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The Elite by Kiera Cass

April 3rd, 2013 by Debbie's World of Books

The Elite by Kiera Cass

Source: Received for review

Publication date: April 23, 2013

Publisher: HarperTeen

Series: The Selection #2

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Summary from 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.

I adored The Selection despite it being pretty much The Bachelor in a YA dystopian form and could not wait to get my hands on The Elite.  Unlike most of the people I’ve talked to I wasn’t blown away by The Elite.  The plot twists are interesting and the story is darker than the first book but it was America who got on my nerves.  I liked her in The Selection but there were moments where she was so self-involved and blind to the feelings of those around her that I wanted to strangle her.  For the most part her character is portrayed as someone who is always looking out for others and showing sympathy for those of lesser stations and perhaps that is what makes these particular scenes more irritating.  The main situation that made me want to scream at her was her waffling back and forth between Maxon and Aspen.  Both guys seem great and I can see why it would be tough to choose but then she gets upset when Maxon appears to show interest in someone else and when he tells her she needs to choose soon.  She actually gets angry that he gives her this “ultimatum” when she knew from the start he’s looking for his bride to be and it’s coming down to the wire.  The only reason he hasn’t made a choice is he’s waiting on her to finally make up her mind if she’s going to choose another guy over him.  Seems to me she has no real right to be upset that he would like her to choose soon.  Ok, rant over.

Despite those moments of irritation the story still sucked me in and I am dying to know who she will end up with.  I say it’s still a toss up as there are so many reasons why she could choose either Maxon or Aspen.  I think I am still leaning slightly towards Maxon but probably just because we don’t get to see as much of Aspen.  What about you?  Which side are you on?

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Dystopia, Romance, Young Adult

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