Tuesday, 14 May 2013
Review: The Elite by Kiera Cass
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.