Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Review: The Elite by Kiera Cass

Title: The Elite
Author: Kiera Cass
Author Info: Website|Blog|Twitter
Genre: Dystopia
Series: The Selection #2
Source: Publisher
Publication Date: 23rd April 2013

Tell Me About It
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.

My Thoughts
The Elite has been on my to-read list since I finished reading The Selection so I was super excited to finally get my copy in the post.  The Elite picks up where The Selection left off, America is still one of the few remaining girls left in The Selection, now known as The Elite, however the competition is far from over and to make matters worse she is still torn between Aspen and Maxon.

Now that we are down to The Elite we get to see the other girls personalities come out more, both for better and worse.  The sneakier girls are more ruthless and scheming, while others are trying to build friendships and find someone who they can trust.  Not only are the girls fighting each other, they have to contend with the attacks on the palace from rebels from both sides.

In The Elite America does some risky things and some idiotic things, but by doing these she seems more realistic to me.  If you have a fight with the person you care about, you are bound to retaliate one way or another, and America does just that, although doing it in front of the TV cameras wasn't one of her most sensible ideas.  This is one of the main reasons that causes friction between America, Maxon and the King, but also reveals a secret that Maxon has been hiding.

I demolished The Elite in one sitting in a few hours.  The Elite is less dressing up and parading in front of the cameras looking nice, it starts to get to the real things that make a Queen, learning the ins and outs of what they do, planning parties to host other countries, and even being strong when you just want to sit and cry.  The Elite brings out the fighter in some girls, and also shows who are the weak ones of the group.  It also shows me that it is possible to detest a character even more than I originally did.

Kiera Cass has once again drew me into the world she has created.  I was so engrossed I didn't even realise I was coming to the end of the book, only to discover there wasn't another page for me to turn. Now its just the unbelievably long wait for the next instalment to find out what happens next.

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