Series: The Selection #2
Length: 7 Hrs, 42 Mins
Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Dystopian, Science Fiction, Adventure
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.
OMG!!! I have to start by saying I am thrilled with this series so far, and I cannot WAIT for The One next
Spring. Congrats to Kiera Cass on being all around awesome. I love these books and these characters! This world is so intriguing and detailed. I love the history of it and how we're gradually learning more of it throughout the series. I love how Mrs. Cass makes me feel like it's a real setting, that this world is somewhere in our country's future. The United States of China is a prospect, while interesting, that is all too terrifying. I love the language used and I love the creativity of the caste system. How I've not read of something similar yet is astonishing to me.
I love America! I feel like all her characteristics echo those that the USA was created with. I always felt that she represented the innocence that a "girl-next door" should, but she knows what she wants, and when she doesn't, she is contemplative. She doesn't let others choose her path for her. Until this second book. In this volume of the series, she doesn't allow her responses to be be swayed by those around her, but I think, with the exception of a few moments where I gasped out loud, it worked in her favor. I feel like she acted the way I think I would have, because of our similarities in stubbornness and really wanting the right thing to be done regardless of politics. So even when she was wrong, I loved her!
Then there is Maxon, and the one thing I wanted to slap him over was his lack of communication with America! Of course, she is just as guilty, but he is the prince! He has unlimited access to her, and it doesn't quite work the other way around. There are able to make it work, but it came at the expense of my tears because I'm a big ol' sap! Kiera Cass just gets my emotions! She knows what's going to trigger the water works and man, she uses it. And I am not complaining! I love a book that makes me feel and I adore America (and Maxon) for those same reasons.
Aspen needs to kick rocks! He's improved his caste, he feels like he has purpose now as a soldier, so leave America alone! You let her go, and that's the mistake you live with! You pushed her to do this and you don't just get to have her back! Give her a chance to be happy! In this book, he messes with America's head too much, even though I love how that resolves.
I do not trust Aspen, AT ALL. I don't think he would do anything to hurt America, but I believe he's not really aware of how close she is to actually becoming a royal, and that he may be the ruin of it all in some way or another. I also do not trust that he is not involved with the rebels, either northern or southern, in some way, or that the rebels aren't working with one another now. It's very obvious the king is hiding something too, and I feel like he could use Maxon, and possibly even America, as an ally, but he underestimates them and their thoughts on Illea. Illea's history plays a huge role in this, but not enough has been given away yet for me to figure it out :P
America had her moments in this book where she is the type of self-depreciating that we allll hate. She went all Bella on us for a second guys, but give her a chance. Don't worry, she fixes it! When America is dealing with the king, I wish she would just play nice and resolve to affect the change in these things later because he terrifies me! The queen obviously likes her, and Maxon of course, but she needs to play her hand wisely or she's going to lose it all and not have a leg to stand on, at court or back home. I loved America's parents and sister! They are sweet and supportive and doting, knowing when to stand in and when to sit down. Her brother is a dweeb, totally power hungry and manipulative. I like that she doesn't react to him.
The characters in this world and their stories make me want to sing and praise it to everyone I meet! You can't not fall in love with this series!
I'm rating The Elite 4 Stars because The One just has to bE 5 Stars and I need room to go up!