Title: The Elite
Author: Kiera Cass
Published: April 23, 2013
Publisher: Harper Teen
Source: Bought from National Book Store
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.
*Image and synopsis from Goodreads
The Elite is one of my most anticipated reads this year and I’m glad it didn’t disappoint.
Six girls are left in The Selection and the competition has gotten more intense. This sequel has a lot of drama and tension going on in Illea as well as with the characters.
America’s fickle-mindedness is scattered all throughout the book. One minute she’s all about Maxon, and the next minute she’s so into Aspen. Annoying, right? If she were real, I’d totally slap her in the face. However, I found America’s fickle-mindedness an interesting trait. Why? Because it shows that she uses both her mind and heart in making decisions. If I were in her shoes, I’d probably be indecisive too. Come on, it’s very difficult to choose between two amazing guys—your first love and a dashing prince. The first one broke your heart and wants to win you back. On the other hand, the latter is someone who would choose to get hurt than see the girl he loves get hurt. This you will see toward the end of the story. I really can’t blame America for being so confused about her feelings for both of them.
The Elite gives readers the best of Maxon and Aspen. Readers will get to know more about their intentions, their attitudes and other qualities that make them fascinating characters.
America’s actions were at times insensitive and it’s okay for me. She’s seventeen years old and adolescence is a stage where our imperfections shine. We all make different kinds of mistakes—stupid, thoughtless, self-centered, to name a few. They’re part of growing up. I really like that Kiera Cass wrote the book in an incredibly frustrating and puzzling atmosphere that is America’s mind. It definitely reflects how teens are nowadays when faced with difficult situations.
I think The Elite is a great starting point towards America’s maturity. I believe that her mistakes made her a stronger character at the end of the book. The hope that occasionally surfaced amid all the chaos is what motivated her to fight for what she believes in, to fight to make a difference. And through her, Illea could be a better and strong-willed nation.
As for the guys, well, I am Team Maxon. Though Aspen’s big heart clearly tells America that he loves her, I’m rooting for the prince. I loved Maxon more in this book! Even if he hasn’t told America that he loves her, his actions did. Actions speak louder than words, right? 🙂 Another reason that I’m Team Maxon is that he and America totally complement each other. America brought out the light, funny side of Maxon and in return, brought out the leader in America. Both of them will make, not only a strong couple, but also influential leaders of a country. I just hope that in The One, America will start to believe in herself and realize her potential as a princess. She must not allow her fear of the crown overpower her abilities. Maxon believes in her and with his full support, I think America will do a good job as a princess.
Secrets about the history of Illea will also be revealed in this book. God, those revelations stunned me! I didn’t expect them to be that cruel! I hope this will be discussed further in The One.
The Elite is an incredible and riveting sequel. I’m so excited to find out how the series will end!