By Kiera Cass
Publication date: April 23, 2013
HarperTeen, 336 pages
Source: Borrowed from a lovely friend
In America Singer’s world, a bride is chosen for the prince through an elaborate televised competition. In the second book of the Selection series, America is one of only six girls left in the running. But is it Prince Maxon—and life as the queen—she wants? Or is it Aspen, her first love?
— Goodreads.com description
Is it possible to hate every single character in a book?
And, furthermore, still like a book?
Okay, I’m getting ahead of myself. If you recall, I really loved the first book in this series, The Selection. I got caught up in the story and could not put the book down. Sure, I got other readers’ complaints about the simplicity of it all and the lack of world-building. But I was enjoying myself, so I really didn’t care.
Same thing with The Elite, except replace “enjoying myself” with “was so mad at all the characters I didn’t have time to care.” LORD. These fools made some poor decisions! Team Aspen? Team Maxon? Team America? Who cares; they’re all idiots. But I can’t help myself…I love reading about them.
If you didn’t like book one, book two probably won’t change your mind. If you loved The Selection, like me, prepare for some serious Book Two Syndrome*, but know that I was still entertained and can’t wait to find out what happens next in this dramarama series.
*AKA you know the author is going to do the exact opposite of what you want her to, but heck, that’s part of reading a trilogy so just roll with it, prepare to have your heart ripped out and pray it’ll all work out by book three.