The Elite by Kiera CassThe Elite by Kiera Cass

The Elite

byKiera Cass

Paperback | May 6, 2014

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The second book in Kiera Cass’s #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series

With even more glamour, intrigue, and swoon-worthy romance, this sparkling sequel to The Selection will captivate readers who loved Veronica Roth’s Divergent, Lauren Oliver’s Delirium, or Renée Ahdieh’s The Wrath & the Dawn.

Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection, and to win Prince Maxon’s heart. Now six girls remain, and the competition is fiercer than ever—but America Singer is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it Prince Maxon—and life as the queen—that she wants? Or is it still Aspen, her first love?

 

Kiera Cass is a graduate of Radford University and currently lives in Christiansburg, Virginia, with her family. She is the #1New York Timesbestselling author of the Selection series as well asThe Siren.
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Title:The EliteFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.79 inPublished:May 6, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062059971

ISBN - 13:9780062059970

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Amazing! The second is just as good as the first! I love Aspen and Max! You also learn more about the other girls, especially Marley!
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Amazing! The second is just as good as the first! I love Aspen and Max! You also learn more about the other girls, especially Marley!
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So Amazing! The second is just as good as the first! I love Aspen and Max! You also learn more about the other girls, especially Marley!
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Fun! An amazing sequel that had me hooked as much as the first one. Warning: you will be dying for the next book! :))
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lovely I love this dramatic and developed series. Its a pretty easy read but very enjoyable.
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dramatic I love this dramatic and developed series. Its a pretty easy read but very enjoyable.
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read This series is incredibly entertaining and perfect for rereading the drama and romance over and over again!
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great This series is incredibly entertaining and perfect for rereading the drama and romance over and over again!
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brilliant Awesome series that's super heart warming with the perfect amount of romance and diverse characters! Great plot concept too
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Elite Like the Bachelor but better! (Not really a fan of the Bachelor but couldn't put these books down!!!)
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fun read A great sequel to The Selection and a fun read. A bit cliche in the whole 1 girl, 2 guys to choose from thing, but till and addictive read. Another beautiful cover as well.
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome! I got this series as a gift to my teen sister and she and her friends were obsessed! They especially loved the writing style, characters, and drama! Turns out to be a great book that's a perfect mix of the Bachelor in a dystopian world!
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of the best sequels i have ever read this book was so gripping and romantic yet adventurous at the same time it was wonderful
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from sequels are always the worst i mean it was good but nothing can compare to the first tbh
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Such an easy read. Great second book to the series. Definitely getting suspenseful.
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from quit while you're ahead while the first book gave me high hopes for a strong series with political plot and a healthy teen romance.... this is where the series starts going down hill. Cass fails to develop characters and instead makes America do progressively dumber things. The rebel groups are wasted and the romance becomes trite and angsty for no good reason. Don't bother finishing the series.
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super addicting! Honestly these are the best books to binge read!
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartwarming The cover is beautiful and this book made me smile.
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent This series is a must read for any young teenage girl! Friendships, romance, and age-appropriate scandal, these books have it all! The tone of voice is easy to read and the characters are loveable and evoke every emotion they need to
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic This series is a must read for any young teenage girl! Friendships, romance, and age-appropriate scandal, these books have it all! The tone of voice is easy to read and the characters are loveable and evoke every emotion they need to
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved! Loved this book as well, it was a great followup to the sequel. The truth is there are some issues with the plot and the history that supposedly happened is interesting to say the least - but as long as you don't take it too seriously, it's a fun and perfect guilty-pleasure kind of read.
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the series Finished this one almost as fast as the first book, and it was just as amazing.
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Better than most sequels and very enjoyable
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Elite ! This series !!! Everything that happened got me super upset, and then super excited. I love Maxon and I just feel terrible, although he did a lot of things in this novel that upset me greatly. This book definitely got me thinking about Aspen a lot more, and alright kinda made me like him a lot.. I totally understand where he is coming from and how hurt he is by everything happening. And how familiar it is when you're with someone you care about and have cared about for so long. My absolute favourite part of this novel is America's relationship with the maid's. They are fantastic characters, and I super hope there are more of the three of them in the next book!
