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.
©2013 Kiera Cass (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.
Just wow! Again, I can't believe how much I enjoyed this book. Like the Selection there were so many bad reviews that I almost didn't get this book. So glad I didn't listen to the haters. This book was amazing. There were so many twists and turns and I enjoyed learning more about the world that Kiera Cass has created.
I can sympathize with those who hated the love triangle. It's frustrating, but isn't that what a love triangle is suppose to do? Otherwise who cares about it?? This is suppose to be about a young girl who is confused and has a huge decision to make under a stressful situation. I really felt sympathy for her character. And I can totally understand how confused she must be over Maxon and Aspen.
I don't get the negative reviews, but everyone is entitled to their opinion. If you enjoyed the Selection then I'm sure you will enjoy this one too. Just don't expect everything to be wrapped up and given to you with a bow on top. This is a trilogy and there is still more to come. This 2nd installment definitely left me wanting more and anticipating the final installment.
I enjoyed the narrator and the cover art is simply breathtaking.
Can't wait for the next book.
Normally I can easily predict the twists and turns of a book, especially a young adult novel, but with the Elite I was put n a roller coaster of twists and turns that I never saw coming. The evolution of characters was so amazing! I know you may think a series that is basically an elongated love triangle could not possibly have any large twists beyond the main character picking one person over the other. But Kiera Cass certainly did so and more. Not only that but the maturity in the storyline gave the plot so much more of an edge. I can not wait for the next installment of the Selection series and I look forward to other series from Kiera Cass.
Yes - I have recomended the Selection to many of my friends - and you HAVE to read the next part!!
That I was suprised at a few things that happened - didnt see it comming and I love that!
I liked the narration and thought she did a great job with different voices - I knew who was who just by her voice
Yes and I did!
I was desperately waiting for this book to come out after reading - The Selection. I absolutely loved the first book - and I really liked the second. But I have to agree with other reviews - the love triangle did get a little too much attention and huge circumstances got a back seat. The back and forth with her decision was a huge rollercoaster and in the end came full circle to the same place we started. I am rooting for Maxton and hope that the third book can delve a little more into the surrounding circumstances that just America deciding one then the other.
Just a book fool.
I cant. I CAN’T! If I never read another book with a love triangle it will be too soon. I loved the first book in this series. It was a fun lighthearted distopian which is not easy to do, and I really enjoyed it. This book... this book frustrated me more then any book has in a long, long time. Pretty much no story line but the ridiculous love triangle that goes nowhere by the way if anything it only gets more complicated.
America made every single bad decisoin she could think of and we endend this book exactly where we started.
Sure there are still some fun aspects of this book that made the first one so great, and yes, I will be reading/listening to the last one, but The Elite fell so short of my expectations I can hardly believe it.
If you can’t help but find out what happens next then listen to this one at your own risk. Maybe after this warning you will be able to enjoy it more. Good luck.
I have already recommended it! The book is amazing and so is the reader.
I did listen in just one sitting....or drive. LOL
Oh my gosh!!! This series is AWESOME! There is so much to say about why I loved, loved, loved this book! I loved The Selection and I just love The Elite even more!
The Elite picks up pretty much right where The Selection left off, and there is so much more that happens throughout this book! Oh…my! Something really terrible happens to one of my favorite characters in this book and I was absolutely horrified! That’s when we also learn how horrible the nation’s leaders really are. There are also some eye-opening things that happen that had me questioning the true motives of the rebels, and a bunch of other events that have left me curious about what is really going on all around! OH MY!!!! I’m dying to know more!
As for the romance! I was a little sad that Prince Maxon is absent from a lot of the book; especially, because Aspen is back in the picture and we see him throughout the book. I don’t hate Aspen, but I just really don’t want America to be with him. Then something horrible happens that had me questioning my feelings about Prince Maxon, but my feelings are really clear now! And this other thing that happens with Prince Maxon… I WAS a little horrified with the initial shock of it, but I should have expected it and I’m not really mad at him. I’m thinking, “Can I really blame the guy?” “Nah, I’m good!” I’m still Team Maxon!
There‘s a lot of craziness that happens near the end of The Elite, and I was worried that it was going to end in a way that I wouldn’t be happy with, but it actually ends perfectly! It ends in a way that has me dying for the last book and it left me knowing that the next book will be fabulous!
Yes, I will listen to it again before the final book comes out in order to refresh my memory.
The heroine America Singer, I guess. Despite the lousy name, she IS the heroine, so we see her perspective on everything - her concern for her family, her confusion about events, her conflicting desires as she is torn between two suitors.
I liked Aspen - maybe it's more the way he was written, but he seemed calm, steady, and totally reliable. He sounded like that too, so thanks, Amy Rubinate!
I was moved (as in taken aback) when America caught Prince Maxon's in flagrante delicto with another contestant - it was so unexpected! Up until then his actions seemed pretty honest and straightforward - that cast him in a whole new light.
I have 3 kids that occupy all the TV's in the house...enough said...addicted to audiobook ....shhhh don't tell my husband ;-)
I need the next book! This series is deliciously deceiving. You must start at book 1 "The Selection" to encompass the complete story-line. The series portrays a not too distant future United States where it is run by a monarch of a royal family and the citizen are born into a caste system 1-royal all the way down to 8-homeless. The main character is America Singer who is born into the caste of 5 which is are artist, singers, preformer ect. A letter was sent out to all the younger ladies of the country between the ages 16-20 about the royal selection of a wife for the crown Prince Maxon. America didn't want to submit her application because she had a secret boyfriend of 2 years who was a caste below her of a 6. America's mother and her boyfriend both pushed her into entering the selection on a slim change that if she was selected it would elevate her caste to a 3 and her family would recieve money for America's participation. To everyones shock America was selected and was to join 33 other young girls to stay at the palace for Prince Maxon to select the future Queen, kinda a "The Bachelor" feel. The 2nd book starts with America down to the final 6 ladies which are known as the Elite. America is the lowest caste lady still standing in the running and the book turns more into America's new position of possible power to change the nation. This book was completely riveting and I was on edge of different emotions the whole time....the kicker is that it ends abruptly and you are completely dying to know what happens next. I am really looking forward to the next book!
YES beyond credit worthy...just remember to start at book 1 ;-)
I really enjoyed the first book, but this installment didn't progress the story a great deal. It's as if the publisher wanted to stretch two books into a trilogy. That said, it is well written and interesting. If you enjoyed the first one, don't expect much from this. Hopefully the next book will resolve some issues or develop the story more.
I bought the print version and the audiobook. I started off with listening to it and switched for the last half of the book to reading it. I have to say I read faster than the narrator reads it but I didn't see any drawbacks to either.
Her voice/tone seemed a little different in this book compared to The Selection. It didn't take me long to adjust to it though. I'm glad they kept the same reader because I'm not sure I would have wanted to listen to a new reader for this book.
Well, I finished the book in nearly one sitting. Like I said above though, I switched off to reading it on the second half.
This book brought me on an emotional roller coaster. It's a great follow up to The Selection and it leaves you pretty well wrapped up at the end so you're not sitting on the end of your seat until "The One" comes out. However, on page 305 (hardcover book edition - not sure what chapter it is at the top of my head) I was sure I was going to be angry with the way it was going and had to force myself to keep reading the last 20 or so pages. Kiera Cass does a great job at drawing you into her words and you become very involved with the relationships and characters she writes about it. I highly recommend this to most people I talk to (females, not so much the males) since it really is at the heart a romance novel.
I CANT WAIT FOR BOOK 3 !!!! COULD NOT TOP LISTENING IM HOOKED. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED WORTH THE CREDIT !!!
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