The Elite

Finished The Elite by Kiera Cass.

Summary (from Goodreads):

The hotly-anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller The Selection.

Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.”

This is such a fun series and while it was initially a guilty pleasure, it’s become much more than that.

I love America and Maxon (separately and together) but there were so many times during the course of this book that I wanted to shake one or both of them and yell, “JUST TALK TO EACH OTHER!”  (Because seriously, it shouldn’t be THIS HARD.)

(That’s what she said.)

This is such an interesting concept, too.  It’s easy to get lost in the sort of reality TV-concept of it but there’s a lot going on beneath the surface.  This is a very political series, and most of it isn’t even subtext.  (It’s pretty much “Come for the romance; stay for the sociopolitical talk!)  This book focused a lot more on the rebels and the country’s history, too.  It was fascinating (and chilling) to see how things became the way they currently are.  I’m guessing that will play a major role in the third book, as well.

I can’t wait to see where The One (third and final book) goes! :)

The third and final book is out next year and I can’t wait to see what happens.

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