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as good as the first The first was definitely better, but this still captured my interest. America is still quite annoying though
Date published: 2017-07-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was pre good Not as good as the first one, but still pretty good
Date published: 2017-07-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not my cup of tea but... This series is like junk food. Addicting but bad for you. The author knows how to keep an audience wanting more, although I'm not really a fan.
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Great addition to the first book, must read series!!
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great series This is such a fun series. I think the original 3 books were where it was supposed to stop, so you could stop after the 3rd if you wanted and have closure and be happy- but its just fun to keep going. This is book two of the Selection series. Its fun, simple, a page turner, and easy to read.
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING Book!!! I read this book a few months ago, and I'm so happy I did! I've read it at least 2 or 3 times again after that because it was such a good book! This is the second book in the Selection Series, and usually, the second (or middle) book isn't the most exciting, but this book has changed my perspective on that. This is one of the books where you HAVE to read the second book because if you don't, then prepare for some confusion later on. In this book, America is still in a position where she has to decide whether she loves Prince Maxon or Aspen more than the other. With only 6 girls left in the Selection, she has to make the decision quickly. Throughout this thrilling and romantic novel, America stays a consistent warrior, even after some major plot twists that shatter her heart! Read to find out more about America's thrilling journey in the Selection!
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love is beautiful fear. This book started off much better than the first! Some rough patches in the middle (trying not to give spoilers, but there's some sad stuff!), but overall still a great book.
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from stop calling it a dystopian novel It is a romance novel. Definitely not dystopian. This is like the bachelor show but in a written format.
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disapointing Follow Up I'm going to keep this review short. At it's best, The Elite was boring, dry and slow to catch steam. The characters behaved disgustingly; Maxon being the biggest disappointment, so far, in this series. America was no better, but Maxon takes the cake as he justified his 'cheating' as having needs that needed to be met and that as long as the person he cheated with was using him, he didn't feel bad about using them. On top of that, he held the woman he loved prisoner in his home, discounted her feelings, and all too often, played with her heart. Aspen was really no better in any situations, offering no moral support and expecting America to come crawling back to him when things didn't go according to a plan she was backed into. America, if anything, was the only likable character out of the three leads. While I was expecting her Philanthropy project to be something she thought of seriously, I was actually pleasantly surprised it was used as a way to get herself ejected from the completion when Maxon wouldn't let her leave on her own accord. It was the first and only time she took matters into her own hands to get what she wanted. The plot, just like in The Selection, chugged along at a rather slow pace. Often, things were told, rather than shown. Days would pass with 'We wore our best dresses, went to the women's room, studied, went to dinner and then went to bed.' There was absolutely no drama and when the rebels attacked, our hero and heroine hunkered down in a safe spot and waited it out. The only plot progressing thing that came out of that entire spot was Maxon finally explaining himself, not fully apologizing for his actions, solidifying himself as one of the biggest asshole's in YA Lit. Seriously, I can't warp my head around his characterization, it's a huge step down from The Selection. The Elite suffers from 'Middle Book Syndrome' to the extreme, relies on tropes and a broken love triangle that's so forced that there's not much more I can touch on.
Date published: 2017-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great Great Series. One of the best historical fiction books i've read.
Date published: 2017-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart Wrenching I love this book so much and even though America can be a pain, it is justified. Sets up so much for book 3 and I cry every time I read this book.
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh. Although this book had some fun and exciting moments, it overall wasn't as good as The Selection. I found that the love triangle was getting pretty old.
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ADDICTIVE I finished this within a day. I picked it up almost right after I finished The Selection. I couldn't stand not continue reading it after reading the first book.
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book, but main character annoying... pretty good follow up to the selection, and a good amount of action. However America (the main character) really bothers me. The whole "I can't choose who to love/date/marry etc." thing gets really annoying. Honestly I hang in here for Marley and Maxon. I definitely recommend the book, but you have to hang in there.
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from As good as the first book Really good follow up to the first book! Seeing civil war from the perspective of the aristocrats was interesting
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from And so it continues I really enjoyed the first book of this series, and I am glad that the second one is just as good. I appreciate the character that Kiera Cass has built up in America. She is a strong woman who standa up for what is right even in the face of fear. Shee still has her flaws, but that makes her an even more relatable character. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good book! Kiera Cass is one of my favourite authors and she doesn't disappoint with this book.
