Book Review

The Elite

The Elite

  • Author: Kiera Cass
  • Genre: YA Romance/Dystopia
  • Publication Date: April 23, 2013
  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • Series: The Selection #2

CONTENT WARNING: torture, blood

Rating: 3 out of 5.

The selection began with 35 girls. Now, with the group narrowed down to 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.

This was another quick read, and the audiobook made it go even faster. Amy Rubinate was a great narrator, and I think she conveyed America’s indecisive and rash nature really well.

However, America’s character was so frustrating for a lot of the book. While she overanalyzes everything, she completely fails to actually analyze her own feelings for Maxon and Aspen. Instead, she just strings both of them along without any kind of resolution in sight. In addition, she gets increasingly jealous of Maxon spending any amount of time with the other girls in the selection, although she hasn’t really made any effort to let him know how she feels. It irked me to no end how she just expected Maxon to understand how she felt even though she held off on explicitly telling him how she felt … and honestly? Maxon isn’t exactly the most insightful person when it comes to reading how other people feel about him. 

As far as Maxon, the poor guy seems like he’s doing everything he can to show her how he feels. He goes out of his way to do kind things for her and show her who he really is, and America is so blinded by her preconceived expectations that she fails to notice this the vast majority of the time. Instead, whenever things don’t go her way, she rushes back to Aspen, who is just waiting around for her. I kind of just wished that she’d make up her mind instead of waffling. 

I’m still on board the America-Maxon bus, even though America seems to be doing everything she can to set up roadblocks to ensure that it won’t happen so that she won’t actually have to make a decision and can thus absolve herself of any blame for how her life turns out. 

The pace was fairly quick, although I wasn’t happy with where it ended. Naturally, the audiobook wasn’t available and I have to wait to get the next book to find out what happens next. This has become a guilty pleasure — it’s a series that I’m not necessarily loving, but just can’t walk away from. 

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