The Elite (Selection Series #2)

The Elite (Selection Series #2)

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by Kiera Cass

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Kiera Cass’s The Elite is a must-read for fans of dystopian fiction, fairy tales, and reality TV. This sequel to The Selection will enchant teens who love Divergent and The Bachelor.
In America Singer’s world, a bride is chosen for the prince through an elaborate televised competition. In the second book of the Selection

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Kiera Cass’s The Elite is a must-read for fans of dystopian fiction, fairy tales, and reality TV. This sequel to The Selection will enchant teens who love Divergent and The Bachelor.
In America Singer’s world, a bride is chosen for the prince through an elaborate televised competition. In the second book of the Selection series, America is one of only six girls left in the running. But is it Prince Maxon—and life as the queen—she wants? Or is it Aspen, her first love?
The Elite delivers the adventure, glamour, political intrigue, and romance readers of The Selection expect, and continues the love triangle that captivated them.

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Publishers Weekly
In this sequel to The Selection, America Singer continues her deliciously entertaining quest for the affection of Prince Maxon and the title of Princess of Illéa in her country’s time-honored tradition. Now whittled down to six girls, the Elite, the competition has grown even more cutthroat. Though Prince Maxon has made his feelings for America known, she wavers between wanting to be his future bride and following her ever-present feelings for her first love, Aspen, a guard from her hometown who has been assigned to protect her at the palace. Like the first book in the trilogy, this installment offers delightfully royal treatment for America, cat-fighting and tension between the remaining girls, a bit of dramatic action when rebels invade the palace, and, of course, tantalizing clandestine moments with both Maxon and Aspen. America’s “whatever shall I do?” musings can get a little taxing, but all in all, Cass delivers another round of enjoyable, clean, romantic fun for readers who would love to spend just one day in America’s pampered shoes. Ages 13–up. Agent: Elana Roth, Red Tree Literary. (May)
Children's Literature - Natalie Gurr
The second round of the Selection is beginning and only six girls remain. The competition is heating up and America is still unsure of her heart. She is torn between Aspen and Prince Maxon. Aspen is her first love but Maxon makes her feel special and appreciated. The rest of the Elite know exactly what they want and are not afraid to fight for it. Meanwhile, things are becoming tenser within the kingdom, leading America to question everything she knows. The story is driven by America's indecision regarding Maxon and Aspen, while political turmoil within the kingdom completes the backdrop. America is becoming more mature and teenagers will easily relate to her growing pains. While the plot is somewhat repetitive, readers will enjoy the same caliber of writing found in The Selection. The love triangle is subtle and the characters are likable and relatable. The material is appropriate for middle school readers. Reviewer: Natalie Gurr
VOYA - Erin Forson
Six girls remain in the competition for Prince Maxon, and America is a favorite among The Elite. Yet, America is not sure she is equipped to be princess, and worse, she still has feelings for Aspen. The clock ticks as the political situation in the country becomes more unstable and The Selection comes closer to its conclusion. Will America resolve her feelings in time? The plot moves more quickly in book two as rebel attacks intensify and the girls become more competitive, ratcheting up the tension. Some secrets of Illea's past are revealed—a history hidden behind castle walls that contradicts the oral history embraced by Illea's people. It is a welcome addition to the series, as details about the dystopian kingdom come to light that were only previously sketched out. America's character is more fully developed; in simple prose readers see the complicated feelings that can evolve when one feels love for two individuals—albeit a very different kind of love for each. Aspen is America's "one constant." He represents America's link to the past, and her inability to move forward. Prince Maxon, however, clearly has a hold on her heart, but that hold brings with it America's encroaching adulthood—adulthood she is not ready to embrace. The dystopian elements take a backseat to the romance, and because of this, public and school librarians may find this work appeals more to readers of romance writers like Sarah MacLean and Anna Godberson rather than to fans of The Hunger Games. Reviewer: Erin Forson
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—In The Selection (HarperCollins, 2012), 35 young women applied to compete for the chance to marry Prince Maxon and become princess of Illéa. America Singer is one of the six Elite contestants remaining at the palace. The girls perform various tasks in addition to going on dates to get to know the prince better. Maxon has told America that he likes her, and, if she could only say she cares for him, the competition would be over. Of course, he is still dating the other contestants. America is confused when she sees the way he acts with the others. Because she has only known him for a brief time, it is hard for her to trust him when his actions convey something entirely different. To complicate matters, Aspen, America's ex, who still loves her, is a guard at the palace. When rebels attack, Maxon and America are able to spend some time together, which enables them to clear up how they feel about one another. It will be up to America to prove herself as she competes against the remaining girls in book three. The Elite seems like a mix between The Bachelor, The Hunger Games, and Downton Abbey, but it is set in the future after the United States falls to China. Part of the plot involves learning how the United States became Illéa, a monarchy. Some parts of the story lack background information, but possibly the next book will answer these questions. There is a lot going on here, but readers can pick up with this book and, for the most part, make sense of it.—Jesten Ray, Seattle Public Library, WA
Kirkus Reviews
