Friday, December 6, 2013

The Elite


The Elite (The Selection, #2)
Today’s post is on The Elite by Kiera Cass. It is the second in the Selection series and is 323 pages long. It is published by Harper Teen. The cover has the main character in a red dress with ribbons on it looking over her shoulder just past the reader. There is no sex, some language, and some violence but nothing that was not in the first volume. It is told from the first person point of view of the main character America. The intended reader is young adult but if you read the first one and enjoyed it then you should like this one too. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the dust jacket- The Selection began with 35 girls. Now, with the group narrowed down the Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s love is fiercer than ever. The closer America gets to the crown, the more she struggles to figure out where her heart truly lies. Each moment she spends with Maxon is like a fairy tale, filled with breathless, glittering romance. But whenever she sees her first love, Aspen, standing guard, she’s swept up in longing for the life they’d planned to share.
America is desperate for more time. But while she’s torn between her two futures, the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want- and America’s chance to choose is about to slip away.

Review- This was slow for me to get back into. I do not why but I had to get about halfway through the book before I started liking it again. There is not much character growth but that is okay because the novel picks up right where The Selection left off. Where there is character development is in the secondary characters like the King and Queen. We get history of how the US became the kingdom of Illea. I liked the world building that Cass has in it. But I did not like that Cass started playing the game of misunderstandings with America and Maxon because I still like Maxon more than Aspen. So much of the plot is tied up in the things unsaid and misunderstood between America and Maxon. That is something that annoys me in books, TV, and movies. If that did not happen in the book I would like it more but as it is not a bad second book but nowhere as good as the first novel.

I give this one a Three stars out of Five. I get nothing for my review and I borrowed this book from my local library.