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The more you read it, the better it gets! I must have read the whole series like 5 times and every time, I fall in love over again with the story and its characters.
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was alright It was good, I didn't have to force myself through the book. While still predictable and could have used work. I still enjoyed the characters. They are the reigning light in this series so far. Because in all honesty we know exactly who America is going to end up with.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Great book but the first one was better.
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from soooooo... This one pulled at my heartstring so badly... Just a warning
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So good . . . That I bought the next book. Very well written. Found it hard to put down at times.
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down Read this in a night, it was very addicting and every time I wanted to put it down another interesting thing occurred.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is elite Elite is a great way to describe the second book in this series! The characters are lovable yet mysterious, the romance has developed nicely and the plot twists are many.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it!!!!! 5 stars on Goodreads. I'm so glad this series continues to get better and progress with each book.
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it!!! So good! Amazing story, amazing characters...amazing everything, really!! Everyone needs to read this entire series, it is to die for!
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from disappointed this book was good but not nearly as good as the first one
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! Such a great book, can't wait for the next one!
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Expectations were not met This book was nowhere near as good as the first
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from adorable! loved it and kept me on the edge of my seat. i screamed out in frustration a few times, its just really easy to get into the story and very entertaining!
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I Adore it! Such an amazing and sweet book! I cant wait for the last one!
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Irritating Characters I didn't enjoy this book as much as book one, The Selection. While I read this book very quickly, I found myself being very annoyed by the characters, specifically America. I obviously knew there was going to be a love triangle throughout these books but I was not prepared for the whining and blatant stupidity on America's part. I understand that the situation she's in is extremely weird and you wouldn't know how to handle it, I just couldn't stand reading all the scenes where she was essentially seeing things that weren't there in regards to both the boys. She's constantly flip flopping between Maxon and Aspen and there was just so many tears and crying scenes in this one. I am still going to continue on with the series, I'm just hoping it gets better again.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very Good Series - Not The Best Book Not my favorite book in the series. This one, unlike the first, had more of a negative feeling around it. (I may just feel this way because I did NOT like Aspen at all.) America's feelings for Maxon are constantly questioned by her as the Prince tries things with other girls in the Selection (now the Elite), but that is just part of the contest! It is tradition that the Prince chooses a bride this way, but America feels jealous and becomes detached. This causes her to sneak away with her guard lover, Aspen, which was too risky and a very immature way to handle what Maxon was doing... America didn't feel like the strong, confident America from the first book, but as a watered down, scared version. Not my favorite book in the series, but it does have it's highlights.
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The Elite I was wondering if this book might redeem the first. It didn't.
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Finished it in a day! Wonderful book
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved! As much as America annoyed me throughout this book, I just had to give this a 5 star rating. I love the story, I love the characters and I love the world. I'm happy how it ended, but I'm so anxious to read the next one! Officially Team Maxon!
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from the worst so far All this story of America going from Aspen to Maxon and Maxon to Aspen was just exasperating!! However, It gets better after the 3/4 of the book. Something that I am dying to know more about is the whole rebel business which I took a great interest in lately (which means since I started reading the Elite). The character development was good.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good The beginning of the book lost me a bit but after about chapter three, I got right into it again. Great book.
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A Filler Book THE ELITE is basically a filler book between THE SELECTION and THE ONE. You could likely skip this one and still know what's going on in the last book in the trilogy.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good #plumreview America got really annoying but still addicting #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It's okay. If you want a break from heavy reading then this book is for you.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wonderful book I was pleased to see that the sequel was just as good as the first book. I am excited to see which girl Maxon chooses.
