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, NY : HarperTeen, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062059963
0062059963
9780062059970
Characteristics: 323, 13 p. ; 22 cm

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red_dog_12737
Jul 12, 2018

I checked the e-book of this book and got the Spanish Version instead?!!?!

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pink_chicken_94
Mar 18, 2018

This book was alright, I would say that its my least favorite book in the series. I like the third book the best

Its not a bad series, when reading the first book I was a bit wary, but It got better. And in book two, it has not disappointed me yet. There was a uncomfortable kissing scene, but it wasnt to bad. And there was a slightly intense whipping part, but other-wise from that, the book is really good

ArapahoeSusanW Jan 30, 2018

The Bachelor in Dystopia should be the subtitle of this series. "The Elite" is the follow up to the terrific first installment, "The Selection". Main character America hasn't been voted off the island and still in the running in the marriage lottery. "The Elite" is a decent read but not really anything earth shattering. There's a new plot twist with the appearance of America's ex Aspen and increased rebel threats, but overall it's just fluff although fun reading fluff.

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KokoCat268
Oct 27, 2017

This is a really exciting book,except for the fact it gets kinda boring with all the politic stuff going on.I know it's important,but still. :)

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Marilyn34
Oct 23, 2017

The struggle to follow your heart or mind is clear in this novel which makes the journey exhilarating yet a little frustrating.

Check out my review of "The Elite" on my blog at:
http://axarr.blogspot.com/2016/04/review-wednesday-elite-by-kiera-cass.html

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 03, 2017

The Elite follows America Singer’s journey as a girl of the Selection. During the book she is trained in how to be a princess and is learning that she might like Macon after all but there is one problem, the king hates her and wants her out. Once the rebels continuously attack and get into the palace when everyone is outside, Mare runs into the forest to hide but once the rebels see her, one of them bows to her. She slowly starts to learn what the rebels might want, as well as why she wants. Throughout this book Mare further learns how she feels and debates over who she will choose. Overall I would give this book a 4/5 because when reading it, it is hard to stop and it provides more detail. The one thing wrong with it is that Mare spends much of her time arguing which can be frustrating for the reader.
@skybooks of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

This is the second book of the Selection series. The series is about a group of girls from different social classes come and come together and compete to win the Prince Maxon's heart. OMG, I don't know where to start, I can't explain how much I love this book. I immediately fell in love with the first book and I couldn't wait to read the second one. I was not disappointed and you will not be either. The way that the author sets the setting is miraculous. I was Literally addicted to this book, I couldn’t wait to even wait to read the next paragraph. America and Maxon (the main characters) are just so relatable to the point where you feel you are actually them. The book is very detailed and is easily understandable. This is one of the best love stories I have ever read. I totally recommend this book to teenagers aged 13-18. I give this book of a 5 out of 5.
- @terrificbooklover of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

In "The Selection" trilogy, "The Elite" is like a glue that keeps the series together. While the love triangle goes a little back and forth, interesting facts are added that create interesting drama that keeps you on your toes, while the Maxon/Aspen dilemma continues slowly, creating a gradual beach-type read that is enjoyable and captivating. America's stubbornness, the continual love triangle, a fascinating backdrop and interesting royal family makes for a hype-worthy, flavourful read. After reading this, I feel like I live in Illea--and Kiera Cass's imagination makes it a place you'll never want to leave!! I recommend to all fans of "The Hunger Games" or "Divergent".
- @theapprenticebookworm of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

In the second book of the Selection series, Cass continues on America's journey through the selection. Although it is known the second books of series are always less exciting than the first, this book is definitely an exception. Cass keeps readers on their toes and wanting more with crazy unpredictable events and reveals. As the selection is narrowed down to fewer girls, readers will be sitting on the edge of their chairs waiting to discover if America will become Prince Maxon's bride, or choose her previous boyfriend Aspen Leger. This book is absolutely a page turner and there will be no deficit of excitement and suspense when reading it. I would award this book 5/5 stars.
- @reviewguard of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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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.

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Jun 15, 2018

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Mar 21, 2018

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Jan 16, 2018

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Dec 27, 2017

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KokoCat268
Oct 28, 2017

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Apr 23, 2017

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Nov 14, 2016

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Oct 08, 2016

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ashley_sung
Jul 10, 2018

"I know when she holds me, it’s the crown she pulls close to her heart."

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Tiffanyy
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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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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pink_pig_1205
Mar 21, 2018

Other: After Marlee was caned she showed that she had no regret for breaking the law because it was in the name of love. I am a fan of this series but that part showed a flaw in Marlee's character. She used to be my favorite character. I'm not even angry about what she did I'm angry that she felt no regret.

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pink_pig_1205
Mar 21, 2018

Sexual Content: Marlee was caught in a closet with a guard and was whipped for it.

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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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Tiffanyy
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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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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