The Elite

The Elite

Book - 2013
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"Sixteen-year-old America Singer is one of only six girls still competing in the Selection--but before she can fight to win Prince Maxon and the Illean crown, she must decide where her own heart truly lies"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : HarperTeen, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062059963
0062059963
Branch Call Number: / SF CASS KIERA
Characteristics: 322 p. ; 22 cm

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RebelBelle13
Jul 20, 2017

This book was completely unnecessary. It was completely, unabashedly ,unadulterated filler and fluff. Any advancement the characters made in the first book were erased by this angst ridden mess. Had Cass been smart and not gone for the trilogy money-grab, she could have made this a concise dualogy. America was back and forth between Aspen and Maxon, and was way more confused than any girl could have or should have been in this situation. I understand that she's 17, but I had a much better grasp on my emotions and love life than this poor confused girl with the ridiculous name. The only two scenes worth mentioning here were the discovery of Illea's diary and the following Halloween ball, and Marlee's and Woodward's affair and punishment. These could have easily been fit into the first or the last novels, and this book done away with entirely. We end the book with America's feelings being exactly the same as when she started. There's no growth. It reminds me of an Anime movie that corresponds with an ongoing series. It's a side story, the characters go through some hardships, overcome them, and we end just the same as it began- with zero romance changes, zero character growth, and nothing to add to the overall story arc. This book was a giant Cha-cha. I seriously hope the last will be better. I'm actually getting used to Amy Rubinate's voice (I'm listening to it on audiobook). She sounds like a robot.
So, hardly any redeeming qualities to this book. On to the last.

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BudgiesNbooks
Jul 07, 2017

A great sequel to the wonderful first book of the series. Keira Cass, yet again, held me deep inside the book, hardly letting me breathe a sigh of relief before the next crisis! Whatever America felt, I felt. I read this in one day and couldn't wait to read the next book!

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TrueCanadianGirl
Apr 04, 2017

I liked this book, but I knew exactly how the series was going to end from the first book, and that made it kind of a boring read.

Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Jan 15, 2017

I wasn't a huge fan of the first book, and I really didn't like this sequel. While a lot of the book is a love story, it also veers into the unsettling politics of the country. The indecisiveness of all the characters, especially America, is incredibly annoying. The plot doesn't seem to be progressing that much either. There was some potential in the first book, but this one just didn't deliver.

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heba_sajid35467
Dec 18, 2016

ok so this book wasn't as good as the first one to be honest, but it wasn't that bad either

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vv19
Oct 13, 2016

More drama of the "Bachelor". Prince Maxon wants some noble things while also having a bad boy heart. He likes America but because she cannot get over someone else they have a lot of drama. America is like any young teen who doesn't really know what she wants. The thing that kept me reading was the sub-plot with the country politics. Drama and romance with a hint of mystery.

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FindingJane
Oct 09, 2016

America certainly had her work cut out for her as the competition to win Prince Maxon’s hand intensified. Her decisions about court policy weren’t always sound. But her heart was in the right place and her actions supported her moral outlook.

That’s why it was hard to read about her constant vacillation between Maxon and Aspen. She reminded me of Ado Annie from “Oklahoma”, basically liking whichever man she was with at the time. Her confusion over her feelings struck me as that of a silly tease rather than the capable woman she was striving to be.

But Maxon didn’t coming off as much better. After experiencing his first kiss with America, he plunged whole hog into the competition, kissing the other girls, showering them with signs of affection and keeping on girls like the hateful Celeste even after America told him how the other girl had attacked her. He always had good explanations as to why he kept on some girls when it seemed that he should make up his mind and pick one. But they didn’t seem like explanations to me; more like handy excuses to justify his borderline sleazy behavior. He also kept pressuring America to tell her how she felt rather than reveal the depths of his feelings. It was the old game of demanding someone tell you they love you before you’ll commit yourself to saying the same.

Aspen was the only one that came off as being steadfast. It seemed as if his feelings towards America hadn’t wavered. Although he also pressured her at times, he was a rope to her past, her world and her people. You could see why she might be reluctant to cast off her old childhood sweetheart.

This installment in the Selection series was definitely a weak link, with only sudden talks between America and the king providing real interest. He was been mainly a cypher for most of the first two books but he brought out his claws for this one, providing startling information about the Selection process.

So matters are definitely heating up for the third novel in this series. You just need to skip through passages about America’s romantic wafflings.