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An okay read I really do like this series. I find it almost a mixture of The Bachelor and The Hunger Games and it's an interesting and exciting novel, and I haven't been able to predict what is to happen next. With that being said, I'm past America going between Maxon and Aspen. It feels too similar to the whole Peeta/Gale dilemma and I'm over it. But....I do understand the hesitations that America has between them both. In the first novel, I felt that Aspen was at a disadvantage but after reading this novel, Maxon has also made some poor decisions which could impact America's choice. As a character, I can't say that America is my favourite due to her indecision but she does have her strengths. It's an interesting concept for a series and I'm intrigued to see how the story progresses and concludes.
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another one for Kiera Cass Another amazing book that I had the pleasure of reading. I loved this book so much. Even better than the first one. I love this series so much. I am non stop reading this book!
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A must read Love the first book and the second one doesn't disappoint.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from More please! I absolutely loved this book. The whole series is amazing, and I couldn't put it down. If you like a light, easy read, you will absolutely fly through these books.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good I really liked this book! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great read sequel to the selection and perfect for that little bit of romance! #plumpoints
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful book #plumpoints this book was unexpected
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from alright Kind of boring and not as good as the first book but still an okay read
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good! Not as great as the original but still a good read!
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good girlie book Good series in general, although quite predictable as per the titles, it still is entertaining from start to finish
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good this book was not the best in the series, but still a must read
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great series Great, just like the other books in the series!
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved it! Amazingly written - so much feels. A great 2nd book of the series!
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from PERFECT Great way to add onto the first book in the series!
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!! This book really expands on to the storyline, you get a better look into the lives of the characters. This is an amazing series, and it's a story that I think everyone would want to be a part of if they could.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from really good you learn more about the characters in this one, was a very good read
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read This is the second book of The Selection Series. Only 6 girls remain and America is torn between her first love, Aspen and her chance of a lifetime fairy-tale with Maxon. A well written book.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A continuation of a beloved story If you enjoyed "the selection" you're going to love the elite even more. There's more drama, twists and turns, romance and action then the first book. America and Maxon draw you into their fairy tale romance and you just can't look away. I would read it over and over again.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Every book keeps getting better! I was in love with the first book and this one was even better. By far my favorite series.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My comfort Series It is definitely the series I read when I want to relax and escape from my busy days. The first book hooks you, the second one makes you wish the series never ended.
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Now … I’m looking for Book 3. You need to read this series! Book 2 in this series was not as I expected. I’ll try to write this review without any spoilers. By the end of Book 1, I really was hooked on the series. Although it took me a while to like her, I really had fallen in love with America as a strong female protagonist by the end of the first book. I also had decided that she needed to be with Prince Maxon (I’m a romantic at heart). Aspen was in her past she didn’t need him around anymore. But Aspen reappears in her life and in Book 2 we see that Prince Maxon isn’t as sweet as he appeared to be in Book 1. When one of her best friends is sent home and punished for falling in love with someone else, America begins to see the competition for what it is: a way to control the caste system. Book 2 was far higher stakes than the first book. I was on the edge of my seat for most of the book, wondering what was going to happen to America, hoping she wouldn’t be sent home. The book ends on a cliffhanger. Now … I’m looking for Book 3. You need to read this series!
Date published: 2016-06-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great for fans of "The Bachelor" I do find myself getting frustrated with America a lot in this book. Sometimes her assumptions and stubbornness feel too much like necessary plot points to drag out the story or justify an action another character makes. Could also be because I am an adult reading a teen fiction novel and my life and relationship experience has jaded me. The political motivations of everyone involved becomes much clearer in this book and that makes for a much more interesting story. If the book was only about the 'selection' then it would be pretty thin and difficult to keep my interest. Communication in a relationship is so important and this book could serve as an example and a warning as to what happens when you "assume" things rather than talking them out with your significant other. However, let us not discount how much of 'girl being attracted to wrong guy for wrong reasons' stretches out this plot. It is a pretty typical story for most women. We often don't see the good person right in front of us but can't help but chase the bad one instead.
Date published: 2016-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from i loved it this book is beautifully written but i felt that this book was getting repetitive throughout the whole story
