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).