The first book in the series was pretty straightforward on the competition, but the second book brings in many more elements: wars, for example, some fascinating feuds, and family dynamics I never saw coming.
I will be totally honest here: After reading The Selection by Kiera Cass, I was a little bit disappointed in The Elite. I can’t say exactly why. I just didn’t get absorbed in it the same way I got sucked into the first book of the series.
That’s not to say I didn’t like The Elite. I absolutely did. It just took me a little bit longer to read (I didn’t whip through it in 18 hours), and I found myself disliking some of my favorite characters from the first book.
Still, I was invested in the story. I wanted to know what would happen next, I wanted to see what America would do, and I wanted to see how everything with the competition would play out. I know I enjoyed the book because I’ve already ordered the next book in the series so I can answer these questions.
But frankly, The Elite is a bit of fluff reading and not much else. There’s not a whole lot to it. If you are looking for an easy read that will help you relax, the entire Selection series is a great choice. If you’re looking for something to make you think deeply or feel, you might want to check out something like All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.