Date published: 2015-12-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Shortest book ever This book is almost comically short, and even worse, there's next to nothing going on in it. Never has there been a clearer case of stretching content across muliple books into a series. Don't waste your money. There isn't even an ending, just a lead in to book 3.
Date published: 2015-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING This book was packed with action! I loved it so much. You have to read it. America has such an awsome personality!
Date published: 2015-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Elite I thought that the book was amazing, but America can get very annoying and dumb in book. Aside from that the book was great!
Date published: 2015-09-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay That's exactly what this book was. Nothing particularly exciting, but not terribly boring either. A good way to pass the time, but not a book I'll be reading again
Date published: 2015-09-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Review from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life Was America this annoying and useless in the first one? She was just awful! Cass can try and push that America is only in the Selection to help her family and make a difference(she's the "heroine" of this book you know) . But anyone who actually finished this book will tell you that's pure BS. She is a silly little girl. She's overly jealous, rash, stupid, indecisive and petty. And that's just a few adjectives at the top of my list. Reading all her incoherent thoughts was worse then getting blood taken. Since I could not reach into the book and shake her in the hopes that something tangible would fall out her mouth, I was left to banging my head on the wall wondering why I was still reading this. Why? In this sequel America has amazingly made it to the top 6. So that gives the reader the pleasure of reading forced and fake dialogue between the girls remaining. Unrealistic tasks being given to those top 6 girls from the Queen. Example; Two very important evenings need to be planned for some dignitaries arriving from Italy and Germany. Illea has a decent relationship with Italy but has not had any contact with Germany in years and desperately wants to form a strong relationship with them. So what does the Queen decide is a smart move you ask? Why charging these girls with the task of two separate and different evenings, that can not in any way offend these arriving people. Are you effing kidding me?! Never. NEVER would that be allowed. But don't worry, our incompetent "heroine" miraculously pulls off a spectacular evening for the Germans. Wining over everyone's hearts. *barfs* Of course there's lots more believable events throughout the book. Let's have a look at this epic love triangle that just makes you want to shake Cass's hand for creating the worst love triangle in YA history(and I've read the Twilight saga peeps). Not only do we get to read about America changing her mind every other freakin' page ("I do want to stay here with Prince doubebag. But I could never be a princess." "I miss Aspen so much. But he broke my heart."). So remember how Aspen broke her heart and that's why she entered the Selection(I'm pretty sure that's how it went down)? Well Aspen is set on wining her heart back. He just loves her so much and will fight for her(I don't know who he's fighting against, since Prince douchebag doesn't even know he's alive!). And than you have her other gold star choice in the cowardly lion. He literally has no redeeming qualities about him. He loves her(although he never actually said those three little words) and wants her just to say how much she wants him and wants to be there. Oh and America does, plenty of times. But because of her indecisive little mind she'll take it right back on the next page. Anyhow, the conversations between them take me back to my conversations with my 6th grade boyfriend. Needless to say they were pointless and never went anywhere. Oh, and if you expect a big, hulking prince like our cowardly lion here to fight for you and be the first one to pull his sword when the rebels attack. Ha! He's the guy that just pushed you over to get into the nearest hidden room. The only character I can stand is Celeste. She may be a manipulative biznatch. But at least she's being true to herself. She came into this game knowing what she wants and she doesn't care if she stabs everyone in the back to get it. She's awful, but she's the only true character in the book. The Elite is also marketed as a dystopian but who are these random rebels that show up and attack the castle? Besides the cast system, what is this dystopian world like? Why are these rebels attacking? What are they fighting for? There is absolutely no sense to this world. No world building. And absolutely no answers as to what the fuck is going on outside of the selection. This book is just riddled with uselessness. Maybe we'll get a major info dump in the last book. But somehow I highly doubt it because that would have meant that Cass had to do some research and storytelling outside of watching The Bachelor and putting it in her own words in what some would call a "story". Ugh! Just reading the inside cover and seeing the tagline for the last book is; "America must decide if she's truly "The One."" Haha good one! Like America would ever make a decision for herself(or if she does she'll change her mind on the next page).
Date published: 2015-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved just as much as the first I Can't wait to read the next one. I will be starting it immediately. So far the first two I have not been able to put down.
