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[Review] The Elite by Kiera Cass

The Elite
(The Selection #2)
Author: Kiera Cass
Publication: April 23rd, 2013 by HarperTeen
Page count: 323 (Paperback)
Genre: YA – Dystopia, Romance
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The hotly-anticipated sequel to the New York Timesbestseller 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.

 

Review

The Elite left me feeling more infuriated than its predecessor. 

First of all, America was even more annoying than I remembered. And way dumber. Most of the time, we were being told how nice her personality was instead of it being shown through her actions and I was so tired of that. You just don’t senselessly do the things that your friend was punished for, especially since you clearly know what will happen. America knew the severe consequence herself, yet she still did it anyway.

“But how was I supposed to decide between two good possibilities? How could I make a choice that would leave some part of me devastated either way?”

As expected, she kept going back and forth between Aspen and Maxon — at one moment she wanted to be with Maxon so bad, the next she felt like Aspen was the only person who would understand her. You know, the usual stuff. What a typical love triangle and I could not be bothered to be invested on it. But to make matters worse, both guys seemed to be more selfish and unlikable in this installment. (Everyone was, honestly.) Maxon kept demanding from America and there were multiple times his behavior simply irritated me. Him juggling the other girls, while America was also too busy feeling conflicted to make a freaking decision about him or Aspen. Oh yeah, Aspen. He still pissed me off and he’d gotten more needy now but somehow he became more…bearable, I guess.

I continued this series because I thought it provided a light entertainment even if it was ridiculous at times. Oh, btw I found out Queen Amberly’s middle name. Station. *gasps* Can you believe it? If anything was more ridiculous than the names, it would be the history of Illea. Do you really expect me to believe THAT??

Now that I’ve finished book 2, I’m not sure anymore. I didn’t expect much from it, knowing the first book. I was actually hoping for a light and feel-good read, not some angst-ridden teenage soap opera. However, I surprisingly still came out of The Elite with my curiosity intact. I might give The One a chance, though I will definitely keep my expectations low.

 

14 Comments

    *sigh* ya I gave this the same rating. I’m still unsure on whether I want to read The One. I have a really bad feeling that the drama is somehow going to get worse *cringes*

    1. I’m actually unsure, but I want to know what happen D; and who America will end up with… I do believe that the never-ending drama will intensify… I just hope the characters will be less annoying…

  1. I’m hoping for more rebel action in The One, hopefully. I was annoyed too by America’s flipping back and forth between Aspen and Maxon. Most of the pages were devoted to render America’s indecisiveness and immaturity – ah the things she said and did, such a drama queen.

    1. ^Agreed to all what you said. There was barely anything rebel-related and I swear The Elite was 99.9% romance and drama.

  2. I think infuriating pretty much sums up the book haha! I’m pretty sure I said that in my review and most people say the same thing. I reckon The One will be the make or break of this series. America in The Elite is so different from The Selection. I just feel like her previous self took a flying leap out the window.

    1. Yep, I hope she’ll be better in the next installment! And she’d better make her decision quickly because honestly, I’m tired of here constantly going back and forth between those guys…

  3. After seeing how a lot of people felt about The Selection, I pretty much decided to ditch the series because I cannot put up with so much drama and love triangles are my nemeses. I am sorry this book was even worse than the first though :/

    Great Review, Kezia!!

    Rashika @ The Social Potato

    1. Haha, good decision! I guess you won’t like these books anyway.

  4. Aww hahaha. Sorry that you had to torture yourself through this book, Kezia! I read some early reviews on The Selection and decided not to buy it despite of the gorgeous covers. Well, now I’m glad I didn’t fall to temptation and bought it. 😉

    Wonderful review, Kezia! <3 Thanks for visiting my blog, and YAY for fellow Indonesian! *high fives* Would love to see more of your reviews in the future! 🙂

    1. Haha I guess I got tempted and fell for the deception? xD But look at the positive side. At least even though I don’t like the series, they will still look good on my shelf lol.

  5. Ohyes. America as one of the single most annoying heroines EVER. But seriously, I just wish she wasn’t so selfish and didn’t play both Aspen and Maxon the way she did! I mean, really? How does she expect to rule an entire nation if she says one thing and does the other (remember when she said she wanted to make a change because so many people were starving and she ended up throwing a lavish Halloween party?! Damn made me wanna rip my own hair out 🙁 ). Still reading book three though, because I want to know if there’s a chance for her to change. Not all hope is lost! Or so I hope. Soooo yeah, great review, Kezia! Ooh I missed commenting on here XD

    1. Preach it, Jasmine! xD I feel bad for both boys! I hope they would find a better girl but I also wanna know so badly who will end up with America! I just don’t like it when she acts all so kind and caring to the less fortunate people — somehow her actions don’t seem genuine for me :/

  6. You so hit this one on the head, Kezia.
    I gave The Elite three stars. Whilst it had its downfalls, I was able to overlook them because it was a fun read. Like watching one of those terribly bad reality TV shows. Addictive BECAUSE it’s so bad.
    But The Elite was all the downfalls, and none of the fun. I gave it two stars, as well. America was the most annoying MC throughout the entirety of the novel, and like you said most of the characters didn’t show and progression or growth and were even less developed than they were in the first book.
    I’ll probably read The One expecting it to be a one star read (3,2,1 – progressive down-rating?). Most of all, I just want to know which terribly romantic interest she chooses.

    1. Same! I’m still curious enough to pick up The One — I don’t expect it to be an amazing read but hopefully it will be better than this one.

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