The Elite ~ Kiera Cass

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I’ll be reviewing the 2nd book in the Selection Series. Its The Elite by Kiera Cass. This book series is, by no means, a great work of literature that will forever be remembered. But it is a perfect summer read because it’s light, fluffy, but interesting at the same time.

About The Elite

The Elite by Kiera Cass

Series: Selection #2

Published by HarperTeen

Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Dystopian, Fantasy

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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

Initial Thoughts

I’m actually a little embarrassed by how much I liked the first book in The Selection series, because I loathe the entire concept of The Bachelor (and THE SELECTION was described as The Bachelor meets The Hunger Games).  I gave it a shot based on a few reviewers who likewise were surprised by how fun the debut was, and honestly, I couldn’t put it down once I started and I had a similar experience reading THE ELITE.

The Elite Selection

Review of The Elite
Plot

So in The Elite, we are still hanging out with Prince Maxon – America has made the cut and is in the final six. Maxon is doing all he can to convince America that she’s who he wants… all while dating 5 other girls.

I mean, you’ve all seen The Bachelor and any other of those irritating dating shows right? That’s this. In book form and the dude is a prince.

Let’s start with the plot. I mean, what there is of it. I swear 80% of this book is spent going back in forth in America’s mind on whether she can handle being a princess and whether she loves Maxon or whether she loves Aspen.

Okay… aside from the 80% of America being all wishy-washy, the other time is spent on the girls doing tasks to show they could succeed at being the princess and hiding in secret rooms from the rebels who seem to be searching the castle for something and leaving cryptic messages all over the walls after an attack.

Characters
In the first book, you didn’t really get to know about most of the other girls in the selection. We actually knew very little, other then a few little details about them. You start to learn more and more about the five other girls that remain at the palace. You definitely see the most growth in Kriss and Marlee, two of the girls in The Elite. And they slowly became two of my favorite characters.
America was a little different, though. While in the first book, she was awesome and fun, with just a bit of snark to her, she isn’t like that in the second book. At least not as much. I found that she would constantly flip-flop between loving Maxon and Aspen. One second “I LOVE MAXON” the next second “I HATE MAXON, AND I WILL FOREVER LOVE ASPEN” It was a little weird. Then again, most teen girls ARE like that, when they are in a relationship. But the flip-flopping didn’t drive me away from all the good parts about America. She really grows in the second book. She learns how to defend herself, and how to stand up for those she loves.
Maxon is by far my favorite character in this book. Even though he tends to do a couple stupid things. He wasn’t my favorite character in the first book but I started loving his character more and more. Don’t get me wrong, I still love Marlee, but Maxon is such a cute a adorable hopeless romantic. I couldn’t help but to fall in love with his character. And you could really tell he loved America.
Aspen is a great character, but I couldn’t help but hate him all throughout the book. Now depending on whether you hated or loved him in the first book, your opinion probably won’t change in the second book. He really doesn’t change. At all. Aspen stays Aspen. Although, he does try a little harder to get America to love him.
Now the king…. I hate him. I didn’t even have to think twice about this one! You start learning more about the king and queen. The queen is totally awesome and great and…well…an Queen. But the king…..just grinded my gears so much! I did NOT enjoy him. Yet he did seem to add a bit more to the story, so kudos to that! 
And..
One of my favorite parts in the book where the rebel attacks! They added so much more action and mystery. You couldn’t help but wonder why they kept attacking the palace and what they where looking for. Because in the first book, they make it clear that the reason the rebels search and break through all the furniture was because they where looking for something. You just don’t know what. Until now. They sotta give you a hint as to what they’re looking for.
Closing Thoughts

I was frustrated with the true lack of a plot and any movement forward with the story.And America’s flip-flopping. and near the end, America starts acting like a child… The story here felt very static and there was only one elimination, which wasn’t even really a true elimination. I think by this point we should have the field narrowed down a bit more but … that’s just me. It will be interesting to see how Cass wraps up this series. I imagine the final book will be filled with everything seeing as how this book wasn’t filled with much of anything. AND YES. I’ll be reading book three even if I end up hating everyone in it.

“Love is beautiful fear.”