Monday, 5 August 2013

The Elite - Book Review



The Elite – Book Review

Kiera Cass

The Selection # 2

YA Dystopian

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.

Review:

The Elite is the second book in Kiera Cass’ amazing Selection series and grips you with the same burning ‘need to know’ that I loved about the first one. Needless to say, I devoured the book within a day and I’m now eagerly awaiting the next installment.

Set in a dystopian world where life is dictated by a strict caste system, The Selection is an event/TV show that has the power to change the fate of one girl. 35 girls were chosen from across the country to compete for the ultimate prize of becoming Prince Maxon’s chosen bride. Now, more than halfway into the competition, only six remain.

But despite being part of the final six, America Singer is still uncertain of where her heart truly lies. She never planned on falling in love with the Prince, and never imagined that the Prince would share her feelings. But love is never straight forward when a crown is involved… and with Aspen, Americas first love, now stationed as a Guard within the palace, she finds herself torn between the two men. Yet her real concern is, is she Princess material? Can she rule a country? And will Maxon wait for her decision or will his heart stray to another? And what dark secrets is he hiding...?

As much as I enjoyed this book, there were times when I really wanted to shake America over her indecisiveness. Especially in regards to her feelings over Maxon and Aspen.
Yet despite the love-triangle, I actually like both men equally, although I loved the darker aspects of Maxon that emerged in this book. It helped give his character much more depth and through it, we got to know several characters such as Celeste and the King much better.

Otherwise the plot moves smoothly and for the first time the reader begins to learn the history of the world and how the government was formed. While the rebels remain an elusive kind of bad guy, we also get to see new villains emerging and I look forward to seeing what will happen next. At the moment the country is on the brink of revolution and I’m interested to discover what part America will play in all of this. Will she help abolish the caste system? Will she become Queen? Which man will she choose?

The series will hopefully conclude next year with The One which is set to be published in early 2014.  So overall I thought The Elite was a good book and an easy read, and a nice follow on from The Selection. 4 Stars!


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