Illéa's Selection pool of potential princesses has been reduced from 35 to six (The Selection, 2012), and the competition's getting tense. Among the six is feisty, iconoclastic America. If Prince Maxon Selects her, as he swears he wants to, she and her lowborn family will rise to Ones in Illéa's caste system. America is finally ready to say yes when her best friend is eliminated from the Selection with upsetting violence after being found in flagrante with her illicit boyfriend. How can America imagine marrying the future head of such an unjust government? Suddenly, former love Aspen seems attractive again. Love triangle re-established, Cass sends America's emotions lurching back and forth between Aspen and Maxon for the rest of the book. Life at the palace is periodically punctuated by episodes of violence, as various rebel factions break in and then fall back. The mischievous Northern rebels steal books; the scary Southern ones leave threatening graffiti. Twenty-first-century readers will wonder at the monumental ineptitude of the palace guard. Cass tries to compensate for the virtually nonexistent worldbuilding of the first book with occasional infodumps and excerpts from the diary of Illéa's founder, secretly lent to America by Maxon. As in the first book, though, the thoughts a well-formed dystopia ought to provoke are buried by the bitchy politics of the Selection and the teeter-totter of America's yearnings. Vapid, but at least it reads fast. (Dystopian romance. 12 & up)

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The Elite 4.5 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 691 reviews.
dear_prudence More than 1 year ago
I purchased this at midnight on my Nook. I told myself I was only going to read 50 pages or so and then go to sleep. I am now at work with a pounding headache and blurry eyes because of course 50 pages was not enough and I ended up reading the entire thing by 5am. It was so, so worth it though! I should start by saying that I am Team Maxon all the way, so all the little American/Maxon moments just made my heart flutter. I don't want to give away any details, so I'm not going to say much about what happened. I lot of interesting developments/twists. The only thing that bothered me is that I feel like there's so much we still don't know about the rebels and who they are or what their purpose is. Otherwise, I sincerely loved The Elite! Can't wait until the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Super excited for the next novel! Hope she chooses Maxon...Aspen is so annoying
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins publishers and Netgalley.) This is book 2 in the ‘The Selection’ series, and picks up where book 1 left off. The 35 girls of ‘The Selection’ have been reduced to just 6, and it’s time for America to not only work to keep her place in the game, but to also make a decision as to who she really wants to be with – Prince Maxon, or her childhood sweetheart Aspen The competition is also heating up, with some unexpected events, and more rebel action. What do the rebels want? Who will be sent home next? And who will America choose? Beautiful and captivating, this book had me from the very first page! I loved ‘The Selection’, and I was so excited to finally have a copy of ‘The Elite’ to read, and I really was not disappointed. America continued to be not only the underdog of the competition, but also the one who truly seemed to have captivated the prince’s heart. Her heart seemed to be in the right place in that she was always doing what seemed right to her, even if the things she did endeared her more to the lower castes than the king. The romance in this book was quite sweet, but I really wanted America to just make a decision and stick with it! It seemed obvious how America and Maxon felt about each other, so the fact that he was off flirting with the other 5 girls in the selection, and she was still making out with Aspen was a bit annoying! I really wanted Maxon to just propose, and send the other girls home instead of them constantly seeming to play games with each others feelings. America also wore something which linked her to Aspen which for me was a really stupid thing to do, and the way she kept asking for more time was irritating too! I have to say that if America and Maxon don’t end up together by the end of this series I will be really annoyed! I liked the storyline in this book, and although America was a little immature and indecisive at times I couldn’t help but love this story. I don’t know what it is about these books but I really love the way they are written, and I actually think that ‘The Elite’ was better than ‘The Selection’! Overall; I really loved this book, and although America had her faults, I hated to put this down! Can’t wait for book 3!!! I want it now!!! 9 out of 10.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Parts of this book made me so frustrated, Kriss just comes out of nowhere adding more drama, I found my self sreaming at Maxon wodering what in the world he was he thinking, and now I have to wait for another book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First of all, i will address the cover that so many seem to dismiss as subpar when held next to the cover of the selection. I strongly disagree however. The America portrayed on this cover is defiant in her one simple gaze that shows the fire burning inside her which is the characteristic that has made her so many admirers. While she is not a favorite of those brainwashed by the iron fist of King Clarkson, she hold the unwavering adoration and loyalty of those who are being shoved aside and those who see that sometimes defiance and boldness are the only ways to truly fix what must be changed. As for the storyline, hearts are broken then mended and secrets are kept and spilled like any other book but this one is one where practically every page is like throwing another log into Kiera Cass's bonfire of brilliance. America's attitude is fully expressed with her true personality deeply investigated. Every obstacle in her path is a twist for the reader to enjoy and chance for this fiery redhead to prove that she has what it takes to be the best that she can be. Unlike the selection, this story finally delves into the mystery of the rebels and their attacks though nothing concrete is revealed just yet. However there are clues which the reader can use to paint up their own theory. There is also a much more realistic story of love depicted this time around. Real love contains the overwhelming pressure of your peers, the cutting fear that finds the smallest cracks in your defences and rips you to shreds, the greatest joy that gives you wings to soar above it all, and most of all life experience that changes you and leaves a deep imprint on your mind and soul. Cass shows how the selection is truly changing America for the worse and for the better. The heroine lashes out, loses her cool, and shows the people what it means to stick up for things despite the odds that you will undoubtedly lose. In this book, there is more at stake than just America's feelimgs of safety or her certainty of who to choose. Now this is more than just America's story. It is the story of an adventure that may change all of Illea for the better or tear the whole country apart. And America just may be the cause of either outcome.
