Two sisters' reviews of Young Adult and Middle Grade books, inspired by their lovely library.
This book picks up right where The Selection ended, continuing the Selection but with only the Elite left to compete with… some things to look forward to include more romance, parties, beautiful dresses, excitement, confusion, and betrayal.
Series: The Selection, Book 2
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopia, Romance
Rating: 5 stars
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.
This book picks up right where The Selection ended, continuing the Selection but with only the Elite left to compete with. Because this book is like part two of the first one, it is hard to review without giving anything away.
Some things to look forward to include more romance, parties, beautiful dresses, excitement, confusion, and betrayal. Looking at other reviews of this book, I found very few good ones. Many claimed that this book had no beginning or end or that the characters were annoying, but I thought that this book was much better than The Selection because it lacked the slow beginning and got right into the meaty bits.
Much more is revealed in The Elite about the state of the world at this point in time (minor spoilers). The war in New Asia continues, and America makes some important discoveries that might sway her opinion of Illea and its original founder. More violent rebel attacks threaten the Elite and the other residents of the palace, but still there is much mystery surrounding the meanings and motives of these attacks.
I agree and disagree on the point that some of the characters were annoying at times. I tried hard to dislike both Aspen and Kriss, but despite them both competing against the one I was voting for, I did like their personalities a lot (minor spoilers). America annoyed me the most with her decision to continue sneaking off to hang out with Aspen even after the consequences for this action were clearly demonstrated to her in a brutal way.
All in all, The Elite wonderfully prepares the reader for the third and final book in the Selection series, The One, releasing on May 6th, 2014, which I am very much looking forward to.