Book: The Elite by Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #2
Date Published: April 23rd, 2013
Date Started: November 27th, 2013
Date Finished: November 27th, 2013
Other Books Reviewed: The Selection, The One
The Selection began with thirty-five girls.
Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?
America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want—and America’s chance to choose is about to slip away.
So I’m sure you’re noticing that the start and finish dates I have for this book are the same. No, its not a typo. I really did finish this book in one day. I don’t know why, but this makes me laugh. It wasn’t like I sat the entire day just reading this book. In fact, I started around noon, stopped to make my Thanksgiving cupcakes and eat dinner, and all that good stuff. I have to say, I spent maybe four, or five hours reading this. I would have read the book earlier, but I was waiting on my library for available copies on ebook, and it took a long time before that happened.
So, The Elite is the follow up to Cass’s first novel in the series, The Selection. I did a review of this book earlier this month, and you can check it out here on my blog. If you haven’t read it yet, I would suggest you head over to that review before tackling this one. The main character, America, has been placed into a competition for the heart of Illea’s heir, Prince Maxon. This novel is a continuation of that story. However, America has been thrown a twist in the fact that her ex-boyfriend is a guard at the palace as well, and her heart is torn. The country is also torn apart by attacks by different rebel groups, looming war with other counties, and all the other goodies associated with running a country. The relationships in this book are so complicated. America not only has to choose between her former love and the prince, but if she were to choose the prince, she has to compete with other girls.
I have to say, this book was better than The Selection. I thought that a lot of the characters were a little simplistic for me, especially Prince Maxon. However, I think that has changed drastically in The Elite. I thought Prince Maxon was so dreamy and perfect, and Aspen to be an idiot. The latter may still be true for me, however, Prince Maxon has changed. He seemed so innocent and childlike in the first novel, and now he seems to have grown up, but he has some secrets that I am not too fond of.
America’s relationship with Prince Maxon has also driven me crazy. Shes so finicky with him, and for gods sake, this is a competition. First she loves Aspen, then she loves Maxon more, and then she hates Maxon. I can’t keep up with how many times she flipped sides. And the consequences of her being finicky… don’t even get me started. This is truly the one gripe that I had with the book. I understand that America is supposed to be torn between her two loves, but the author seems to drive her wildly into one direction, and then when stuff hits the fan, she runs back to the safety of Aspen. I almost feel bad for Aspen because he has to deal with this girl who can’t decide what she wants. To be quite honest, I feel as though America could be a much stronger character. She has the making to be strong, don’t get me wrong. I ultimately believe that she will get to this conclusion, but I feel as though she needs to choose the crown because of all the good that she can do. Not because she likes kissing a prince. America hints that she wants whats best for people, and she acts upon it sometimes, but I feel as though she can take it a bit further. Speaking of the people, I said this in my review of the first book, but I still wish there was more involvement of the people of the country. Mostly its been a rebel there, a news article there, you know. Ultimately the people are what matter. Am I getting too warrior-esque for people here?
I have to say, I am more excited for the next book in the series. Granted, that doesn’t come out till early next year, but its close enough for me. I’m so used to waiting a full year, its kind of nice to have to only wait a few months. I’m going to still root for America and Prince Maxon, here, hoping that Maxon loses the “player” style of dating.