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Ldivergent_4_6
Sep 14, 2016

This book along with the rest in the series, is simply amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!if you haven't read it all ready, read the selection, and don't miss this one!

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chocolatepanda123
Aug 24, 2016

This book was just as captivating as the first one, with even more twists and turns in the story. This is one of those books that if you start you have to finish. I couldn't put it down.

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mayahe
Aug 22, 2016

This book is even better than the first (if thats even possible..) with a series of plot twists, ups and downs and even amongst the craziness and pressure of the Selection, happiness.

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Jul 07, 2017

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Apr 23, 2017

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Nov 14, 2016

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Jun 26, 2016

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Tiffacutiepie
Jun 26, 2016

"Love is beautiful fear" -Kiera Cass, The Elite

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orange_turtle_144
Jun 19, 2016

"It turns out I'm absolutely terrible at staying away from you. It's a very serious problem."
"Love is a beautiful fear."
"You've changed me forever. And I'll never forget you."

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xzhang17
Jul 09, 2015

“I sighed. "Actually, Mom, we argue pretty regularly." "What?" She gaped at me. "Well, stop it!" "Oh, and I kneed him in the groin once." There was a split second of silence before May barked a laugh. She covered her mouth and tried to stop it, but it kept coming out in awkward, squeaky sounds. Dad's lips were pressed together, but I could tell he was on the verge of losing it himself. Mom was paler then snow."

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xzhang17
Jul 07, 2015

“I was afraid I was wrong, that you would change your mind any second. I’ve been looking for a suitable alternative, but the truth is …”—Maxon looked me in the eyes again, unwavering—“there’s only you. Maybe I’m not really looking, maybe they aren’t right for me. It doesn’t matter. I just know I want you. And that terrifies me. I’ve been waiting for you to take back the words, to beg to leave.”

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xzhang17
Jul 07, 2015

“It turns out I'm absolutely terrible at staying away from you. It's a very serious problem.”

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reaniebug8888
Jul 02, 2015

"Darling? The word, so tender and personal, enveloped me. In that moment, any desire i had to fight my feelings for Maxon disappeared. I wanted to be his dear, his darling. I wanted to be Maxon's alone." pg 39

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Mahala
Sep 22, 2014

(America trying to teach Marlee to play hte piano)

Marlee sighed. "I give up. Sorry, America, you've been so patient, but I hate hearing myself play. It sounds like the piano is sick."
"More like it's dying actually." America laughed.

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abookworrm2
Aug 13, 2014

"Love is a beautiful fear"

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winner2345
Jul 10, 2014

“It turns out I'm absolutely terrible at staying away from you. It's a very serious problem.”

“Love is beautiful fear”

“You've changed me forever. And I’ll never forget you.”

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folder2go
Jun 24, 2014

“It turns out I'm absolutely terrible at staying away from you. It's a very serious problem.”

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Tiffacutiepie
Jun 26, 2016

Down to 6. The Elite is intense as the 6 girls battle it out. America still can't choose wether she wants Aspen or Maxon but now that this is anyone's game she has to make up her mind.

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xzhang17
Jul 18, 2015

In the second book in the Selection trilogy, America Singer finds herself in the group of Elites still left contending for Prince Maxon’s hand. However, America’s situation is different from the other girls in that she faces an impossible choice—Prince Maxon or her childhood love incidentally posted as a palace guard Aspen? When Maxon informally proposes to her, America believes that he is the one she will happily spend the rest of her life with. However, tragedy throws Maxon and America’s plans into disarray. When (spoiler alert) Marlee, her best friend and one of the Elites, is punished for an affair with palace guard Carter Woodwork, America cannot help but blame Maxon and reassesses her future. While Maxon has confessed his feelings for America on more than one occasion, he can hardly end the Selection if there is the possibility that she will not choose him. Consequently, he grows intimate with the other candidates as America cannot help but feel jealous. Again, America must decide if she wants to marry Maxon before her chance slips away.

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winner2345
Jul 10, 2014

Only 6 girls are left and America is one of them and as the competition goes on she starts to realize that the people she thought were her friends are not who she thought they were and Maxon might start to like someone else except for her.

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Aria Eve Mann
Dec 07, 2013

Maxon and America are on good terms until she earns the king's disaproval ( don't know how yo spell that).

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TrueCanadianGirl
Sep 24, 2016

Sexual Content: Not too much, but there is a lot of kissing and seduction

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stepha89
Jun 19, 2013

Sexual Content: A couple brief references to sexual activity.

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