Long time since a book review but i am back! I just finished The Elite, the second book in The Selection series by Kiera Cass and I couldn’t put it down…i told myself to make sure i write this review before reading the next book. Safe to say that did not happen and i am halfway into the third book of 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.
I continue to love the story and the world created in this book. We learn more about the Northern and Southern Rebels that attack the palace, their motivations and end goals. However there still is one thing that is really annoying me throughout the story. So the rebels attack the palace, causing destruction and in some cases casualties- but how the hell do they get past the palace defences. This is the place where the royal family lives, yet the rebels continuously get past the defences again and again. Would they improve the defences after the second or third time they were breached? Apart from that i felt the world and context of the events were fleshed out and i am really interested in learning more about the wars and the formation of each country and the history behind them.
I felt that with the selection narrowed down to the six elite we really got to see more into what is required in becoming the Princess. This second book follows America as she still tries to decide between Aspen and the Prince, and whether she can really become a Princess coming from a lower caste and background then many of the other girls.
I must admit i was annoyed with America at the end of the book, running back to Aspen after the left her and after she is given a great opportunity not only for herself and her family- and Maxon is pretty ok. This book however she really comes into her own. She steps up and grows up, and realises that there are some issues that are much bigger then just the selection- such as the caste system and the rebels. I enjoyed her interactions with the other girls and the queen, and especially with her best friend Marlee. Her and Maxon’s interactions were weird i suppose- though that is to be expected as she is finally feeling jealous and anxious that he is not only courting her, put 5 other girls. Her and Aspen just annoy me, though i feel we have not really learnt much more about Aspen in this second book.
We are also exposed to the King for the first time- his interactions not only with Maxon but also with America. Though this is really explored in the third book (which i could not stop myself from reading more of)
I loved the first book and i continue to love the series as the second book was a great continuation of the story and really fleshed out the world and the characters. While you can call it a ‘romance book’ the romance is not overbearing or ‘too romantic’. There is a great balance between the romance, action and drama.
As i have already said i am well into the third book of the series. If you loved the first book definitely continue on with the series as it does not disappoint.