The Elite (The Selection #2)
By Kiera Cass
Published April 23rd, 2013 by Harper Teen
The hotly-anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller The Selection.
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 Illea.
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.
After reading The Selection I was excitedly looking forward to reading the sequel. The Elite wasn't a bad sequel though I've seen that some people have thought is was kind of slow. Honestly I thought it was a pretty great sequel that gave us more information about The Selection and the palace and the kingdom's rules.
America is still in the running for Prince Maxon's heart and while it's obvious that Maxon has feelings for her America isn't as sure about her feelings. And while Maxon has the Elite to choose from America has Aspen and Maxon to choose from. Throughout the book America tries to figure out who her heart belongs too and at times I guess at times it could be annoying because I wanted her to already figure it out and choose someone. Maxon at the same time is trying to figure out who to keep and who to let go and maybe wondering if he should totally give his heart to America. America is also becoming stronger and realizing what she could do for the country.
Anyways I guess some could say that not too much happened during The Elite but I liked how America's character grew. She's been learning about the history of Illea and she's realizing that there could be a plus to becoming princess. She could help out the country and her people in the lower castes. So this book is full of drama, love, confusion, suspense and figuring out who one really is. All in all this was a good sequel and kept me wanting to read on and figure out what will happen to Maxon and America and Illea. So check this out for yourself!