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For what it s worth, I actually liked The Selection Sure, it suffered from a major bout of shoddy world building and desperately needed a plot beyond just the game show slash dating elements, but if I had to blurb it, I d go with something like this Frivolous and silly, The Selection is nonetheless an enjoyable timekiller with its Bachelor like elements and inability to take itself too seriously The Elite on the other hand ugh how do I even begin to describe this mess Let s seeAmerica I love Maxon No Aspen No definitely Maxon Maxon does something needlessly cruel in dramatic fashion America I hate Maxon runs off to see Aspen For unexplained reasons, she has second thoughts about Aspen America Aspen who I love Maxon Maxon does something needlessly cruel in dramatic fashion America I hate Maxon runs off to see Aspen For less unexplained but equally convenient reasons, she has second thoughts about leaving Maxon America Aspen who I love Maxon At this point I m just too irritated to continue copy pasting Is anyone else seeing a pattern here Like maybe the plot is just one big, long, stretched out love triangle A poorly done love triangle at that One that isn t even resolved I don t know, I didn t really mind The Selection because the Bachelor like elements in other words, the catty contestants , while stereotypical, were somewhat amusing, but this is just messed up relationship melodrama between chapters of America replaying her emotional baggage in her head over and over and over again, and it s unimaginably boring Indescribably pointless Frustratingly annoying Where d evil Celeste go Plus some other somewhat random observations, because this is not a book that s inspiring me to write a coherent review What Happened to the Bachelor style Competition Personally, that was the only draw of the first book Yes it was cheesy But so what The Selection was terrible as a dystopian, but at least it had that, so it wasn t a complete loss The Elite seems to eschew the only thing that made the first book bearable in favor of the aforementioned love triangle why The World Building, Redux Even from The Selection, we should know world building is not this series s strong suit Still, while I admire Kiera Cass trying again, this time with about the history of Ilea, some conspiracy involving the first king s diary, and stuff about the caste system and foreign diplomacy, all of it is so simple to the point that actually reading about it feels painful than watching a Miss America contestant discuss world geography The Rebels of Complete Fail I get it Actually, I don t There are the Northerners There are the Southerners It s implied they want something But when the biggest plot development is a scrap of crucial information incompetently left in the hallway just conveniently for America to find, WTF Maxon Celeste What the heck No Just no If I were on the fence about the rest of the book, last straw dude, last straw.Anyway, I wasn t expecting anything from The Elite than shallow, petty drama And somehow, it still fails at even that. All right, boys and girls, I m back for round two A year late, but I ll try to get to The One right after this.In my review of The Selection, I already covered the larger issues this series has I m just going to go through this book roughly chronologically and list all the places I eyerolled so hard I saw my brain Sometimes, I grew extra eyes just so I could side eye this book some ETA This list will continue to grow as I complete my reread 1 REBELS Seriously, palace people GET SOME SNIPERS ON YOUR ROOF You have guns I know you have guns, you said so right there Also, rebels, build some freaking bombs so you re not just hurling bricks at windows, it s not that hard In general, I find Cass s understanding of rebellion to be very hilarious In our modern world, especially in America, rebel has a fairly positive connotation, I think because of the way the US clings to its past as badass rebels against those effete Brits Nowadays, rebels are generally called terrorists, because terrorism has a purely negative connotation The author seems unwilling to use the word however, due to a spoiler for The One , but that s what the government should be calling them When you want people not to sympathize with a group of insurgents, you label them terrorists Why doesn t this government do that Oh right, because it s run by a pair of idiots Btw, if you re interested in asymmetrical warfare as it actually works and has worked, I like Invisible Armies by Max Boot Smart guy 2 UNINTENTIONAL MISOGYNY America is so special out of all the girls because she s the only one who hasn t dreamed of her wedding, except for one tiny detail her dad giving her away Oookay Way to fly your misogyny flag, Murica Is it okay if I call you Murica Women aren t property any that need to be given away This conversation is especially awful in light of what DOES happen at the end of The One 3 MURRICA America is a terrible, terrible person She seemed mostly harmless in the first book, but now she s just an actively horrible human being She can t understand the difficult reports she s supposed to study that s fine, I don t always understand complicated economic