Written by Kiera Cass
Published April, 2013 by HarperTeen
Genres: Dystopian, Romance
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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.
The Elite was a good continuation of the story we left behind in The Selection. While it didn’t bring anything new to the table, it was definitely on par with its predecessor and kept me entertained enough to finish the book – which is always a good thing! I will be reading the next (and final?) installment as I’m genuinely interested in how Kiera Cass is going to tie this love triangle up!
The Elite pretty much carries right on from where The Selection ended. Although it took me a little time once again to warm up to the story and it’s characters (I couldn’t remember which girl in the competition was which) it was a little easier this time around since the pool of possible princesses had considerably thinned since the beginning of the competition.
America’s best friend Marlee’s story was definitely an interesting addition to Kiera Cass’ series. I definitely knew that Marlee wasn’t as invested in Maxon as all the other girls seemed to be, and her story cleared a few things up and showed us her true colours. Things certainly got interesting for her, and made her more appealing to me as a character.
America’s relationship with Maxon slowly advances and then… declines… AND THEN ADVANCES AGAIN… and then declines. Seriously, I cannot keep up with these two and the longer it goes on the more I’m not feeling their chemistry. I definitely wouldn’t pick Maxon for myself, that’s a certainty. I feel like he’s trying too hard to be the good guy, so it’s doubly vicious when he does something douche-baggy like his tryst with Celeste. I really don’t know how or why America accepted his excuse so willingly.
That being said, our leading lady America must be the biggest hypocrite EVER. Her relationship with Maxon is rocky, yes, but she has no right to be angry about his dabblings with the other girls when she’s sharing sneaky snogs with Aspen in dark rooms! I get that she’s trying to figure out her ‘feelings’ and decide if the palace and Maxon should be her future, but at least be fair about it.
At this point in time I’m hoping that poor Kriss get’s what she wants (Maxon) and America ditches Aspen for good, and learns what it’s like to be on her own for a while.
The palace politics are intriguing enough to keep me flicking through pages, but really I’m just intrigued to find out just how Kiera Cass is going to end this series. I honestly have NO CLUE at this point who America is going to end up with (if anyone) and that’s the kind of love triangle I like. There is no obvious choice for her at the moment (you get the feeling there is, but really, it could change at any moment).
The One doesn’t come out until May, 2014, but it’s already got a gorgeous cover. This series has a lot of flaws, but it’s enjoyable enough to continue and finish the series.
Recommended to: Fans of the first book will be pleased with The Elite.