I just finished The Elite by Kiera Cass and I am so excited. I posted about 50 pages in that I thought this was going to be a long book because of what I presumed would be the obvious back and forth in America's mind between Maxon and Aspen. I was so wrong!
First of all, I was genuinely nervous that this book was going to be all about the love triangle, but I was so wrong! Cass manages to include more on the Rebel attacks occurring, more on the gradually failing state of Illea, and more character development than in the first one. To be sure it's a little bit easier to provide character development when your cast of main or semi-main characters goes from around 50 down to around 20.
Sure, I did still get a little annoyed with America's back and forth, but usually her reasoning behind it made sense. She knows what she wants in a relationship; unfortunately, America has the same problem which most people have of idealizing something that can never be perfect. And I think America grows as a character in this one. She makes some unwise choices, and she occasionally comes across as petulant, but I think we'll see a lot of growing up in the last book of the series. I left my friend's copy of The One at work, so I'm heading over there right now to pick it up! I can't wait to see what Cass does for the finale.
Favorite Quotes: "Love is beautiful fear."
"I kind of wanted someone to rearrange the stars so they spelled out his words."
Prequel / Sequel Challenge Points: 34 + 2 = 36 points