The Elite (The Selection #2) by Kiera Cass
The hotly-anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller The Selection.
Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Iléa.
America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.
Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.
I absolutely loved The Selection, so I immediately had to pick up The Elite after reading its predecessor. While I really enjoyed The Elite, I have to say that I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as The Selection. And I’m not completely sure why that is. I mean, of course a lot of things were different and there were character changes and stuff. So, maybe that’s all it was. It could have been, too, the changes between Maxon and America. I love Maxon, but he was a bit different in this book.
Also, there were a lot of questionable things that America did in The Elite that made me question her character a bit. I didn’t like how she was leading Aspen on for what seemed like selfish reasons. I mean, at the beginning of the novel, she decides to give it a go with Maxon (even though she is still back and forth throughout the book, so this is not a spoiler). At one point she does decide to choose Maxon. But it seems like she’s keeping Aspen thinking he has a chance just in case Maxon doesn’t choose her. It’s mean and unfair to Aspen and I don’t agree with it.
I also felt like America made some pretty stupid decisions. She continues to do stuff with Aspen in this book (kissing and whatnot). And even if they’re careful and don’t get caught, I still think it’s stupid. If she chooses to be with Maxon in the end, she will have to tell him about Aspen, otherwise they will never have a completely trusting and honest relationship. There will always be that secret. And secrets do not equal a happy ending. But she can’t tell him because then he would have to punish her and probably wouldn’t be able to be with her. So, she’s screwing herself over if she ever wants a real chance with Maxon. It’s very frustrating.
Okay, now that I’ve gotten out the things that bugged me, you should know that I really still loved this book. I absolutely can’t wait for the final book in the series, The One. I’m excited to see what happens! The story is very good and captivating and Cass has excellent story-telling abilities that captivated me all the way through both books! I’m a big fan of this series and would recommend it.
SIK’s Short ‘n’ Sweet Version (Point-form Style)
– The story kept me interested and completely captivated throughout.
– The romance (even though it was a tad frustrating at times).
– The characters were mostly good and likeable and relatable. And I loved learning more about the other remaining “Selected” girls.
– Some of the decisions made by America and how she acted at times.
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