16248068The Elite (The Selection #2) by Kiera Cass
Release Date: April 23, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Audio from library
Rating: starstarstarblank_starblank_star (2.5)
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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 – Goodreads


I feel like this could have been a solid middle book. It really had the chance to be. But America spent most of The Elite being overly wishywashy about what part of the love triangle she wants to be part of. Do we want Prince Maxon? Do we want Aspen? Do we want to be a Princess? Do we want to be with a guard? She knows from the very beginning of the book that she has to make a choice and she still doesn’t make one for the whole book.

I get it. It’s not easy to make a life choice. I respect that. But she early on decides that she’s going to choose Maxon. That’s it. Maxon has her heart. Oh wait. Not so fast, then she decides that it’s actually Aspen that she wants. It’s totally Aspen she wants. America is very insecure in the fact that Prince Maxon may love her. Because she doesn’t believe it anytime she sees him with another girl she questions why he would love her and not one of the more popular girls.

It quickly got old. What The Selection showed us was that America is a good person. From protecting her friends, to seeing her maids as people, it is made clear that America is different from the “rest” of the girls. She’s a different type of girl, which Maxon adores. What American seems to want is a completely different world and she doesn’t see how Maxon could be part of that world.

I guess my problem with The Elite is the fact that while full of action, I never once believed the love story between America and Maxon or America and Aspen. Since this series is so heavily based in the romance genre I just expected…more. The action was fairly active and the rebels were constantly threatening to tear down the walls of the palace, but I still wanted..something.

Will I be finishing this series? Of course I will be. I need to know how it ends!