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The Elite (The Selection, Book 2)

The Elite (The Selection, Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Kiera Cass
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Praise for The Selection:
“Reality TV meets dystopian fairy tale in Kiera Cass’s delightful debut. Charming, captivating, and filled with just the right amount of swoon!” Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of Paranormalcy

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The Selection gets fierce as rivals stake their claim on the Prince.
Six girls, one life-changing prize…

America Singer will leave her pre-destined life for a world of glamour and luxury, if she wins…

But surviving The Selection is tough. Rivals are battling to become Prince Maxon’s bride as the threat of rebel violence just beyond the palace walls escalates into war.

Only six girls are left and sworn friendships are tested to breaking point. America’s feelings for Maxon grow stronger, but she suspects darker mysteries in his royal past. With ex-lover Aspen waiting for her in the shadows, where do her loyalties truly lie?

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Team Maxon... 27 April 2013
By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I absolutely LOVED The Selection and have been ridiculously excited to read The Elite, so much so that I've even re-read The Selection recently in anticipation of The Elite and if you know me, you know that re-reads are RARE. I squealed when I finally got the book and took it to bed with me that evening to read. I would have read it in one sitting if I didn't have to get up at 5 30am for work (sometimes life just gets in the way). As it is, I read it in less than 24 hours and I enjoyed every last bit of it.

At the end of The Selection, the candidates were whittled down to just six girls, who became the elite (hence the title of this book). It's no surprise to learn that America is one of those girls as Maxon had already promised her that she would be. He knows that she comes from a poor background and being there helps her family BUT that's not the only reason she's still there. I believe Maxon has already made his choice in America but he's waiting to see if she will choose him too. Let's not forget that her ex boyfriend is a guard at the palace and he wants her back. Torn between those two, I don't envy her having to make a decision! But it's not just about the romance, the rebel attacks are increasing in force and frequency with no explanation as to why until America stumbles across the biggest clue yet.

In a lot of ways, reading The Elite was like being on a rollercoaster ride through America's emotions. I knew when things were going brilliantly at the beginning of the book that it all had to go t*ts up pretty soon *le sigh*. The change in America is subtle yet starkly obvious at the same time. I've never seen her so unsure about EVERYTHING - how she feels, what she's doing there, how other's feel about her.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Elite by Kiera Cass 30 Jun 2013
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Also published to Miss Inga Page.

The second novel in The Selection trilogy, The Elite, takes place directly after the conclusion of The Selection. After the terrible events that occurred at the end of the first novel, Prince Maxon makes a decision regarding those girls he wants to remain in the competition, in order to avoid putting more girls in danger than is strictly necessary. Still a front-runner, America Singer, our protagonist, remains in the palace, and is faced with some of the struggles that the new Queen may have to endure, including making decisions (or not, as the case may be) which directly affect the general population, as well as those she cares about.

The Elite was fast-paced, and I really enjoyed seeing the relationship between America and Maxon develop. I thought it was really interesting to see how Maxon dealt with the political decisions which were forced onto him, and which he had to act upon, even when they went against his own moral compass. I genuinely felt sorry for the poor guy as we come to understand the extent to which he is trapped in his situation. I did find the politics of the novel a little confusing and contrived, and am still not entirely sure which set of rebels are the dangerous ones, and which ones do what and everything else that Cass tried to elaborate on in this novel, but there you go. I think the whole "political" side plot could have been totally ignored, but I suppose Cass needed to try and differentiate the novel from other "dystopian" YA fiction in some way...

As much as I enjoyed reading it, I will admit that this novel felt a bit like "filler"... Very little happened to actually progress the plot.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute, Pleasant and Fast Read! 1 Aug 2013
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First things first, this was a lovely light read and I got through it so fast, even in between work and other commitments!

I have a very large TBR pile that needed some attention and I decided picking this book up would be a good idea because I remembered how I sped through reading The Selection #1.

From the very beginning I have always been routing from one corner of the love triangle in this book so ultimately my opinion might be biased, but how infuriating was America throughout this book! I mean, seriously we get it that you once loved Aspen but time's moved on things have changed! Jeesh! Nevertheless I still loved the book if only for the fact that I was quite proud of Maxon for standing up for himself and not being treated like a toy! *fist pumps the air!*

With the second books in series I always find there is more action because the author doesn't have to waste time introducing us to the characters and setting the scene. This was also the case for this book and was partly the reason I couldn't put the book down until I had finished! The other reason was because the plot was always interesting and I never found a point in this book where I was bored or fed up with reading. I did mention above that America annoyed me throughout but that's just her character and not the writing or the whole story!

Overall, I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who has read The Selection #1 and honestly in my opinion, this book was way better than the first! :D
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