or foreign policy , but instead of making an effort to learn, she literally says, I couldn t bring myself to focus on it Your heroine, ladies and gentlemen The future Princess and Queen of your country You really want this lazy, aggressively stupid, willfully ignorant chick as your leader Can you imagine Michelle Obama or Kate M being like, lol it s too hard I m not going to read it Then she goes on TV to give an opinion on these reports she doesn t study Reports about the war A war in which people die No, America, you should not be a princess if literally your only basis for making decisions is, Celeste says the opposite thing, so I m going to say this thing Our heroine also makes fun of Marlee for not being able to learn her scales in ONE WHOLE WEEK Pianists practice their scales for years Even after they stop just playing scales, they still practice etudes forever Seriously, couldn t the author be bothered to learn something this basic 4 HALLOWEEN Yes, I know it s supposed to be sweet and romantic that Maxon revived a holiday just for his special snowflake America It s not, and America, as a Five, shouldn t think so He s literally wasting money and resources when people are starving to have a fancy party for America, and if she was fit to be a princess, she would have shut that down It s very Marie Antoinette, and we know how that story ends in the real world.5 THE FUTURE This vision of the future is a Tea Party conspiracy theorist s wet dream, crossed with a dose of Randian money worship China takes over the world and a rich businessman buys their way out Okie doke I don t even know how to begin to deconstruct all of Gregory s nonsensical diaries and the history of the American State of China I have a lot of things to say about this, but all of it would be academic and boring, so I ll confine myself to, if the Chinese ever do try to invade, America, launch your nukes You have like 40 times as many 6 FOREIGN RELATIONS LOL WATS THAT I feel like the author has a very limited understanding of the way official functions are planned There is no reason why the girls can t have party planners and country experts to help them out while preparing to host the Germans and Italians The State Department or Ministry of Foreign Affairs, or any similar department that every major government everywhere in the world through history has ever had has staff on hand specifically for this kind of situation, let alone the staff that the White House First Lady has It would have been far interesting to see the girls have to take charge of a team of people, because that would be showing their leadership skills Whatever, I can t even get too worked up about this or else my head will explode, but it demonstrates such a shallow understanding about the way the world works Anyway, foreign relations doesn t merely involve hosting a party for your guests, though that s a good first step Important decisions get made here Alliances are formed America, however, doesn t bother telling us why these foreign dignitaries are here Her whole focus is on throwing a better party than the other team Which is not unimportant, but her inability to see beyond that is a mark of incredible self centeredness, which is a terrible quality in a future leader Seriously, why are these people here How can they help Are we talking money Armies What Why don t you know anything, America 7 SOME WORDS OF PRAISE The diction and writing in this book is much improved from the first one At least there were no menacingly twirled forks Gold star for effort FAQQ If you hate these books, why do you keep reading A I m a glutton for punishment Also, they are unintentionally hilarious Like, laugh out loud in public hilarious.Q I like these books, does that make me a bad stupid person A No Read whatever you want, lord knows I do I am interested, however, in why you like the book Leave me a note Q The Selection is the best book ever and I hope you die.A If this is how you deal with opinions that disagree with you in real life, you re in for a lot of disappointment Q It s just a book fantasy dystopia whatever, get over it.A I demand quality from my fiction Why don t you This series is like junk food.I know it s not good for me I m not even sure I m enjoying it.But I can t stop 2.8 5 Stars Love is beautiful fear Guys Where do I begin This book was such a disappointment, compared to its predecessor Don t get me wrong, I flew through it in a couple of hours Right now, as I m writing this review, I have read The One and I know who America ends up with, how the book ends, everything These books are so addicting and such a guilty pleasure, I want to scream Kiera Cass is not a good writer, but her books captivate you I still want to throw this fucking book at the wall because it frustrated me to no end I would never throw a book anywhere though, because, for me, books have feelings, BUT THIS PARTICULAR BOOK COULD DRIVE ME SO CRAZY WITH REPULSE THAT I WOULD DO IT WATCH ME DO IT When I read the first book, I said I wouldn t judge it harshly because of its content But now I FEEL WRATH THAT I WANT TO EXPRESS The Selection began with thirty five girls Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon s heart is fiercer than ever