Date published: 2015-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enchanted Book Nook Review My Review: Yep, it’s official, I am in love with this series! How can you not be? It’s got action, adventure, friendships & rivals, and of course love. This is the second book in the Selection series, picking back up where the first had left off. America is now part of the 6 Elite that remain trying to win Prince Maxon’s heart and to become princess. Maxon has given America a good amount of time to decide what she wants. To go home, and be with her first true love, or stay with him, and accept the crown she does not want. After an incident with one of the Elite, America thinks she is seeing who Maxon is really is, and she is not happy. After this incident, America becomes very withdrawn from Maxon. Not knowing where her heart lies, or what she’s even thinking (since America had all but shut Maxon out), he begins searching in the 6 for a girl whose heart is made up. This of course upsets America, and through many different trails in the book, she finally makes her decision; either give up on Maxon or fight for him. I get so annoyed at America with the whole Aspen-Maxon thing. I understand that she and Aspen have been through a lot, and originally Maxon was letting America stay to get over him. But come on. America needed to open her eyes at what’s in front of her. I hate the way she’s always back and forth between the two, and stop making such rash decisions when one does something she doesn’t like. Okay, rant over. I have enjoyed the character building over over these two books. Like how the King has a much darker side than the public and even his wife knows about. The fact that Maxon is using some of the other girls because he knows they are using him. The way America is finally coming into her own, and the still mystery of what the rebels want. It’s really a fantastic series, one I cannot speak high enough of, and one every romance reader needs to get their hands on. Positive Elements: America is a strong young woman. She demonstrates more than once in this book. As scared as she is to accept the crown, she would make a great princess. Her drive to want to do what’s right makes her a character you can root for. Negative Elements: There are some swear words in the book, nothing you wouldn’t hear on a cable T.V. show. The Elite girls like to drink, and one of them has a pretty good hang over the next morning. America talks about how the girls back in her providence of Carolina basically prostitute themselves out for anything they can get, since thy are lower castes and do not have much. America states she hates Celeste (but hey, who can blame her). Spiritual Elements: While Maxon and America were research Halloween, the books bring up Christianity. Other Thoughts: I love this series, like really love it! I’m starting The One tonight, and have the The Heir ordered.
Date published: 2015-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Indecisive but exciting This is the second time I've read this series in preparation for the newest addition, The Heir, and now I am able to notice details I didn't see the first time. First off it is a little annoying how indecisive America is but Maxon doesn't exactly go easy one her. In the first book he is sweet and understanding and just about every reader is rooting for him but in this book he is under a lot of pressure and he doesn't have patience for America's games. However it's not all bad as the plot starts to thicken with more violence and rebel action and you get a better view of America's character and her ability to see everything that is wrong with her country. Overall a really good book and leaves you excited for the next.
Date published: 2015-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Even Better Than The First I don't know how this author does it, but she has one heck of a way to grab me and pull me in! Countless times I found myself saying " just one more chapter" or found myself yelling " No America don't do that" .. From the first chapter to the last chapter I was hooked!! Can't get enough of this series and so badly don't want it to end!!! If you have not read it yet .. Go now!!!
Date published: 2015-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book! Usually the second book on a series is the most boring, but Kiera Cass has made the second book of this series just as exciting as the first.
Date published: 2015-05-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Elite Awesome a mixture of hunger gqmes and the bachelor.
Date published: 2014-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful read! I have been flying through this series. I just know what happens. It has certainly grabbed my attention. I love to get into a book this much. You really get invested in these imaginary people.
Date published: 2014-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Elite What a wonderful experience.
Date published: 2014-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Second book It was OK but second books in a trilogy always tend to drag on. So ya
Date published: 2014-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Elite I love her books, keeps you hooked and constantly turning the pages until theres none left!
Date published: 2014-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Elite This book is unbelieveable!! It makes me so happy!! Who will she choose in the end? It is well written, and never has a dull moment.
Date published: 2014-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The elite Good twist and turns.....
Date published: 2014-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than the First I enjoyed this book more than the first, as there was more plot and originality. I'm really looking forward to the third book!
Date published: 2014-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Elite 4 attacks and I could say the last one was the best
Date published: 2014-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The elite Ok I'm officially hooked hurry up and bring on the rest of the books!!
Date published: 2014-04-28
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: 2014-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The elite is amazing I loved the first one was perfect and then this its just too amazing I want her to see her true love but don't know if I would do the same
Date published: 2014-03-24
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: 2013-11-03
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: 2013-10-22
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: 2013-06-23
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: 2013-06-07
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: 2013-05-28
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: 2013-05-22
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: 2013-05-17
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: 2013-05-06
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: 2013-05-01

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