Review of The Elite by Kiera Cass

Series: The Selection #2
Format: Paperback
Genres: Dystopia, Romance,
Pages: 232
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: 23/04/2013
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The Selection began with thirty-five girls. Now, with the group narrowed down to the Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon's heart is fiercer than ever--and America is still struggling to decide where her own heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen, who she always thought was the one?

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.



The Selection was a bit like marmite - you either loved it or hated it. For me, I loved it. I love reality TV shows where they have to whittle down the contestants to one, I love fairytale dresses and handsome princes. So naturally I fell in love with the story, despite my irritation at the love triangle.

The Elite picks up where The Selection left off and there's no doubt that this book suffers from second boo syndrome, there's a fair few twists and turns in this book that kept me reading. Sadly, the love triangle rears it's ugly head and stampedes throughout the story but I did my best to ignore it.

There's a shocking event that happens in this story that was just so brutal but reminded just how bad the world that America lives in is. The world inside the palace is rather small with all they have to worry about is rebel attacks, so it was good in a way to be reminded of how vicious the world could be. The rebels make more of an appearance in this story too and we start to learn more about them.

I started liking Maxon and America less in this book. She's flitting back and forth from Maxon and Aspen and he's just going with every girl that will have him and using the excuse that it's the competition that makes him that way, which was just total bs. I really did love Maxon in The Selection too.

This book is interesting, but not as memorable as The Selection for me. It's obviously worth the read though and decent enough filler while you're waiting to read the third book.


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