and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale Or with her first love, Aspen America is desperate for time But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want and America s chance to choose is about to slip away.America was good character in the first book I didn t mind her, you could say In this book, I WANTED TO THROW A BRICK ON HER FUCKING HEAD I want to throw so many things when it comes to this book, I wonder why SHE WAS SO INSECURE AND INDECISIVE AND CHILDISH AND PETTY IN THIS BOOK And I thought I was an indecisive person All her good qualities from the first book completely vanished in this book She was like a whole different character I DON T GET IT Did the author fucking forget her own protagonist THE LOVE TRIANGLE This is the worst love triangle I have ever witnessed, if we even can call it that BITCH CHOOSE The whole book was basically thisChapter 1Oh I love Maxonheart heart heartLet me put on my fucking tiara, imma rock this princess businessChapter 2Nah Princessy shit not for this chick Imma go with my safe previous love Aspen WHO NEEDS LOVE WHEN YOU CAN HAVE COMFORT AND A DUDE WITH THE PERSONALLY OF A POTATO THIS WAS THE BOOK Each meeting she had with each character she changed her mind I wanted to slap her off the Earth This book was constant back and forths, indecisiveness, and cringiness Everything would be resolved if they just TALKED TO EACH OTHER YOU BOTH LOVE EACH OTHER JUST SPEAK I WANT TO TEAR MY HAIR FROM MY HEAD PLS KILL ME AND BURY THIS BOOK INTO MY WORST ENEMY S FUCKING GRAVE AAAAAAAAAAAAA This isn t a love triangle We all know who she s gonna choose And gurl, pls Maxon was hooking up with Celeste, so what You re the one to talk YOU KEPT STEALING KISSES WITH ASPEN IN THE FIRST BOOK And Maxon is in a fucking competition and he needs to choose his girl He should know how each girl is you know in the flesh department too AND ALL YOU SAY TO HIM IS Oh no no, bae, I don t want you, but please come after me so it can feed off my insecurity FUCK OFF I truly feel that Aspen is the most useless character in the entire face of the Earth He s just there to bring conflict into America s life He s stale than a loaf of bread I haven t seen anyone beingteamAspen Was anyoneteamAspen when this book came out I m truly curious cause this book is older than my grandma Maxon though MY BAE You made some shit choices in this book BUT I STILL LOVE YOU JUST KEEPT BEING BEAUTIFUL AND PERFECTteamMaxonThe politics in this book were prominent Which I found ridiculous We all know this book isn t about politics Kiera Cass honestly has no knowledge about how shit works I know jackshit about politics, but some things were so obviousChapter 1Oh REBELS REBELS HIDE HIDE HIDE YOUR CHILDRENChapter 3REBELS AGAIN THEY HAVE GUNS THIS TIME AWChapter 5SUDDEN ATTACK THE REBELS ARE HERE BITCHESChapter 7You againChapter 9Ugh.LIKE We had so many rebel attacks that it got boring and repetitive soon What was even the point Doesn t this castle have any means of security For realz now It was so cringy and unnecessary, I kept forgetting this book is supposed to be a dystopian so quickly This isn t the purpose of this book The politics are done terribly, just let it be a contemporary Also WTF AMERICA WHAT WAS THIS WHOLE SPEECH WITH THE CASTES She wanted to make a dramatic outro by ruining people s lives in the process She didn t even know her shit The King asked her a question and she was like Nah dk dawg like Study your shit because you decide to destroy a whole country And don t chicken out when things don t go your way I was certain she would get kicked out of the contest for this She should ve Maxon showed her some top secret books that no one should know she had, and she WENT AND SHOWED THEM ON FUCKING NATIONAL TV WAY TO GO Ugh I m annoyed.What else happened in this unnecessary book Ah The Elite We got Celeste, still a fucking glorious bitch, Kriss, who is relevant now apparently, Marlee, who was the best out of everyone and didn t get what she deserved, Natalie and Elise, who are just there We basically didn t get any character development for these characters, except Marlee and Kriss Celeste is still a bitch, the other two just exist and Marlee had the worst fate anyone can ever have And Kriss suddenly became a rival to America for Maxon s affection Out of fucking nowhere I mean I don t even remember her in the first book, tbh She annoyed me Such a sugar coated little princess Ugh.Overall, this book had no purpose to exist Having read the final book in the series as well, I can tell you it could all be one book One less frustrating book This is definitely the worst book of the series I was rolling my eyes throughout the whole thing All the character annoyed me, at one point or the other, to no end The plot was nonexistent, the love triangle a hot mess, the character development with no sequence I would give it a worse rating, if not that these books are so addicting, but so bad I don t know how Kiera Cass does it in this department, the plot is bad, the characters annoying, the world has no coherent building, the writing is nothing special, and yet, we all can t stop reading them Mysteries of this world Anyway, till the next one, very soon, K BYE 7 1 2012 3 48 PM Yay It has a name I m so