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The Elite

by Kiera Cass

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | April 15, 2013 | Hardcover

The Elite is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 10.

The selection began with 35 girls. Now, with the group narrowed down to the Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon''s love is fiercer than ever. The closer America gets to the crown, the more she struggles to figure out where her heart truly lies. Each moment she spends with Maxon is like a fairy tale, filled with breathless, glittering romance. But whenever she sees her first love, Aspen, standing guard, she''s swept up in longing for the life they''d planned to share.

America is desperate for more time. But while she''s torn between her two futures, the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want-and America''s chance to choose is about to slip away.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.38 × 6 × 1.1 in

Published: April 15, 2013

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062059963

ISBN - 13: 9780062059963

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing. Just amazing. I LOVE the Selection. The Elite was amazing. I suggest you to read the first one before you read Elite. I cudnt believe it wen the book ended.
Date published: 2014-07-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing sequel The Selection was one of my favorites last year and I'm sad to say that the Elite didn't live up to the first book. In the Elite, we get to find out more about Aspen and Maxon. You see America going between these two boys and just how undecisive she is in choosing which boy she likes. It's kind of annoying but also entertaining at the same time. Due to certain things revealed in this book, I don't like or trust Maxon anymore. He seems like he's hiding something and that he might have an ulterior motive. So now, I'm all for Aspen! Woot! Despite sounding not all that excited about this book, it did have its good points. I think it all comes down to The One (the third book), where they finally end everything. Palace life is as always, the girls are always trying to cause each other's downfalls and compete in palace duties. There was a bit on the rebels and I wish we could have found out more about them. While reading this book, my mind was going everywhere so I didn't have much thought to take notes. Basically, I wish this book was better and it could have been better. Now, I'm just waiting on The One.
Date published: 2014-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Follow Up to The Selection The Elite is the second book in the dystopian series by Kiera Cass. In The Selection there were 35 girls and now in The Elite it is down to 6 girls. 6 girls and one of them has the change to be The One. The one that gets to marry Prince Maxon and change her life completely. America is one of the six and she is not sure if she wants to be with Maxon or with Aspen, who she was previously in love with before she became part of the Selection. With war growing stronger everyday between the Northerners and the Southerners, the Selection is getting more dangerous by the minute. Cat fights within the castle and real fighting outside. I love the selection of YA dystopia I've read so far. The Hunger Games was a awesome read, and The Selection series is great as well. I initially thought this series was The Bachelor meets YA dystopia, but it is growing into so much more. While I was reading The Elite I had so many emotions. As the war grows the feeling inside the castle is very intense. The castle gets invaded so many times and with each time there is the worry that someone involved in the Selection will be killed. I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen!! In The Elite the reader learns a lot more about the history of Ilea, the castes system and how the country became the way it is today. It was really fascinating reading and left me wanting to read The One, the final book in the trilogy, now!!
Date published: 2014-03-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Absolute Failure. I really disliked this book, I thought The Selection was done well enough but I guess I expected too much from The Elite and find I wasted three hours of sleep on this book. I came to thoroughly dislike the majority of characters including the protagonist. I honestly felt angered at the way this sequel was written and never intend to read it again. This was simply not the book series I was hoping for and I failed to find a single thing I liked about it. Though I would no longer recommend this series I urge you to take a look yourself and come to your own conclusion.
Date published: 2014-05-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Exciting sequel - Can't wait for the conclusion Originally posted to http://bibliophilesisters.wordpress.com/ This book was on my most anticipated for 2013, so I was extremely excited to read it. First let’s talk about the cover. I really loved the cover for The Selection, and that was what drew me to the series in the first place. I like the bright color and that overall look of the cover but I do find the girls face and hair are a little awkward looking. I wonder what the next book will look like. My original thoughts was Purple, but the novella is that color. My next thought is green. There are lots of rumors circulating around the internet lots of green/gold/white guesses. What color would you like to see? When it becomes available I will do a post. So