Review : The Elite

By Keira Cass. #2 of The Selection Series. Grade B.+

Category : Dystopian, Young Adult – Romance

The Blurb : 

The Elite

The Elite

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.

The Story :

Exactly what the blurb says. With the Selection suddenly down to just 6 girls, Maxon is finding it increasingly difficult to give America the time she needs to decide whether she loves him or not. But with her finding Aspen (her first love) as a guard in the palace, America has never been more confused about her feelings. Also, the other girls are becoming just as competitive and America needs to learn how much influence she can have on the nation as she climbs up the Selection ladder.

What I liked / disliked :

If you followed my review of the first book, The Selection, you would know that I really loved the first book and I was desperate to begin with it’s sequel. But, honestly, I just felt like The Elite was a book simply written to bridge the gap between the first and the third book of the series. It was far too stretched with not much happening and the story going round the circles : America getting possessive and angry about Maxon dating other 5 of the Elite and then going and venting it all out by making out with Aspen. So it sort of bored me out. The only interesting bits I found in the book were those of the minor introductions of what the rebels attacking the palace and country, wanted. Also, again, Maxon is the character who stopped me from closing the book until I was done with it, though he did have some cheesy dialogues :

“America, there’s no question that you’ve had my heart from the beginning. By now you have to know that”

“I was afraid I was wrong, that you would change your mind any second. I’ve been looking for a suitable alternative, but the truth is …”—Maxon looked me in the eyes again, unwavering—“there’s only you. Maybe I’m not really looking, maybe they aren’t right for me. It doesn’t matter. I just know I want you. And that terrifies me. I’ve been waiting for you to take back the words, to beg to leave.”

Recommendations : 

If you have read the first book, then and only then will I recommend you to read this one (obviously). It is not a great book, but it is a necessary read if you wish to complete the series (at least the first part (3 books) of the 5  books series).



  1. Honestly, I really haven’t any time to read anything other than my academic reads. However, I have noticed that for me things have started to slowly die down with work material, and I was able to pick up “Sanctum” by Madeline Roux, the second of her trilogy. I read the first book “Asylum” and loved it. I also loved the real life photographs the author used to capture what it going on with the plot or story. You should definitely check out Asylum by Madeline Roux. That is the first of the trilogy. The second is Sanctum and then Catacomb.

  2. I totally agree! I felt like absolutely nothing happened in this book! It really had the potential to be so much more – well the whole series does in my opinion – and the only interesting parts were the ones about the rebels. I probably would have given it a C, or maybe a B- because I still kept wanting to read it, even though I wasn’t that interested in it! Bit of an oxymoron, eh?

    • I had the will to go on because I wanted o see what happens on A and M’s life
      But Elite was like, because it should be a trilogy, write something up!

  3. It’s a shame that it wasn’t as good as the first one. Maybe it will get better in the next one, I hope so!



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