CherylM-M More than 1 year ago
The Selection has become a game within a game...Take the concept of a reality show and add a pinch of dystopian class structure and you have this series. The Bachelor for teenagers. It is written in a very simplistic manner.It lacks the gritty substance of a YA and is geared stylistically more towards young teens and indeed I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to readers age 13 plus. It is filled with the fantasy of young girls. Pretty dresses and handsome boys vying for the heroines attention. Unfortunately she seems to be just a tad on the fickle side and the content of the book is a long extended game of the following. Oh Maxon likes me, wait a minute Aspen is really kind of cute, Maxon likes me, oh no wait a minute no he doesn't, uhm Aspen is cute...errm Maxon might like me? Fair enough younger readers and YA/Teen category lovers will probably adore it. I think the author needs to be careful not to let the series become too predictable. The next book will eliminate two more girls and so on. Whatever essence of faux fantasy life attracted readers to the first book is slowly starting to dissipate in this second one. I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!! This book will have your emotions going every which way. Your thoughts and feeling will completly change several times thoughout and by the end have you screaming for more! Great sequel but its exactly that.. a sequel so you must read the selection first.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So many twists and exciting moments! Could not put this book down! I've NEVER reviewed a book on here, but I just had to for this series. The ending was completely unexpected and thrilling at the same time! I need an advanced readers copy of book three please! Where do I sign up????
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was sooo amazing don't get me wrong, but America is too indecisive and it seems like all she can do is be angry. Celeste isn't a big problem in this book, when it would have been more fun if she had. I love whatnhappened to Marlee, it made youbunderstand what was going on in the last book. Maxon needs to step up and say to America I'm keeping you until the end. Maxon always says he loves America, but he never really proves it throughout the book. Aspen is awesome as always.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First of all,when is the next book comming out?I hate Kriss so much she obviously wants America gone, in the first book she was nice but when she said "no wonder maxon LIKED you so much" In this book I lost it.And did maxon honestly think it was the best idea to hook up with Kriss right after what happened to marlee,that was seriusly the time when America needed him the most.I hate how maxon likes kriss just as much as america because of a stupid the first book,maxon and america were so cute.what the heck happened?and as for Aspen,his atteps for america are just getting pathetic.I either want him to die in arebel attac or marrie lucy.Also I dont know what maxon was thinking on the whole making out with Celest thing,Id like to see maxons reaction to america making out with one of his worst animies,and by the way his excuse was the lamest thing ever,if you want to feel loved threw kissing go kiss america or even kriss but you DONT kiss celeste.over allid have to admit that in the next book im excited to see america actualy try to win maxons heart;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! The only reason it got four stars instead of five is because of aspen. He keeps getting in the way of america and maxon! He also( spoiler alert!) Keeps telling lies about maxon to america, which then makes her like aspen instead of maxon, and it makes me sooooo frustrated! So, team maxon all the way!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was a big step down from the Selection. The whole book had no purpose; nothing has changed. Maxon's still in love with America, America still hasn't made up her mind, and Aspen's still left hanging on. I would have said spoiler alert but you already knew all that from the Selextion: my point exactly. Not a lot of eventfulthings happened and whem somethimg did and I thought the plot would twist for sure, everything got straightened out right back to plain old boring. In the first book, America seemed so strong, but in this book if I had a dime for every time she broke dow crying, I'd be rich. I would have liked to read more about America's family. I'm not saying they disappeared, except for Gerad, just that I would have liked to known how the money America was sending helped the family. Also, the characters' personalities changed too. Examples: America is less strong and more whiny, Maxon is less caring, Marlee is less perky, and Celeste acts not threatening anymore but bored. Maybe it was suppose to be like that and have some deeper meaning, but I liked their personalities a lot better in book 1. Even though this book did not live ip to my, and probably your, expectations, I still recommend reading it because it is a good book just not nearly as good as the first. So ya, read this book just lower your expectations first so you can finish the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After just finishing this book about 5 minutes ago i would have to say that while slow at times the ending made the entire thing worth reading. At the beginning it felt like Cass was just trying to strech out the story to make it go onto three books but now it all makes sense and it was amazing, although it still feels like step back from the first book The Selection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I seriously wish bn would ban all plot spoilers. I hate trying get a decent review and all i see are these uber long plot spoilers. Ok, i get it, you read the book. GIVE THE REST OF US THE CHANCE TO READ AND ENJOY IT TOO.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed all the twists and turns. Im mad America cant make up her mind. even in the end its still not clear if she REALLY will choose maxon over aspen
