3 Stars

In America Singer’s world, a bride is chosen for the prince through an elaborate televised competition. In the second book of the Selection series, America is one of only six girls left in the running. But is it Prince Maxon—and life as the queen—she wants? Or is it Aspen, her first love?

Though I truly enjoyed the first book in this series, The Selection, this second book fell short. The Elite starts out with the top six girls and ends with five! Yes, only one elimination in 336 pages! I was unaware (my own fault for not doing the research) that there is yet another book to come: The One, due for release in April 2014.

Throughout this second installment, America’s indecision over whom she should spend the rest of her life with becomes ridiculous. The spunky heroin from The Selection becomes a teenage cliche as her affections go back and forth and back and forth. Readers may enjoy taking sides (are you for Aspen or Maxon?), but Ms. Cass has done little to encourage us in the direction of either of America’s suitors; they both have good and bad qualities and both seem worthy of America’s love…

With only six girls left, it would have been nice to get to know each girl a bit better, but I still have a hard time even conjuring their images in my mind.

So, will I read The One? Most likely I will, as will many readers of this series, if not for anything else than to find out how it all ends. But I do feel that this second installment was completely unnecessary.