Title: The Elite | Series: The Selection, #2 | Author: Kiera Cass | Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks | Publication date: April 23rd 2013 | Num. Pages: 324 | Genre: Young adult, Dystopia, Fantasy
4 stars – A good concept with lots of paranormal beasties
My review of The Selection is here
The Selection gets fierce as rivals stake their claim on the Prince.
Six girls, one life-changing prize…
America Singer will leave her pre-destined life for a world of glamour and luxury, if she wins…
But surviving The Selection is tough. Rivals are battling to become Prince Maxon’s bride as the threat of rebel violence just beyond the palace walls escalates into war.
Only six girls are left and sworn friendships are tested to breaking point. America’s feelings for Maxon grow stronger, but she suspects darker mysteries in his royal past. With ex-lover Aspen waiting for her in the shadows, where do her loyalties truly lie?
Darling? The word, so tender and personal, enveloped me. In that moment, any desire I had to fight my feelings for Maxon disappeared.
Now that is the first line that hit me in this book – it hit me kind of like a stroke of finality – that finally America has realised she actually wants Maxon, whether it’s love or not, I couldn’t tell. But I’m glad she’s finally on her way to realising that Maxon is the way forward.
When I originally read The Selection at the beginning of this year I thought that America was a typical teenage girl who was down in dumps with her lot in life and had no chance of ever being happy except with Aspen. Now my opinion has greatly changed. I feel her chances of being happy increase each time she sees Maxon and then either she, or he, makes an error in judgment and those chances blow to smithereens.
What happened to Marlee was unexpected to say the least but I’m glad that Maxon managed in his own way to get the punishment reduced and that he got her a job.
In the first book I didn’t really like any of the other girls except America and Marlee and to be honest, my opinion of them didn’t really change in any way – I still don’t like them and I still despise Celeste and I’m glad America got a punch in. America’s maids on the other hand, I adore – especially Lucy.
I think my biggest issue with America is that she’s still so hung up on Aspen – just get over him already girlfriend. I ship Maxon and America not Aspen and America; don’t get me wrong, he’s a good character I just don’t think he’s the right person for America – he’s so hung up on his caste and his lot in life even though he’s now a Two.
Another character I don’t like is the King. What a tyrant. He is an issue for me, didn’t really see much of him in the first book but now we have my opinion of him has gone down massively. I can’t believe he’d do what he did.
On the flip side, I liked the writing style and the action with the rebels was great, it brought what could have been a tedious story on the cusp of Big Brother up to a story with a big ol’ twist to it. The rebels is something that interests me more than The Selection does as I want to know what they’re after – although it’s speculated they want to end The Selection, I want to know why.
The prose and dialogue flowed well together with barely any jittery starts and stops and I liked how well Cass brought America’s feeling into it. Although my original feelings of her is not great, it is improving with each book and considering this is not my usual type of book that’s pretty darn good.
I just wish that America would get over the whole “I need time” shtick and get with the program. Maxon loves you woman you can see it.
There, lying in the hospital wing, my heart broke for the first time over Maxon Schreave.
I’m looking forward to seeing where The One takes the story.