The-EliteReviewed by Christen Krumm

The Elite, the second book in Kiera Cass’s exciting Selection series, drops you into the story at almost the same place that book one, The Selection, left off (so, it is definitely a good idea to read book one). Only six girls of the original thirty-five remain vying for Prince Maxon’s affections and ultimately the crown. America’s love is still torn between Prince Maxon and her first love, Aspen — now a palace guard. Mystery will grip you for the entirety of the novel as you try to decide which girl Maxon will pick for his bride, who America will choose, and who is still left in the running when the last page is turned.

This novel will have you turning pages well into the night. I love that it is an Esther/Cinderella tale told with a dystopian twist. I love the growing friendship and love between Maxon and America,, and I am finding the fact that her heart is still a little tied to Aspen annoying (can you tell I am team Maxon?) Cass, I think, has expertly written likable characters that have you wanting to root for them (or boo them). I love the fact that America is such a strong woman and will stand for what she believes in — even if she is still trying to figure her life out.

In book two the reader also gets to know the king and queen a little better. I love the queen and want to sock the king (but he is the king so I would probably be thrown in jail . . .) I also found quite a bit more mystery in The Elite — such as why do the rebels keep attacking the castle and what are they looking for? And who is leading them (I have my theories).

I am truly loving this series. I love America and Maxon and Aspen (he is a great “I-am-so-sorry but-you-are-totally-not-going-to-get-the-girl” {I hope} character). This book has action, romance, suspense — everything for a gripping series. The only terrible thing is there is so much wait between book two, The Elite, and the book three — the conclusion — where we will finally get the answers we are so impatiently waiting for.

Best Line: “Perhaps our country is flawed, but we cannot deny its strength. My fear is that, without change, that strength will become stagnate. And I love our country too much to let that happen. I hope too much to let that happen.”

Furthermore: Kiera Cass’ Website

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Christen is an aspiring author, book lover, and coffee drinker. She lives in Arkansas with her superhero husband and 2 mini people. Connect with her at her blog: ChristenKrumm.com or Twitter @christenkrumm.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by HarperTeen. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.