The Elite is the second book in the Selection series by Kiera Cass. It follows the progress of the Selection’s participant America Singer, and her struggles within the palace.
First of all, I’d like to say that this book was actually a lot better than I had originally expected it to be. I’m not much into romances, and the main plot of this is relatively predictable, but there are definitely some unique aspects. Honestly, the situation with Marlee was just… awful. But in a good way. I mean, it was written wonderfully, and it made me really angry. But Maxon managed to bring it around so well, in a way that I really wasn’t expecting (and neither was America!).
As for the king’s reaction… I really wasn’t expecting that either. I think it really brings some depth to Maxon’s character, and some suspense to America’s fight within the contest.
One thing I’m not so sure about is the way America just decides to accept the way Maxon flirts with the other girls. I understand that he has to have a back-up in case things don’t work out with his first choice, but I would not be as calm as her about it. She does get a little upset by it, but I just feel like Maxon’s just that bit shallower thanks to his relationships with the other girls.
America continues to be a strong character, and as defiant as ever. But something about her was missing in this sequel. I’m not sure, perhaps she seemed a little less passionate in this book or something. Something with her just didn’t seem quite right.
Anyway, I did enjoy this book. There’s a decent amount of action with the rebel attacks, and a fair amount of romance (if you’re into that kinda thing). Some parts were a bit rushed in my opinion, but there were multiple unexpected, unique parts too. I think The Elite just about deserves 4 stars.