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Early Review: The Elite by Kiera Cass

Title: The Elite

Author: Kiera Cass

Genre: YA Dystopian

Series: The Selection Trilogy (Book 2)

Publication Date: April 23, 2013

Format: Hardcover, 352 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062262858 (Harper Teen)

ISBN-13: 978-0062262851 (Harper Teen)

Reviewed by: Kayla

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.

Quick & Dirty: America Singer has to choose between two of the most amazing guys, but time is running out. Rebels are on the loose, and they are determined to stop the Selection once and for all.

Opening Sentence: The Angeles air was quiet, and for a while I laid still, listening to the sound of Maxon breathing.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

There are only six Selected girls left. America is one of them. Now that it’s getting down to the best of the best, America is running out of time. Why is she still in the palace? Does she actually want to join competition vying for Maxon’s hand? Or is she just there to send money to her family? But Aspen isn’t making the choice easier. Whenever she sees him, it’s a risk, but a risk she’s willing to take. When she thinks she knows which one she’ll choose, a terrible event occurs that makes her question her choice. Is Maxon worth it? Survive the rebels, become a princess? Or is a life with Aspen enough? America has to decide before it’s too late.

I devoured both The Selection and The Elite in about three days. From cover to cover, I totally enjoyed the suspense and plot twists and overall characters. This series was like a breath of fresh air from other darker, more complex dystopian books I seem to be reading nowadays. Although the plot never dragged or went by too quickly, the actual writing of the book was more or less ordinary. There was nothing special or original in the writing. The plot in a story may seem like the most important part of a story, but the way the author portrays the events are equally, if not more, important to a book. I felt that although the plot was outstanding, the writing could have been better.

Now that I have the technical stuff out of the way, I’m free to fan girl all over Prince Maxon and Aspen. I love both of them and equally dislike both of them by the end of the book. Complicated feelings, I know. Both of these characters have great personalities with minor flaws, but some of the choices they make through out the book tended to test my affection for both. I will forever be Team Maxon, but this guy had me on the fence by the end of The Elite. I didn’t like Aspen until the middle of this book… and then I didn’t like him again. So by the end of the book… I don’t think either of them are worth it. America, there are others out there better for you!

America has grown up from the poor musician living with her family. Now she has higher aspirations, but those old dreams as a pauper girl still haunts her memories. With  Aspen guarding the palace, her memories of her family and life with barely enough to eat mold her choices in the palace. Unlike the other girls, she knows what its like to starve or freeze. And she plans to do something about it if she decides to take the crown. The only thing stopping her…is herself. She struggles with accepting the amount of responsibility and spotlight marrying Maxon would bring. I really love her brash attitude. It’s as if the only choices she has are at the extremes, adding to he anticipation and suspense in the book.

Yes, this isn’t the most well-written, inspiring books I’ve ever read. Yes, the characters are brilliant but lacking. Yes, the plot makes it a worth-while read. Yes, I cannot wait until the next book!! No, you should not take my word for it; go read it yourself!

Notable Scene:

Lucy squealed. “Really?”

“Absolutely.”

“But how?” Anne asked. “I thought you said–”

“I know, I know. It’s hard to explain. All I can say is that I’ve been given a second chance. Maxon matters to me, and I’m going to fight for him.”

“That’s so romantic!” Mary cried and Lucy started clapping her hands.

“Hush, hush!” Anne called out sternly. I thought she would be excited and didn’t understand her sudden seriousness.

“If she’s going to win, we’re going to need a plan.” Her smile was diabolical and I grinned her. I’ve never met anyone as organized as these girls. If I had them, there was no way I would lose.

The Selection Trilogy:

1. The Selection

2. The Elite (April 23, 2013)

FTC Advisory: HarperTeen provided me with a copy of The Elite. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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