Not this time! I almost enjoyed The Elite as much as The Selection. Yes, I said almost:) It was good, but not quite as fabulous as the first. However, it is still a fast read, a page turner that for myself I sat and read in one sitting.
The Elite, takes right up where book one left off. Thirty-five girls in the selection process have been dropped down to the elite six. America, the main character is just as strong and lovable as she was in The Selection. I wondered how Cass would keep The Elite as intriguing as The Selection was, as well as keeping us readers wanting more. But she did it! I hate spoilers, so I will leave out the actual details. For those who know me, you already know I am a team Maxon fan! But let's just say, a series of events occur that flip the tables and occasionally have you as a reader re-thinking if you are a Maxon or Aspen fan.
Additionally, we were left to thinking that America's status in the selection was clinched as per where book one left off. You'll love (or love to hate) the twist of events that leave even those thoughts hanging in the air.
This book also gets more into the other characters, where as before we didn't know much of any details. Again bringing a whole new set of issues and intrigue to the story-line. Additionally, you finally get a little more of a sense of why things are the way they are, and that there is a lot more for America to consider than just a fairy tale life that she could win.
For me, the only thing I didn't really enjoy was the fact that now I have too many unanswered questions and will be forced to wait until the next book is released! I have my own theories (or what I want to happen), but as I occasionally am with book series I don't ever get the exact ending I want. (Guess only the writer gets that.) My biggest hope is that America's character stays true to what we all fell in love with during The Selection. Well that, and (this is only my opinion) but I still want her to end up with Maxon in the end!
Disclaimer: I was not asked by the author or publisher to review this book. This review is of my own as are all opinions expressed.