excited for this book 8 7 2012 4 19 PM Why does this have likes Haha I can t wait for the cover I heard Cass has seen it Of course, I d prefer to have a male on the cover Not JUST a male, maybe a well dressed Maxon with his face concealed I hate when publishers put non concealed faces It makes me feel like I have to picture the characters like on the covers with America in his arms Or maybe the Elite girls in pretty dresses I just hope it s than a girl, like onThe SelectionDon t get me wrong, I loved that cover, I just want 10 2 2012 10 49 PM Is everyone excited about the cover reveal on the 17th I know I am 10 4 2012 5 01 PM Okay They revealed the cover early I m a little disappointed Don t get me wrong, it s beautiful, but it s just the same has the first one If this book is supposed to be wrapped around the Elite Three, shouldn t there be than just America BUT THAT DRESS IS BEAUTIFUL, AT LEAST 5 9 2013 I FINALLY got my greedy little hands on the copy ofThe Eliteand what can I say WHEN IS THE NEXT ONE COMING OUT It was absolutely brilliant reading this novel You may want to clear your whole schedule because once you start reading, stopping to do anything else will annoy you Without further interruption, here is my review of this gem4 out of 5 starsCover As you may or may not have read in my sweet ramblings at the the top here, I m not a huge fan of the cover but I won t complain about it ok, yes I will it s SIMPLE and I simply wanted I do not like the non concealed face of the woman and the dress is just I don t even think this dress went along with any of he dresses in the story BUT, nevertheless, it looks absolutely lovely sitting next toThe Selectionon my bookcase, so I ll give it that General Summary In this installment ofThe Bachelor meets The Hunger Games meets TwilightNo, just kidding In this installment by the lovely Kiera Cass , Prince Maxon has to decide between the final girls left in the selection, or better known as the Elite girls All the while, America, our lovely heroine, is still trying to debate on who she wants to be with Prince Maxon or Aspen or better yet, The Crown or her Childhood Along the journey, America has to watch as Prince Maxon tries to fall for the other girls breaking MY heart and the girls are set out to do tasks that a future queen would likely do such as a project and America s idea is scandalous to say the least.In the mix of all the lies, love, betrayal and whippings comes the horrible rebels who are after something something to do with books Something, America has to figure out Opinions, General Fangirl Squealing, and Spoilers PRINCE MAXON I LOVE YOU.Well, aside from my pure and complete fascination and devotion towards Maxon, the book was, so so I did like it a lot better than I did the first hence the 4 stars , though it WAS lacking and I couldn t help but get a bit annoyed with America s I love Aspen No I want Maxon But Aspen is safe But I love Maxon But I don t want the crown blah blah blah blah BLAH.And there wasn t much Maxon to even begin with I mean, he was there and he was all lovey dovey and mushy and brilliant, but most of the time it was just America talking about him.Only for Aspen to ruin it Now, I m not an Aspen hater, I d respect it if America ended up with him, but I wouldn t like it at all I just don t think he is encouraging enough towards America He wants her to be brilliant but as long as he is somehow involved He wants her to do this and do that and be herself but be quiet and respectful and he doesn t think she can handle the Crown No That is not someone I want to see America with She s a bright, young girl and I d love it if someone who is encouraging of her ideas would be with her.Celeste Celeste, Celeste, Celeste You and I had problems in the first book, ma am and I told you to back off Maxon and just blend in with the background and for the most part you honored that but you HAD to go and pull that little thing with Maxon, you dirty girl I wanted to reach into the book and give Maxon a shower since you had your hands all over his Prince lyness glares at her I m happy for Marlee, at least I m going to miss her And what of these rebels What are you guys afterAnd King Clarkson I m watching you Leave America alone Her idea was splendid All in all, the book was lovely, not everything I had hoped for because there are still A LOT of unanswered questions and I mean A LOT , but I m hoping Cass can wrap them up nicely inThe OneI m hopeful it ll be a brilliant series.AND I HOPE THE COVER FOR THE NEXT BOOK IS GREEN hint hint Miss Cass, if you re reading this. It turns out I m absolutely terrible at staying away from you It s a very serious problem. Tears Love triangles More tears Whining Even tears Annnd.honestly, that s pretty much it Could we make it one chapter without her dissolving into tears NoFabulous. Picking up where we left off, America is in the Elite the top 6 of the Selection aka the Bachelor Princess Diaries mashup She s joined by Celeste the B tch , Marley the best friend , and three other totally forgettable girls who must still be there solely to keep the book going.Prince Maxon is in love with her but gasp America can t decide between super hot and super rich royalty and super hot and down to