"The Elite" is the second book in the "Selection" series written by Kiera Cass. It is a young adult dystopian romance novel and was published on April 23, 2013.
In the world of "The Selection," the country of Illea is divided into castes, with One being the highest caste, reserved for royalty, and Eight being the lowest, consisting of the impoverished. The story follows America Singer, a Five in the caste system, who enters the Selection—a competition where thirty-five young women from various castes compete to win the heart of Prince Maxon and become the future queen of Illea.
In "The Elite," the competition has narrowed down to only six girls, and America is still among the contenders. As she continues to navigate the challenges of the Selection process, her feelings for Prince Maxon deepen. However, she is also conflicted because she still harbors feelings for her childhood friend, Aspen, who is now a palace guard.
Throughout the book, America faces tough decisions about her future. She must grapple with her feelings for Maxon and her unresolved emotions for Aspen, all while trying to determine what kind of queen she would be if chosen. Additionally, the political situation in the kingdom becomes increasingly tense as rebels opposing the monarchy threaten to disrupt the Selection and the stability of the kingdom.
As the story unfolds, America must confront her doubts, insecurities, and the pressures of being part of the Selection, where her every move is scrutinized. "The Elite" delves deeper into the lives of the remaining contestants, their relationships with Prince Maxon, and the growing political unrest in the kingdom.
Overall, "The Elite" is a gripping continuation of the "Selection" series, filled with romance, drama, and intrigue, as America's journey takes unexpected twists and turns in her quest for love and self-discovery.