about this book. Well I don’t even know where to start. Overall this book was a rollercoaster ride; I feel like most people either loved it or hated it, and I was lucky enough to really enjoy the ride. Now that the competition was down to only six girls we were able to get to know the characters better. It’s hard to remember all the girls when there are 35 and so now you get to see everyone’s true colors. There is also more attention on the contest aspect and we see more challenges for the girls. I enjoy America, but at times I wanted to throttle her! She seemed a little bipolar in this book. There are the times when she decided that she wants to be with Maxon, and then like a little child she makes rash decisions when she is angry and hates him again. I don’t even know why there is even a question to her. Maxon seems like a great guy who genuinely likes her and wants to make her his Princess, but she rejects him repeatedly for Aspen. Don’t even get me started on Aspen. I loathe everything about this character. I know it’s because of the way that the books are written, but I just don’t understand how anyone could be Team Aspen!! We also got to know more about the royal family. It was nice to see more of the Queen she seems like a great character however, I don’t understand why she is married to the king. The real King is revealed, and he seems like a jerk by the end of the book he has it out for America. She better be careful in the future. There are more break ins and we learn more about the rebels, but I wish we find out exactly what’s going on with them. This book definitely had more drama, intrigue and excitement. At times I was holding my breath, and I found myself eagerly flipping pages to see what happened next. I feel that a lot of things happened in this book, but at the end we aren’t even that much closer to Maxon picking The One. There weren’t that many girls who went home. I thought at this point we would be down to 2-3 girls. Waiting for the next book titled The One which is expected to be released May 2014 will be torture because I desperately want to know if Maxon and America will finally end up together, if the rebels will get what they want, and if the caste system remain intact. So many questions. I will keep you guys up to date when we have more information about the conclusion to the trilogy.
Date published: 2013-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Whole Year?!? When I read the Selection, I couldn't wait for the next book to come out. I bought it as soon as it was available. The Elite is a great book to bridge the questions and story for what had happened and what is to come. I ejoyed the book but was begining to get annoyed with America and her flipflopping. It became tiresome and was confusing at times. I am sad that the 3rd installment won't be available until May 2014. I can't wait to see how it ends. This story has the potential to end predictable but I hope to be pleasantly surprised in the end. This book really is "Hunger Games meets The Bachelor".
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Only 6 remain.... Wow, just as good as the first one, But lacking with the element of surprise. It was a little dull in some points but I loved the drama and in this case it really worked for the series and the events.
Date published: 2013-12-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Irresistible Sequel! I have an odd fascination with The Selection series. There are times when I love it, and other times when I just want to throw the book at a wall and rant about it. Yet, I still can't look away. There's always a burning curiosity within me to know what happens next! Now that I knew what to sort of expect quality-wise, I enjoyed The Elite so much more than The Selection. And, seriously, I would buy this book just for its absolutely gorgeous cover alone! In The Elite, America could be such a hypocrite sometimes. Now that only six girls remain in the Selection, the pressure is on and while some of the girls may act like friends, no one can forget they're in the middle of a fierce competition. America is irked and jealous that Maxon keeps company with the other girls, but isn't she betraying him when she's with Aspen? Maxon has a monarchy to consider and a lot of responsibility rests on his shoulders. It's not exactly fair of America to make him wait when there's so much at stake, yet Maxon is still very much devoted to her, even when she doesn't always see it. America's stolen moments with Aspen left me holding my breath in anxiousness, worried someone in the palace would catch them together. They share a history together that no one else can ever know, and while America's feelings continue to grow for the charming Prince Maxon, she's never forgotten the dreams of the future she once imagined with Aspen. Romantic drama aside, I did think America grew as an individual in this novel. In The Selection, she doubted herself because she came from a higher caste level than the other girls, but in The Elite, America finally gains more confidence to believe that she's worthy to be crowned princess of Illéa. Her family may not have powerful connections, but America's compassion and strength in the face of adversity are just as important. The world-building in this series is relatively light compared to other dystopian novels, but we do learn more about Illéa's origins in The Elite. Rebels also continue to periodically attack the palace, but it's still unclear what sort of objectives or end game they have in mind. And after a tumultuous conclusion, America is definitely walking on thin ice now and she'll have to be more careful than ever, showing caution in her actions instead of making rash decisions without considering the consequences. The Elite is an irresistible sequel with enough romance and hints of danger to tide you over until readers can get their hands on The One. I can't wait to see how Kiera Cass will conclude the trilogy! You can also read this review at: http://midnightbloomreads.blogspot.ca/2013/05/the-elite-by-kiera-cass.html