earth soldier Annnnd, that s all there is to the plot.There s some filler here and there rebels, crocodile tears, party planning, crying fits, plots to overthrow the government, unrestrained sobbing but honestly, there s not much.It s mostly America whining over one boy then the other Followed by some eye rollingly awful quotes Like this Love is beautiful fear. And this Sometimes I feel like we re a knot, too tangled to be taken apart. And this All I want is your promise to stay with me, to be mine Sometimes it feels like you can t possibly be real Promise me you ll stay. I had a hard time getting into this one The first book was fun it was fluffy and a bit weak in the plot department but it was the kind of book you can just sink into and enjoy.This onenot so much The writing felt stiffer and the dialogue had me cringing so much America s only emotion was bawling and even then, I wasn t very convinced The plot just circled from one boy to the other I really feel like 250 of the 300 pages could ve been cut and nothing would ve changed Maybe even the whole book.Audiobook CommentsRead by Amy Rubinate and no complaints therewell except forQueen Amberly s accentThe novella starring the queen had her in a very thick, native Honduraguan accent but in another novel her sister sounded extremely Southern Belle while in this one Amberly just sounds so middle American Is consistency too much to ask Blog Instagram Twitter Warning Mild Spoilers Ahead Do not read if you don t want to be spoiled Please read at your own risk.Actual rating 2.5 starsThis is not a dystopian, This is a book centered on a love triangle.Believe it or not, I did like The Selection, but this book, unfortunately, did not live up to its predecessor The reason why I enjoyed The Selection so much was because of the similarities to the TV show The Bachelor which I watch, occasionally I personally think adapting the competition into a book was a nice idea Even though it was predictable, cliched and pretty cheesy, I still had a lot of fun reading it But this book, as I said, annoyed me to no end The crucial element that made The Selection worth reading was gone, and replaced by the MC s constant insecurity issues and a back and forth love triangle between our dear America and Prince charming Maxon Schreave First love Aspen Leger.First things first, the plot As you can tell, the main storyline of the series is about a competition named The Selection, in which the palace picks out the new princess for their country, Illea The Selection is actually a live show broadcasted to all the citizens of the country, and is one of the biggest celebration events of the country In The Selection, the selected has to interact with the prince, and if the prince dislikes someone, he can kick her out of the game At the end of the first book, the number of girls in the running was reduced from thirty five to six, also known as The Elite Our main protagonist, America, is one of the girls who remained in the competition Moreover, she s the one the prince adores and wants to marry, but as you can guess, it s not so simple, because America is also in love with her first love, Aspen, who turned out to be one of the guards in the palace Basically the plot of this book is about Maxon trying to convince America to be with him, while America doubts Maxon s sincerity and her ability to be a princess And at the times when she believes that Maxon is just like the others or playing with her feelings , she just runs to Aspen for comfort And so this brings us to the love triangle.The love triangle never bothered me in the first book, mainly because it was obvious she s going to end up with Maxon, and there wasn t much of Aspen But in here, America was constantly going back and forth between Maxon and Aspen Ha, their names rhyme While she fell in love with Maxon, and wanted to stay with him, she fell victim to her insecurity and went hot and cold towards Maxon And when Maxon went to find out if he could like the other girls, in case America leaves him, she just kind of used Aspen for comfort Her insecurity and doubting bothered me a lot I mean, why can t she just choose someone already It s not like she doesn t know what she wants, she just kept on acting stubborn and wouldn t forgive Maxon for something he didn t do, EVEN THOUGH SHE WANTED TO What the hell There was never a need for a love triangle, because we all know who she ll end up with, and therefore the love triangle is really just America s denial issues.The plot also centered on the rebel attacks THAT IS A LIE.Here s what the premise promisedThe 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 Did we really get that Not really As described above, the rebels were supposed to be violent and powerful enough to destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending , but in truth, the rebels only showed up for around three chapters or so AND ALMOST NOTHING HAPPENED Sure, the rebels killed people But no one major died, except maybe the sister of one of the Elites, which is still unimportant Now now, don t get me wrong, I m not trying to say that those people s lives aren t important I meant that the rebel attacks isn t the spotlight of this book, it is the LOVE TRIANGLE The rebel attacks