The Elite by Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #2
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia
Length: 7 hours and 42 minutes
Narrator: Amy Rubinate
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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.So there are fewer girls left and America still doesn't know what she wants. But the decision may no longer be up to her.
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
On the story...
While I enjoyed this read, my biggest complaint is the lack of progress made during this installment. I have serious doubts that Ms. Cass will be able to wrap this up satisfactorily. The rebels are worse but not enough was revealed about their motives or identity. I like how there is a serious quandaries and no easy answers in this series. It's one of the things that draws me to this series the most. BUT... at this point the amount unknown makes me nervous about the last book.
Also, America was a bit annoying. She needs to work on her decision-making skills. I'm not sure how she could be so selfish considering her background. So there's all this negativity. You'd think it was just okay. But it was more than okay. It was pretty darn good. It just wasn't as good as the first one. I really enjoyed it. I like the concept and I never know what will happen next. I like Maxon and I am intrigued by the world.
On the narrator...
I love Ms. Rubinate. She voices the strong young female so well. She's also able to bring in the male voices quite well. She's a winner.
Overall, I still love this series but I'm worried that we (all the readers) are being set-up for disappointment. Perhaps this review will have to be rewritten after I've completed the series.