Title: The Elite
Series: The Selection, #2
Author: Kiera Cass
Genre: YA dystopian
Source: Purchased (Hardcover)
The Selection began with thirty-five girls. Now, with the group narrowed down to the Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is fiercer than ever–and America is still struggling to decide where her own heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen, who she always thought was the one?
America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want–and America’s chance to choose is about to slip away.
I have to admit — I never was going to read this book.
I had full intentions to just leave this series at book one, even though it ended without the resolution I was looking for. But then … the cover came out and I fell in love. Kiera Cass’s books seriously get the most GORGEOUS covers. I waited for months and then finally gave in. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t that I didn’t enjoy the series — I really, really did! I remember watching The Bachelor with my mom and it was always so much fun. This book, just like the first one, still has that hint of The Bachelor. It also reminds me of something like The Hunger Games (because of the competition) by Suzanne Collins, as well as Wither (because of the dynamics between the girls) by Lauren DeStefano.
Almost instantly, I was back in the world of the competition and I loooooved it. I still really loved America, though she kind of irked me here and there since of COURSE there’s a love triangle and she was always back and forth, back and forth. Heck, by the end of the story I was still back and forth, though I still have my preference of how I want things to go. The funny thing is that I read my review for The Selection, the first book in the series, and I mentioned something about how the series better go the way I want it to go — since it was so long ago, I now have no idea what that way was! Maybe I had been on one side of the fence then? Or maybe the same side as now? Who knows. At any rate, I cannot wait to get my copy of The One so I can finally see how this all ends!
I know I just posted a discussion on Quality vs. Quantity and this one might seem more like a “quantity” book, but it really is fun. I thought I was completely over dystopians, but this one is a lot different from the other ones. Where other dystopians focus on a world in tatters and rebels and whatnot, this one focuses a little less on that. I think the next book might bring in more of the world outside of the competition — or at least, I kind of hope it does. I’m so nervous for it all, but I will say that no matter how the series ends, I know that the cover will make up for anything that doesn’t go the way I want it to.
Such a fun series and one that I’m very happy to have picked up! I’m a little mad that the bookstores in the city didn’t have the third one in hardcover, since I wanted to read it this weekend, but I guess I’ll keep living the high of this book and then I’ll really look forward to more of America, Maxon, and Aspen — not to mention the rest of the girls in the competition, the maids, the rebels … it’s going to be so good!