Friday, October 18, 2013

The Elite by Kiera Cass

The hotly-anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller The Selection.

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. (from GoodReads)

I saw the issues that other people had with The Selection and while I agree with most of them (the lack of world building, the similarities to The Hunger Games, the crazy names), I still enjoyed the story. It wasn't the best writing but it was still fun. Unfortunately, the things that were wrong in The Selection are magnified in The Elite.

I'm sorry, but a love triangle cannot sustain an entire novel; there needs to be some plot. The main conflict of The Elite was whether America should choose Maxon or Aspen. America would fluctuate between the two men and it was the most boring thing to read about. Love triangles can be amazing or they can be contrived. I honestly don't care about any of our three characters and that made this book difficult.

The little plot we got was about the rest of the Selection, now that there were only five girls left. That aspect was just a rehashing of the first novel. The only exciting parts came when the rebels attacked the building. But even that lost some thrill when the characters are just stuck in hiding not doing anything.

There is one part where America has to make a presentation about a charity she would support as princess. The position she took was interesting but I saw it coming from a mile away. So I wasn't even surprised by the "twist."

I did a Waiting on Wednesday on The One because I am a teeny bit curious about what happens but if never finish the trilogy I won't be that disappointed either.

Rating: 6 out of 10.
FTC: borrowed from the library.

2013/HarperTeen/323 pages.

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