- This article is about the six Elite. For the novel, see The Elite.
The Elite are normally ten girls chosen out of the thirty-five Selected girls for the Selection. However, near the end of The Selection, Prince Maxon decides to decrease it down to six, because he doesn't want the girls he doesn't think he has a future with to be endangered unnecessarily. Below are the Six Elite. Those with strikes have been eliminated.
- Reason: Was caught having an affair with a guard.
- Punishment: Caned fifteen times and stripped of caste to Eight.
- Reason: Eliminated before the engagement announcement, along with Elise.
- Current Status: Killed by Southern rebels during their attack in the engagement ceremony.
- Reason: Made it to the top two with America Singer. Almost chosen to be Maxon's wife due to America's 'betrayal,' but the engagement ceremony was stopped by the invasion of Southern rebels.
- Current Status: Survived the rebels' attack. She is last seen at the royal wedding with all other Selected girls, married to Elliot Piaria.
- Reason: Younger sister died from rebel attack, so Prince Maxon sent her back to her home and family to mourn.
- Current Status: Returned to her home in Bankston.
- Reason: Eliminated with Celeste, before the engagement announcement.
- Current Status: After the attack, she never stepped into the palace again, became an ambassador and married a CEO, mother of two boys.
The Elite are required to learn about the particular inner workings of the life and obligations she would have as a princess, in preparation for the winner of the Selection. They have to host many official guests and visitors and be warm and welcoming. Each one of the Elite will present (on TV/the Illéa Capitol Report) a philanthropy project that the new princess will run after the Selection. Another of their duties is the Convicting. In this event, the Elite must publicly and in front of the royal family condemn some criminals to jail, instead of whipping. Meanwhile, the prince must meet the family of the Elite, something that Maxon did during the Halloween party.