**Warning! If you haven’t read The Selection which is the first book in The Selection trilogy by Kiera Cass, there will be spoilers ahead. You can read my review of the first book instead if you haven’t started the series yet!**
The Elite by Kiera Cass is the second book in The Selection trilogy by Kiera Cass. It picks up right where the first book left off, with America still in the running to win the love of Prince Maxon and become the next Queen along with five other girls. I felt so conflicted upon finishing this books because I know that it’s not “good,” and yet I couldn’t put it down. Just like the first novel, I was hooked from the beginning and Kiera Cass managed to get me invested in the characters even though they make me want to scream at points.
Sadly, I did not enjoy this book as much as the first. I liked it and I was able to read it quickly but I found that the majority of elements that bugged me about the first book tended to be amplified in book two. The main annoyance being America’s indecisiveness. She constantly flip flops between Aspen and Maxon and she tends to think she truly loves whoever happens to be in front of her at the moment. I’m not the biggest fan of love triangles as it is and America’s back and forth is mostly getting on my nerves. I’m not convinced she should be with either guy at this point. But that being said, JUST PICK THE PRINCE AMERICA JEEZE.
I did however love that this book delved more deeply into the political situation the country is in. I think the politics surrounding the republic and the attacks by rebels from the North and the South are what tended to hold my interest the most throughout the story. It’s clear that whatever the outcome of the series, the characters are living in a world where change is necessary. I really hope that in the next book the characters will recognize the bigger events happening and put their own minor issues aside to help the overall kingdom.
Final Thoughts: The Elite by Kiera Cass, book two in The Selection series, is just as fast paced and addicting as the first. The insufferable love triangle between America, Maxon and Aspen continues and America’s constant back and forth is an annoyance throughout the entire story. If you liked the first book and you’re looking for a mostly mindless read, I would suggest continuing on with the series.
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. (via Goodreads)