Rating: Four Stars
With the stack of The Selection Series piled on the floor by my bed, I just can’t put these books down. I am a huge fan of the public library and, even more so since I was able to check out all four books at once.
Unlike how I felt The Selection (Book 1) had been, The Elite (Book 2 in The Selection Series) was much more action-packed. Thrown straight into the albeit tame challenges The Elite must participate in along with increasing dangerous rebel attacks, I was completely absorbed. Add to those the surprising eliminations, consequences for breaking the Selection’s rules, the discovery of countless secrets of an unstable country AND the entire kingdom (along with America’s world) crumbling around her, and I couldn’t put this book down. Even hours after I should have gone to bed.
I still am not a huge fan of America, mostly due to her indecisiveness between what she obviously had with Maxon and, separately, with Aspen. Either life would be great if she would just choose it. I only wanted her to make a decision, yet she wouldn’t. She confused herself so much by entertaining ideas of doubt of character that, in the end, I felt that she didn’t deserve either of the love interests.
But… in the end, she at least made a choice! And I’m really excited to see where everything goes in The One (Book 3) because of the choice she made.
Cass did an amazing job in The Elite weaving more depth into our beloved Prince Maxon. His character, who before was your standard bachelor, is now entwined with his dark life previously kept secret to both us, as readers, and America. I finally understand choices he’s made and realize that his life is, truly, much trickier than I’d ever thought. Maxon is the quiet hero Illea needs and I love him all the more for it.