Title: The Elite (The Selection #2)
Author: Kiera Cass
Format: Hardback (HarperTeen|Owned)
Summary (Goodreads): 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.
My thoughts: I enjoyed this book but not as much as the first as I found the pacing slow. There wasn’t much development in the overall but still acceptable. I’m a little disappointed that it wasn’t as good much less even better than the first. Its still a good read though but not a page-turner kind of book. I felt that the events could have been brought forward instead of parking it all at the back. I really hope that the third will be even better.
Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
God Prince Maxon’s actions are really unexpected. For the sake of America, he purposely cheated on her so that the other Elites wouldn’t get suspicious and sabotage her. The thing is America couldn’t take that blow. Lol and now she still doesn’t see it but forgave him. And Aspen I would say he’s foolish. America’s like now a royal “property” so he should know she’s untouchable. I mean yes its good to fight for one’s love. He’s selfish and only thinks about his wants. What kind of boyfriend is he. And he’s got a pretty huge ego. He knows that America is independent and in some ways she’s much better than him. But seriously, if you know you’re a chauvinist then dont date girls who are independent. Date those who are needy. I’m just matter of fact saying.
Moving on, the King dosen’t like America as compared to the other girls as he sees her as a threat. When she proposed that the country drop the caste system, he immediately cut her off and said that if she didnt lay low, he will make her life harder. So, somewhere in the third book, there’s gonna be an uprising and one way or another, and Illea will not have the caste system. There’s not much development in this book but hopefully the third one comes in with a bang!