Date published: 2013-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Semi Finals 35 girls came in to the competition, only 6 remain. The Elite is the second book in The Selection series and I thought it was a solid book. I read The Selection last year and I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed the book, a Dystopian society meets The Bachelor it was an interesting concept and to see the story and characters progress was great. I was a little annoyed with America our main character, I did not like how she kept going back and forth between Maxon and Aspen with her feelings, it seemed to fickle. Other than that I thought the book was solid and I look forward to the next and final book in the series.
Date published: 2013-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pick up this book (Sequel)!! Sooo Kiera Casss I need book 3 immediately after that ending! The Elite was beyond amazing and Maxon has definitely won me over with his compassion and love for America!! As most of you know I loved Thttp://community.indigo.ca/reviews/create-books-978006205996.html#he Selection and the same for this one because it was completely and utterly one book that will keep you to read more of! I was definitely hooked to reading what was going to happen after all these rebel attacks on the kingdom. The writing was very well put together and I was not disappointed after reading The Elite. The plot and romance increased A LOT which I was happy about because America did need to connect with Maxon more, at the same time Aspen is trying to redeem himself to her. As one of The Elite, America is definitely under the pressure of trying to make a choice between them at the same time, I saw her in The Elite as much a stronger character who can defend herself and maybe in the end become a princess. Maxon, Maxon, Maxon. I loved you even more in this book and with your kindness and patience you have made a way into may heart. We also saw the progess of how Illea came to be and how it was created with the caste system. It was a very interesting take of events. There was surprises with some of the characters and the story did more show the relationship more of America and Maxon which I also liked. The political turmoil is more of a precaution and it was interesting of why are the rebels attacking the castle or what were they looking for. The Halloween scene is definitely a favorite in the book because its a ball and Maxon wanted to do this for America. The Elite had my emotions everywhere and I wanted to cry at the end of what was happening between America and Maxon, and Aspen who needs to rethink some stuff as well. There were moments of utter chaos and hoping nothing would happen to the characters (maybe Celeste who I want out of the Selection), but as more secrets behind the kingdom started to come out it will be an eye opener for the next book which I sense is going to be utter chaos and more competition, romance and pretty dresses! The Elite is one book you need to read right away because this sequel will make you cry, scream and just cry!! I want the next book right now, if you havent picked up The Selection I must command you to go pick it up and give it a try if you love dystopian with a twist of romance. Fans of Kiera Cass will love this book, as do myself. I look forward to book 3 to see the conclusion of the series as well as finding out who will win America's heart.
Date published: 2013-10-28

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The Elite

by Kiera Cass

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.38 × 6 × 1.1 in

Published: April 15, 2013

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062059963

ISBN - 13: 9780062059963

About the Book

Sixteen-year-old America Singer is one of only six girls still competing in the SelectionNbut before she can fight to win Prince Maxon and the Illean crown, she must decide where her own heart truly lies.

From the Publisher

The selection began with 35 girls. Now, with the group narrowed down to the Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon''s love is fiercer than ever. The closer America gets to the crown, the more she struggles to figure out where her heart truly lies. Each moment she spends with Maxon is like a fairy tale, filled with breathless, glittering romance. But whenever she sees her first love, Aspen, standing guard, she''s swept up in longing for the life they''d planned to share.

America is desperate for more time. But while she''s torn between her two futures, the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want-and America''s chance to choose is about to slip away.

About the Author

Kiera Cass was born in South Carolina in 1983. She received a bachelor's degree in history from Radford University. In 2009, she self-published her first novel The Siren. Her other books include The Selection, The Elite, and The Prince.

Editorial Reviews

"Deliciously entertaining." (Publishers Weekly)
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