is just mostly there Yes, it did influence the main characters lives, but not much It s mostly just a secondary plot So why did I say that nothing happened Because despite that, all they really did was damaged the walls of the hallways of this magnificent palace , which really counts as nothing Plus, there was this scene towards the end of the book, in which America and Maxon were stuck in a safe house together during a rebel attack, and they basically had this romantic night and sorted things out So I wouldn t really consider the attack of the rebels as destroying her chance at a happy ending , but of a creating an awesome chance at spending a night together with a prince Here s another thing, towards the end of the book, America discovered that what the rebel really wants was books Yes, BOOKS and Gregory Illea s diary, I ll get to that later, but that really doesn t make any difference WHAT KIND OF REBELS WOULD WANT TO STEAL BOOKS That is just ridiculous The worst thing is that, America found out about that sooo late, whereas I noticed it when I was around 50% in It was OBVIOUS Why, you ask WELL BECAUSE THE REBELS ONLY TOOK THE BOOKS Okay, so there was another scene when there was another rebel attack, and America had to run to a tree and hide up there And when one of the rebels passed, she noticed that the rebel was carrying loads of books, ONLY I can t believe how she can be so coughs smart Her IQ really amazed me And there is something a whole lot ridiculous than that That is, when the rebel walked pass her, she rebel fell and noticed America holing up on a tree, and you know what she rebel did SHE BOWED WHAT THE FUCK sigh Sorry for the swear word, I justcouldn t help myself.Now, the characters.In The Elite, America Singer, our very own protagonist, is unbearable I really can t stand her doubts and insecurity and constant break downs I actually thought she was an okay character in The Selection Although annoying at times, I did like how she brought a change into the palace and actually treated her maids, her friends nicely That s why I don t get how she suddenly turned into a coward She kept on saying that she isn t princess material and doubts her own abilities And she also kept on thinking that the other contestants are better than her or their place in the caste system are higher, she s the lowest , and that she doesn t get how Maxon could love her when there are so many people who s a lot better than her willing to throw themselves to him What s worse, she kept on crying Whenever she is faced with some minor conflicts weeps Maxon doesn t like me, he likes Kriss sobs , she just starts CRYING THAT is something I cannot stand I really hate it when heroines break down when faced with a minor problem.Here s another thing I can t bear, the oh I want answers but I m too afraid to ask thing There are a lot of times when America was wondering about something, and kept wanting to ask about, but just wouldn t The reason is either I decided that I didn t want to hear it or I m too afraid to hear him say it or I don t want to intrude someone s privacy MY GOD, AMERICA If you want an answer, JUST FUCKING ASK This is not a good way to keep people in suspense It usually just frustrates people So, please, don t ever do that again Ugh, see what you did there You just made me swear AGAIN I have to give Kiera Cass some credit Although America s annoying as hell, I actually liked America a lot better than Juliette, so yeahthanks for not letting me hate the MC The only time I liked America was when she presented this report about wanting to destroy the caste system to the whole country That is a really brave act It s reckless, so what I like it But then everything went downhill again She started begging for Maxon to forgive her, but the reason she said all that was because she decided she didn t care what anyone think sigh The irony I really hate it when I finally like her , then she does something hypocritical.I have to admit, I loved Maxon in The Selection He was this awkward sweet prince who never entered a relationship, and is naive and hot as hell But in The Elite, he turned a bit too serious There was some problems he could ve avoided if he would just talk to America I believe that communication is really important if you want to maintain a relationship There were things he shouldn t have held back Plus, I really don t like the fact that he also likes Kriss, one of the other contestants Maybe not as much as he likes America, but I guess I m just biased I mean, America can like two people at once, why can t he Butit s hard to explain, but I just don t like it Anyway, I really think he should ve proposed when he wanted to, there wouldn t have been so many issues if he had.Aspen Well, I never really liked him, except maybe at the beginning of The Selection The thing is, he actually told America that she s not fit for a princess He said something like I just don t see it in you And that led to America s self doubting I really don t think he should ve said that even though he was jealous honest, whatever It s just notnice I mean, why can t she Everyone can if they re willing to try He really shouldn t have discouraged her Despite all that, I kind of feel bad for him He s the guy