think America does, love Aspen, or at least she did, but at the same time, part of her heart will always be tied to Maxon, even if she ended up with Aspen. He will always love her in ways she'll never be able to love him back, and Aspen doesn't deserve to have to share the girl he loves with anyone else, even if said person chose somebody else. Aspen needs someone he can love, who will love him back in every way America can't.
I also think America loves Maxon, I think she loves them both in very different ways, & I do think she loves Maxon more. The way she responds to them and the way their relationships have stood gives me the idea that she would have gotten over Aspen in much less time, and been beyond happy with Maxon had Aspen not shown up at the palace. Her having to get over Aspen while Aspen is still there fighting for her is nearly impossible, I think she still cares deeply for him, and doesn't want to hurt him, but she doesn't love him the way she once did.
And then there's Maxon, who was quite the character in this book to say the least. I think he loves America as much or more than Aspen, though in a different way. He'd go to any lengths to keep her safe & show that he cares about her, but you can tell he's torn at the thought that she could leave him at any second and if she genuinely told him she didn't want him, he'd have to let her go, because he does care about her enough to not force her into anything she doesn't want.
Also there is Kriss, who I do think loves Maxon, but I don't think he loves her. In moments of stress, heartbreak, and genuine confusion, he found comfort in her love & generosity, but I don't think he loves her, and Kriss doesn't deserve someone who doesn't genuinely care about her for her. I think Kriss and Maxon would have ended up together was America not in the picture whatsoever, but Maxon loves America too much to be with anyone else.
So, all of that being said, I am Team Maxon until the end for all three of their sakes.
Also I think Aspen should end up with Lucy...
Hopefully all of that made since to you, I'll see you all again soon!