Review: The Elite (The Selection #2) by Kiera Cass

the eliteTitle: The Elite
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #2
Rating: 3 stars
Genres:Romance Dystopia

The Selection began with thirty-five girls.
Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is fiercer than everโ€”and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?

America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they wantโ€”and America’s chance to choose is about to slip away.

My Review:
Having read the complete series now, I feel like this book was the weakest. It was actually pretty frustrating to read at times and I wanted to jump into the pages and throttle both America and Prince Maxon, on certain occasions.

The Elite concentrates largely on The Selection and the love triangle. I had mental whiplash from all the toing and froing and I would have loved the rebel sub-plot to have been fleshed out a little more to add a different (and in my opinion much-needed) extra layer. As it was the rebel subplot was weak and under-developed. How on earth did the rebels keep gaining access to the Palace? There is no way that would have happened in reality and security would have been much tighter.

Every time Maxon and America got close something happened to pull them apart again. My heart ached every time. At one point America promises him she won’t be so reckless, and won’t keep pushing him away, but she keeps on doing it! Where I liked her character in the first book, she seems to have regressed in this one. She was so indecisive, to the point of distraction.

For me, again, the plot is totally predictable and the only thing that was unexpected was the identity of Georgia and August.

It’s still a decent read and enough to keep me interested in continuing, despite some obvious frustrations.

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