Eeek, this book was fabulous. I really wasn’t sure where it would go after the first book because I didn’t think much more could develop from the plot but I really enjoyed it. The twists and turns of royalty and the difficulties around ruling a country really show in this book and for America she gets a real insight into what problems can arise if she became The One.
There isn’t a lot I can mention about this book without spoiling it for any future readers. Also it is the second book in the series and follows on from events that took place in the first book. Therefore I am going to talk about only the main points that I feel strengthened the book for me and hope you enjoy it.
The Elite tells the story of America who is stuck in a love triangle between Prince Maxon and Aspen who both have her heart. She is torn between her first love and her newly found love for the Prince weighed up with her responsibilities and what is right. She is now down to the final few girls and although Maxon has chosen her, she finds it difficult to fully devote herself to him.
This book buries deep inside its characters, the reader gets a much more in-depth look at the characters’ personalities and motivations during the contest. Not only does the reader learn more about the individual girls in the contest but they also see the King and Queen beneath their formal skins. Unlike before in The Selection, I found the King and Queen to be features within the palace as they were never developed upon, however in The Elite there is a real feel for who they are and their determination in ruling Illea.
The setting of this book stays predominantly in the Palace; however the mention of New Asia is brought up with the war. There is also a slightly bigger and clearer picture of the layout of countries and history of Illea.
Overall I am giving this book a solid 4 out of 5 stars on goodreads, I genuinely enjoyed the broader look into the country of Illea, the characters and the relationships. I thought it was a great follow up to the original book, The Selection and I genuinely cannot wait to start the third book in the series, The One. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys Young Adult novels or who is looking for something easy to read with a little romance and a handful of likeable characters. However make sure to start with The Selection first!