The Elite, written by Kiera Cass and sequel to The Selection, was a book I could not put down.
Although it rather annoyed me at times, I was completely engrossed until I read the last line. In The Elite, America (the protagonist I love) must make her choice. She must choose either Maxon (the prince) or Aspen (her first love), because time is running out.
Only five other girls remain in the competition to win Maxon’s heart and become princess. America knows that Maxon is in love with her, but she continues to ask for more time to learn where her heart lies. Meanwhile, the conflict with the Rebels and the general civil unrest moves to the forefront of the novel’s plot.
The reason I had such a love/hate relationship with this book was due to America’s indecision throughout the novel, because (in my opinion) it was very unlike her true character. America was very emotional. She had good reason to be, but I felt as though she questioned herself in every chapter. The reader thinks she’s made her choice at the beginning, (Maxon vs. Aspen), but it becomes clear that America does not know what she wants.
However, I really enjoyed reading more about Maxon’s relationship with the remaining girls of the competition. I thought it was refreshing to read about America’s jealousy.
When I realized I’d have to wait nearly a year for the release of Book 3, I was crushed. It’s going to be a long wait.