Release Date: April 23rd 2013
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.
Alise: Shall we start by saying America was three times as annoying in THE ELITE than she was in THE SELECTION?
Rebecca: She was infuriating
Rebecca: everyone was at one stage or another
Alise: True that. I have never wanted to strangle so many people.
Rebecca: And I liked some of those people in the last book
Rebecca: I don’t understand how my feelings could change so much in less than a chapter of THE ELITE
Alise: Yeah, it’s really hard to change a character completely so fast but Kiera Cass did. *claps sarcastically*
Rebecca: I was so disappointed
Rebecca: Maxon *cries*
Alise: Same. I think I was more disappointed in myself that I actually still enjoyed this. SOMEHOW
Rebecca: I thought it was meh
Rebecca: Didn’t enjoy it as much as I enjoyed THE SELECTION
Alise: Well we finished it so it had some entertainment.
Alise: Yeah I liked the first better.
Rebecca: It did.
Rebecca: I think one of the reasons I don’t like it that much is because the focus is still on the Selection and not on any rebels or the society
Rebecca: Minus those rushed predictable bits at the start (rebels) and end (king)
Alise: And Maxon/AspenMaxon/AspenMaxon/AspenMaxon/AspenMaxon/AspenMaxon/AspenMaxon/AspenMaxon/Aspen blah blah
Rebecca: AND AMERICA FLIPPING BETWEEN THEM CONSTANTLY
Rebecca: EVEN AFTER SHE SEES THE POTENTIAL CONSEQUENCES OF ACTIONS THAT ARE AGAINST THE LAW FOR HER RIGHT NOW
Rebecca: *explodes from rage*
Alise: Well we never said she was smart haha
Rebecca: But surely she has common sense?!
Rebecca: What part of her actions make sense? NONE
Alise: Apparently not.
Rebecca: America was so disappointing as a heroine. Book one she came across as more selfless and dedicated to her family
Rebecca: Now her actions are so selfish and romance based
Rebecca: and it took her getting offended and upset (but something she should have known would happen because that’s what the competition is about) to actually do something and think about change
Alise: Yep, that’s exactly it.
Alise: I think she might get worse in the third book now that she is so determined.
Rebecca: I hate that the revolutionary thoughts were spawned from a death wish though
Rebecca: Oh god
Alise: Every character has like split personality disorder.
Alise: I feel like Cass was trying to add something other than romance when she added in America reading those journals but that failed miserably and was just boring.
Rebecca: Those were predictable
Alise: I skimmed them, they were kind of dumb.
Rebecca: Really wasn’t hard to figure out that guy’s motivations for founding this country. And now the king’s for ruling it
Rebecca: I’m waiting for the rebels to declare allegiance to America because she made a speech with ideals they agree to simply to piss Maxon and everyone off
Alise: At least the Northerners, yeah.
Rebecca: The Southerners want something too
Rebecca: It’d be similar
Rebecca: they’re just not as aggressive
Rebecca: What other motivations would the rebels have? Other than freedom and equality
Alise: I honestly am not quite sure Cass knows that aha
Rebecca: Yeah. It’s coming across as poorly handled. Like the only thing that really matters is the romance
Rebecca: Not the society or people or anything
Alise: Yeah, I think the rest was just thrown in so it’s not JUST romance.
Rebecca: So it can earn it’s dystopian genre label
Alise: That’s what I said last book.
Alise: It barely is a dystopian, only because that’s what it is marketed as.
Alise: Speaking of the romance. Aspen was just as flat and one-dimensional as ever, not really making any signifigant appearances.
Rebecca: He was barely in it again!
Rebecca: And he’s as bad as America with the risks he’s willing to take
Alise: Stupid boy.
Rebecca: I thought he’d be smarter than America
Alise: And Maxon flip flopped between nice and caring and being a totally douchey player.
Rebecca: I KNOW
Rebecca: WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM
Rebecca: I THOUGHT HE WAS DECENT
Alise: PERSONALITY DISORDER
Alise: I KNOW
Rebecca: And I hate how America constantly focuses on the douchey stuff and his acts with the other girls
Rebecca: IT’S WHAT THE COMPETITION IS ABOUT
Alise: And yet still goes back to him
Alise: and “falls into his arms” ALL THE TIME
Rebecca: WHAT DID YOU THINK HE WAS GOING TO DO, IDIOT. IGNORE THEM ENTIRELY??
Rebecca: I never noticed that
Rebecca: Does she really say that?
Alise: There was like a sentence every chapter, “I couldn’t help myself, I fall into his arms” blah blah
Rebecca: I never noticed
Rebecca: watch me be super aware in THE ONE and pick up all of them
Alise: aha good.
Alise: YOU KNOW THE WORST THING?? HER CRYING. CONSTANTLY.
Rebecca: She did didn’t she
Alise: She cried at the drop of a hat
Rebecca: In THE SELECTION she was so strong and secure with herself
Rebecca: Now she worries about the romance and if she’s loved
Alise: One time they were having a good time and she’s like “I was so tired and stressed I couldn’t help myself and I started crying.” WHAT
Rebecca: We barely hear a peep about her family anymore
Alise: Yeah she became this dependent, whiny baby.
Alise: So were there any positives? xD
Rebecca: We made some moves to changing society at the end? Though the circumstances that came about were terrible
Rebecca: We had a glimpse of the rebels and society. Briefly.
Rebecca: And none of her maids died
Rebecca: I JUST THOUGHT OF ANOTHER ANNOYING THING
Alise: Baha that’s a good positive.
Rebecca: Kriss? was that her name?
Alise: Kriss yeah
Rebecca: SHE CAME FROM NOWHERE
Rebecca: And was so sappy
Alise: I know. She was just a name in the first book.
Rebecca: And then suddenly she’s America’s rival
Alise: Now she’s a major player, what the heck.
Alise: And it’s an actual competition now because of all the other circumstances.
Rebecca: Oh no now there’s someone Maxon might grow love *gasp* (it’s not like America spends time with other men she may or may not love *cough*)
Rebecca: Her hypocrisy was ridiculous
Alise: I know, she gets so mad at Maxon for doing what he is supposed to but fools around with Aspen all the time.
Rebecca: Even after Marlee
Alise: Poor Marlee….
Rebecca: It started properly after Marlee
Rebecca: I’ll miss Marlee. She was decent
Alise: Except for her poorly named… friend.
Alise: WTF kind of name is that.
Rebecca: But we’ve never noticed him before. America ran into him because she couldn’t see. He really is
Rebecca: *badum tssss*
Alise: bahahaha omg *wipes tear from eye*
Rebecca: thank you thank you
Rebecca: I am available 5 nights a week
Rebecca: when I am not reading horrible books
Alise: like this one *cough*
Rebecca: that make me bang my head against walls
Rebecca: maybe like this one
Rebecca: CAN I PULL THE CURTAIN
Rebecca: CAN I
Rebecca: CAN I
Alise: Le sigh. Okay.
Rebecca: Can it be metal and cut off America’s head :)
Rebecca: That’d solve the love triangle
Alise: Meh, why not.
Rebecca: [/CURTAIN FALLS WITH A SPRAY OF BLOOD]