Monday, May 6, 2013

The Elite by Kiera Cass

Title: The Elite
Author: Kiera Cass
Pages: 323
Genre: YA Dystopic/ YA Romance
Age: 13+
Review Rating: 3/4

Synopsis:

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.


Review:


Another start at 8pm and stay up to finish reading until 2am book. I need to stop starting a new book at 8pm. It's become detrimental for my health. Ah! But once I started this book, I had to know how it ended. It was wonderful!

I want to start with the things I loved about the book. Cass does an amazing job with the world she's created. I really believe the cast system she has created and the struggle that America has with wanting to help her friends and family from the lower casts. Because of the way it was done, I could really see a future of America becoming a cast system. Also the relationship between America and the other girls was done beautifully. Their desire to be friends, while also being in a competition was very evident. I can't imagine what that would be like, having to play nice with the same girls that are going for your boyfriend. It would suck! Maxom has quickly become my favorite character in the series. He has been totally consistent in his dealing with America and has grown from book one into someone that is almost ready to rule.

As much as I loved the book, there were a few things about it that bothered me. First was America's attitude toward Maxom and his dealing with the other girls. Through the whole thing she gets angry because Maxom is spending time with the other girls, but come on. They are all in a competition, and he HAS to spend time with the other girls. He isn't free to just spend all his time with her. She acts very immature, questioning everything Maxom is doing, and never giving he the benefit of the doubt. Also Aspen almost seems to be there only to cause problems emotionally for America, not to do much. The Queen was another that bothered me. She is there, watching everything that is happening, but she never seemed to have a mind of her own, giving any kind of advice or council for any of the girls. Things happen in this novel that would have been a great moment to give the Queen a real character, but the road was never taken, leaving the Queen one dimentional.

That being said, it still has been one of my favorite series right now and I will be waiting with bated breath for the next book!!!

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