Saturday, July 27, 2013

The Elite

The Elite
by Kiera Cass

Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Dystopian Fiction

Synopsis: Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.

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Review: I really liked the first book of the series, The Selection.  (You can read Marcie's review here.)  It was such a good guilty pleasure read.  It was the royal version of the Bachelor but in a dystopian world.  Definitely meant for young girls.  But how could you not get into it?  I was hoping this one would be just as good but sadly it was not.  America and Maxon really started to bug me in this book.  America become so much more wishy washy about her feelings between Maxon and Aspen.  She was played by whoever was with her.  America's actions were very rash and she really did make some very bad decisions because she didn't stop to think.  In this sense she seemed much more juvenile than she did in the first book.  She is just 17 so perhaps she's acting more her age in this book than in the first but I liked her better in The Selection.  Maxon also made terrible decisions without regard for America's feeling and he seemed to take advantage of his situation much more than in the previous book.  I'm not sure why he acted the way he did, it seemed out of character.  This book seemed to be leading us more into a possible revolution or change in society that will take place in the third book (that is my guess) but there really wasn't much action.  I still read this book in less than a day and had a hard time putting it down, so it was captivating enough.  I'm not dying to read the next book though.

Rating: 2 1/2 stars

To read Marcie's review of The Selection, click here.

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