(The Selection #2)
Author: Kiera Cass
Publication: April 23rd, 2013 by HarperTeen
Page count: 323 (Paperback)
Genre: YA – Dystopia, Romance
The hotly-anticipated sequel to the New York Timesbestseller The Selection.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.
The Elite left me feeling more infuriated than its predecessor.
First of all, America was even more annoying than I remembered. And way dumber. Most of the time, we were being told how nice her personality was instead of it being shown through her actions and I was so tired of that. You just don’t senselessly do the things that your friend was punished for, especially since you clearly know what will happen. America knew the severe consequence herself, yet she still did it anyway.
“But how was I supposed to decide between two good possibilities? How could I make a choice that would leave some part of me devastated either way?”
As expected, she kept going back and forth between Aspen and Maxon — at one moment she wanted to be with Maxon so bad, the next she felt like Aspen was the only person who would understand her. You know, the usual stuff. What a typical love triangle and I could not be bothered to be invested on it. But to make matters worse, both guys seemed to be more selfish and unlikable in this installment. (Everyone was, honestly.) Maxon kept demanding from America and there were multiple times his behavior simply irritated me. Him juggling the other girls, while America was also too busy feeling conflicted to make a freaking decision about him or Aspen. Oh yeah, Aspen. He still pissed me off and he’d gotten more needy now but somehow he became more…bearable, I guess.
I continued this series because I thought it provided a light entertainment even if it was ridiculous at times. Oh, btw I found out Queen Amberly’s middle name. Station. *gasps* Can you believe it? If anything was more ridiculous than the names, it would be the history of Illea. Do you really expect me to believe THAT??
Now that I’ve finished book 2, I’m not sure anymore. I didn’t expect much from it, knowing the first book. I was actually hoping for a light and feel-good read, not some angst-ridden teenage soap opera. However, I surprisingly still came out of The Elite with my curiosity intact. I might give The One a chance, though I will definitely keep my expectations low.