The Elite: The Selection, Book 2

 
The Selection sequel is more romantic, still superficial.

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Educational value

The Elite digs deeper into political themes, especially how the country of Illea was founded. Although fictional, it discusses topics raging from prejudice to the caste system to helping those less fortunate than yourself.

Positive messages

Trust yourself and others, treasure the value of friendship, understand the importance of family, and have pride in yourself, and love conquers all.

Positive role models

Despite the fact she constantly worries about her looks and clothes, America Singer is a stand-up heroine, always ready to fight for what she believes in -- whether it's addressing the mistreatment of people within Illea's caste system in Illea or sticking up for a beloved friend who's been wrongfully punished. She also discovers how she can help the people of Illea through her role as a possible princess. America's friend Marlee faces a challenge that makes her stronger. And while Maxon at first comes off as a spoiled rich kid who only wants to fool around, deep down he's kind, caring, and will do anything to protect America. The other romantic interest, Aspen, is equally kind, caring, and protective of her.j

Violence

There's more violence in Book 2 than there was in The Selection. The ongoing fight between the Northerners and the Southerners of Illea is getting worse and more vicious. There are battles on the palace grounds in which guards and staff are hurt or killed. Three characters receive corporal punishment -- two for being discovered in a precarious situation, the other is abused by his father. A cat fight occurs between America and fellow competitor Celeste. America gets into a fight with Maxon and pushes him. A kissing scene between Aspen and America is a bit rough and aggressive, with him grabbing her arms and forcing himself on her. The King is nasty and cruel.

Sex

Flirting, kissing, caressing.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

America drinks wine at a party.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Elite is the second book in The Selection series, set 100 years in the future. America Singer is still in the televised competition to win the heart of Prince Maxon of Illea -- and the role of his wife. America has many moments of indecision about whether she wants to continue her quest. The Elite is more romantic than the first book, with mild kissing, flirting, and caressing. And there's also more politics and violence -- attacks on the palace in which people are hurt or killed, corporal punishment -- as well as mean-spiritedness and backstabbing by America's fellow contestants.

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What's the story?

America Singer remains in the televised competition to win the hand of Prince Maxon Schreave of Illea -- a contest that's one part The Bachelor and one part The Hunger Games. Her feelings for Maxon are growing, but she still has feelings for her childhood sweetheart, Aspen. Aspen would rather she leave the palace behind and wait for him. But the competition and her greater purpose for being there, including making sure the other catty competitors don't win, makes her want to stay. When America sees a chance to be the wife of Maxon slipping away, she must decide what she really wants, and if what she feels for Maxon is true or just make-believe.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

THE ELITE ups the ante in the romantic department. In the series opener, The Selection, Maxon seems more wooden, but he comes vividly to life in this installment. His love for America is clear, but she's too wishy-washy  about her feelings for him. In one breath she hopes to be with Maxon, in the next pines for Aspen, and readers may get tired of it. Maxon gets tired of it and becomes interested in other competitors, even though he desires America.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the Selection series. Did you read the first book? How does The Elite compare?

  • America becomes jealous when Maxon flirts with and dates the other female competitors, yet she steals kisses with Aspen behind Maxon's back. What do you think of America's double-standard regarding boys and dating?

  • Why do you think stories -- and reality TV shows -- involving competitions to be chosen as a date or spouse are so popular?

Book details

Author:Kiera Cass
Genre:Science Fiction
Topics:Princesses and fairies, Arts and dance, Brothers and sisters, Friendship, Great girl role models, Holidays
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:HarperTeen
Publication date:April 23, 2013
Number of pages:336
Publisher's recommended age(s):13 - 17
Available on:Nook, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle

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Teen, 13 years old Written byVenezia June 30, 2013
age 12+
 

Love it!!!

I love this book and read it twice. After waiting for about a year I was not disappointed! There are some sexy scenes but it doesn't go pass kissing. The violence was not that bad if you don't mind blood. I like the romance in this book as sappy as it can get. I also recommend the Selection Novella eBook which is Maxon's perspective!
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much sex
Teen, 14 years old Written byGRACE_Bookworm May 27, 2013
age 13+
 

Great Romantic/Dystopian Book

The Elite is a wonderful read for anyone who enjoyes romantic or dystopian novels. There is some violence (rebel attacks) but nothing too graphic. In the book Lady America struggles to decide who she truly loves: Aspen or Prince Maxon. Romanitic situations are described between America and both of her lovers, but nothing past kissing. This is an awsome book!! Strongly recomended!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Teen, 13 years old Written byDitto247 November 16, 2013
age 11+
 

Awesome!

This book was really good, and I can't wait for the next one! There's nothing really past kissing, and I really recommend this book to anyone!
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Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex

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