Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Review - The Elite

Title - The Elite 
Author - Kiera Cass 
Series - The Selection #2
Genre - YA Dystopia Romance
Published - April 23rd 2013
Publisher - HarperTeen
Format - Hardcover


The hotly-anticipated sequel to the New York Timesbestseller 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.


I've been dying to read The Elite after finishing The Selection the only reason I've avoided it the last few months is because the wait for The One is so long. The Elite starts off right after the end of The Selection with the six remaining girls still all attempting to win over the prince Maxom. America is torn between being with the man she’s falling in love with and the man she’s loved for so long. 

While the girls remain focused on winning the prince’s heart around them attacks from both the north and south pushing to end the Selection before the prince makes his choice. As the threat’s get more violent the king press’s his son to eliminate more girls moving closer to ending the selection before the rebels can end it themselves. As the Selection progresses she will best tested in more ways than she can imagine as all the girls are each tested some in harsher ways than others.

I really love America’s character she is very strong, stubborn, defiant, acting rashly. Yet she follows her head and heart even when it’s not always the best choice speaking out for what she feels is right. I have enjoyed reading about her adventure in the selection watching how she grows from just wanting to be there for her family to really wanting to be the one. I'm kind of torn on the whole Maxon and Aspen thing, at first I hated Aspen for the way he treated America and now I’m not so sure. As for Maxon we kind of have a love hate relationship, every time I think he’s perfect he end up doing something to make me hate him. I tend to avoid love triangles but this seems to be the exception. 

The Elite is a fun continuation of America’s journey through the selection process. Like the first the elite is very much Revolution meets The Bachelor which I kind of love. I can't stop talking about this series I even tried to push the books onto people I’ve just met. I love the concept it brings a unique twist into the whole dystopian genre which I also love. The characters are fantastic you can’t help loving them even the ones who are oh so bad you just love to hate. I’m torn over America’s choice but that’s to be expected I just hope The One ends the way I want it to when I figure that out. The Elite is a fast paced story just like the first I finished it in an afternoon so captivating I was unable to put it down. I’m dying for the next book can’t wait to see how it’s all going to end. 

5 out of 5 stars


  1. Yay, I'm glad you liked it! I just finished the Selection and I'm going to read the Elite right now. :) You're right, though... the wait for The One is way too long!

  2. So glad you enjoyed The Elite. I'm looking forward to reading it soon and hope I will enjoy it as much as I did reading The Selection, which I thought was such a fun and fast read. Thanks for the great review. :)