The Elite by Kiera Cass
(The Selection #2)
The thirty-five girls competing in the Selection have been cut down to six, but only one can win and marry Prince Maxon and be crowned Princess. The story, the conflict, the romance, was basically the same as The Selection, which I liked fine if you thought of it more as a simple, fairytale-ish story instead of deep, dark, grittiness found in most YA.
Here, the romance takes centre stage. But America is all over the place with her feelings, and she’s so indecisive with these two boys (Maxon and Aspen). When she’s with one she thinks she’s chosen – she’ll stay with him forever. Then she has a conversation with the other and she wants to pick him instead. However, I never disliked America even though she did not think of the consequences of her actions.
Events actually happened in The Elite so it didn’t fall down in the second-book syndrome. But, the only tension or conflict came from the rebels who randomly broke in now and then, and felt exactly the same every time it happened. There was also a section I thought could have added some tension, especially following some events, but it wasn’t even mentioned.
Like the first one, I really liked the girl’s interactions. They were competing, but they were nice to each other, not wanting to sabotage the other.
Overall, I have mixed feelings about this book. It wasn’t amazing, but it wasn’t dreadful either. I’ll definitely read the final book when it comes out though.
Thanks to Netgalley!