who America turns to when there are problems between her and Maxon And that s WRONG America shouldn t have led him on when there wasn t really a chance for him, therefore I feel bad for him I do hope that he finds his own happiness in the last book.The secondary characters Marlee She s one of the characters I actually have nothing against, if not like There s not A LOT of her in here, though But her big reveal did have a huge impact on everything Celeste WHAT HAPPENED TO THE HATEFUL BITCH She was pretty boring in The Elite, she never did anything evil again I never thought I d say this, but I kind of miss it Kriss She turned into a pretty important character in this book Mostly because Maxon likes her, AND THEREFORE I DON T I m sorry, but I just don t like the idea of Maxon liking someone else at the same time Other than that, I don t really have anything against her, I just think she s too optimistic to be real The other girls They re mostly just there But one of them DID say something pretty mean Elise, another contestant, actually told America that they weren t friends and that she wouldn t EVER help her because they were in a competition While I can understand that, I just don t get why she has to say it out loud That s just HARSH The maids I liked them in The Selection, but while I still like them here, I just don t like them as much They were nicer in the first book.I promised I ll write about this, and here it is Gregory Illea s diaries They re basically about how Gregory gained enough power to build this country It turns out that this saint everyone loves, is a douche He s pretentious, and power hungry He made the caste system Yes, there s a caste system just so he could get power But I don t get why the rebels want his diaries I hope it s explained in The One.Despite this hateful review, I DON T hate this book There were just parts that annoyed me I seriously don t know how many times the book made me roll my eyes, but I still enjoyed the reading process, just not as much as the first book This was a HUGE disappointment, but I will be reading The One I m just really curious about how it will end, although the title says it all This is the most lengthy review I ve ever written, please do bear with me if there s any grammar mistakes, as I ve just finished typing this I might be adding thoughts if anything new occurred to me, I ve finished this book for three days already, and there are just things I really can t think of, so I may be editing this again sometime in the near future I apologize if this review offended anyone, this is just my honest opinion. The Selection Began With Thirty Five GirlsNow With The Group Narrowed Down To The Six Elite, The Competition To Win Prince Maxon S Heart Is Fiercer Than Ever And America Is Still Struggling To Decide Where Her Heart Truly Lies Is It With Maxon, Who Could Make Her Life A Fairy Tale Or With Her First Love, Aspen America Is Desperate For Time But The Rest Of The Elite Know Exactly What They Want And America S Chance To Choose Is About To Slip Away I raced through this book because I love the concept and where the story seems to be heading, but OH MY GOODNESS America was so frustrating I discuss the whole thing in depth in my booktalk here This is what the first book did I don t know how Cass is going to stretch this into a trilogy I honestly don t Unless this has another beautiful cover I can t resist, I m going to avoid this book like the plague Update 7 23So I finished this book It was just as awful as the first, if not worse It s worse in that it tries to develop a love triangle and makes a bad name for women everywhere America decides to love whichever guy is in the room and then forget him the moment he leaves it The book attempts to explain what happened and to contribute to the whole dystopian aspect, but the explanation is extremely weak, given through the ever cliche diary from a really old dead guy who happens to be very important I can t say that men are given a very good image either, though Maxon talks about how much he loves America while consorting with other women and trying to make himself feel good, which is literally how he justifies it And of course, we see how he has a troubled past brought on by a violent upbringing I didn t find any part of this book enjoyable, but I want to finish this series and find out what the hell actually happens None of the characters have struck me as anything but fickle and one dimensional, with the exception of Aspen He remains constant, though in a very shallow manner It s not about how the author has been horrible, any This book is bad Exceptionally bad If I haven t ever questioned how the publishing industry works, I am certainly questioning it now The writing style is stilted and sounds as if it s catering to elementary schoolers The plot is not developed in the least, and the characters have all been built to fit some sort of mold, but they can t even seem to accomplish that All in all, this series lacks class and cohesiveness, attempting to throw out twists that absolutely contribute nothing Originally I started reading this to get over the pain that Siege and Storm had instilled in me, but now it s just created this little pit of disgust in my stomach Bleeech.