Author: Kiera Cass
Published: April 23rd, 2013
Read: April 24th, 2013
Hardcover, 323 pages
From Goodreads: Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.
America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.
Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.
Kiera Cass… why, oh why, oh WHY do we have to wait until 2014 for the conclusion of The Selection Trilogy?!?!
While there isn’t a major cliffhanger, there are still a lot of questions that we MUST answer! Ahh, I am dying to know how this concludes…OK, enough of that… we’re here to discuss The Elite! One of my most highly anticipated books to be released in 2013. Yes, I did in fact stay up until 3am reading on April 23rd…. I was just so excited!
I’m going to break down The Elite:
- Team Maxon till I die! : Once again, Maxon has proven to be my favorite character. Always thoughtful & kind, Maxon juggles all of the duties and obligations that are put on his plate. Now that The Selection is down to The Elite, the pressure intensifies on finding the perfect Queen/winning over America. But what happens if America backs out? Will he be left alone with a broken heart? He doesn’t want it to come to that, but Plans B & C are in his mind. On top of that, Prince Maxon has to learn how to run the kingdom. His dickhead King father isn’t much help. The rebels are determined to stop The Selection, and the constant worry that they will attack the palace wears on him. Maxon, I know you will find your HEA and save the day in The One.
- America, America, America…. we know you had to fall down in order to rise up to the woman that you’re destined to be. And all that… but gosh, you were frustrating at times in The Elite. After enjoying several days of bliss with Maxon, America had a few wake up calls. She thought about the responsibilities behind being a Princess and wondered if she could handle that. Then of course whole there was third part of the love triangle to consider. The constant back and forth between Maxon and Aspen was annoying. While in other love triangles, the indecisiveness between the two men is because they touch heroine’s heart in a particular way, but America was swayed when she was upset with one of them. Over and over. It seemed impulsive and immature…. but I am very confident that America has learned from her mistakes in The Elite, and she will fight for Maxon and the people of Ilea in The One!
- Aspen who? Ugh, Aspen, you need to just go home now! I would be very surprised if America ended up with Aspen. He isn’t in love with the woman that she’s becoming, and for that reason ALONE, he needs to hit the road. I am already afraid of when Aspen’s relationship to America gets out. Shit will hit the fan, and it’ll be awkward! If my little fanfiction world, I would have Aspen end up with America’s lonely maid, Lucy. They both need some lovin’.
- The Elite (aka Kriss and Celeste): Those b*tches have got to GO! What’s the deal with Kriss? She reminds me of the oh-so-hatable, Jo, from Iced. Kriss is a placeholder. Although there’s nothing wrong with her, she is just wrong for Maxon. I predict that her claws will be coming out in The One. I kind of love Celeste, simply because she is that hot bitch that we love to hate. As of now, there is no complexity to her character, but I’m OK with that. I’m looking forward to Celeste’s humiliating fall from grace. It’s going to happen.. I can feel it. (Insert evil laugh here).
- The King: Whoa, holy evil asswipe. How much does he suck?? We got a sneak peak of what a jerk he was in The Prince, but UGH, WOW, I hate him. He reminds me a bit of President Snow in The Hunger Games. He likes the way things are, and he will take appropriate measures to keep things that way. Looking forward to the King vs. America face-off.
- The Rebels: They confuse me. I know that there are the Southern and Northern Rebels (both with different agendas), but the ones that storm the castle in a murderous frenzy seem different from the ones we met in the woods. Hmmmm…….
Loved the book… the countdown for The One will be long and painful, but we have the CW TV show to look forward to in the Fall.