The Elite by Kiera Cass

Thirty-five hopeful girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. Now only six remain with the hope of winning the heart of Prince Maxon and the crown. America Singer, once a reluctant participant, is one of the few left in the competition. Things have gotten increasingly complicated as she now is torn between her surprising feelings for Prince Maxon and those for her first love, Aspen, who has suddenly appeared at the palace as a member of the King’s Guard.

The longer America stays at the palace the more she realizes that beneath the opulence and luxury, things are not as perfect as they may seem. Prince Maxon introduces America to a secret room of banned books, and she soon understands that the idyllic stories she heard about the creation of Illea may have been nothing more than propaganda. This discovery becomes even more baffling as the palace is frequently under siege by the “rebels,” one of whom America sees running away with a sack full of banned books.

The Elite, the second book in the trilogy by Cass, is just as exciting and action-packed as the first. I also appreciated that the author took the time in this book to reveal more about Prince Maxon’s past and the history of the nation of Illea. I’m not sure if I can wait until 2014 for the conclusion!

Review by Maddie, CLP-Squirrel Hill

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