lovemNOOKTN More than 1 year ago
Very good - read it in one day.   Can't wait for the third book to see how it ends.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was much worse than the first one. She is the most wishy washy about who she wants and Maxon claims she has his heart but he doesn't do anything to make that very convincing. He's kind of a jerk and plays the field a lot. I'd need a lot more reassurance from him. Frankly the second book was a huge disappointment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book sooooo much! It has way too many twists and turns, that you can't seem to put the book down. I so can NOT wait for the third book! I think everyone should read this!
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sarahreid More than 1 year ago
Really looking forward to the next one. This was a great 2nd book. Even tho it has been a while since I read the first book it was easy to jump right back in and not feel lost. Overall I really like this series!
ImaginaryReads More than 1 year ago
I was looking forward to reading this book because I loved The Selection so much. However, it fell flat for me and was not at all what I was expecting for the second book in a planned trilogy. Mysteries were introduced in The Selection with the rebel groups and political intrigue of life at the palace. There was much potential for The Elite to explore the world and set up the plot of the "final battle." Instead, it focuses on America's love life and how torn she is between Maxon and Aspen. I know that she entered the Selection following a bad breakup with Aspen, and it's understandable that her heart is in turmoil. However, it wasn't what I wanted to see in a dystopian. And, while she doesn't mean to play with their feelings, she ends up hurting both of them with her indecision, and watching her do this to them, to herself, made me lose some of the respect I'd built for her. She also nearly wrecks her chance of being with the one she truly loves because of her inability to open her heart and trust in what's happening between them. I really didn't see much purpose in Aspen chasing America all the way to the Selection. (I was actually a bit creeped out... it's almost like a crazy ex-boyfriend stalker scenario. And he was a really big jerk about breaking up. Who is he to start talking about how great they were when he's the one who didn't have the confidence to make their relationship work?) What America says to him at the end, however, has me wondering if there is some greater role to his presence at the palace. Hopefully there is because I'd hate to see him serve the sole purpose of adding a spice of forbidden romance to the whole affair. I'm not a big fan of drama-filled love triangles, especially when it causes the plot to stagnate. The world building was also sadly lacking in this novel, which was my biggest grief. For me, I expect the second book in a trilogy to thicken the plot and make preparations for the epic ending that's to come in the third book. While we do learn more about the history of the world in The Elite, it isn't much. There is still so much more being kept from us. I was also expecting to learn more about the rebel groups, but nothing much happens here other than a couple more incidents. I'm not sure how the rebel plotline can be wrapped up satisfactorily with only one more book left in the trilogy. I do want to know how the Selection wraps up, so I'll be reading the third book. And who knows? While The Elite ended up being a letdown, maybe I'll end up loving The One as much as I did The Selection. After The Elite, however, I don't have as high expectations for the trilogy as I did before.
Legal1313 More than 1 year ago
Huge let down from the first book which wsa much better written. It was simply a rehash of the first book with no real plot advancement. Seemed like the author was just trying to stretch this series out a bit. I will read the next book just to finish the series with the hope that the third book will be better giving a finality to the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think I might love Kiera Cass for writing this book! I cannot wait for The One!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very interesting and caused a stir of emotions, I was left yearning for the third book. During the story, I found myself in tears and shaking because of what was happening and I couldn't believe the surprises Cass has brought. The story gives more insight to all the feelings of the main characters and even though you might get a little confused with all the changes in perspective, it is a recommended to read. I hope this helped.~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very interesting! There were definetly some unexpected things happen(atleast to me). I didnt really know what to think about the whole back and forth between maxon and aspen but it was still very good. Really though i was hoping for a different ending. Maybe it ended a little abruptly for me but thats okay because it means more suspense leading up to book three. When is it coming out though? It cant be soon enough!!!