The Elite

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How did I get it?:
I bought it.

Synopsis:

The Selection gets fierce as rivals stake their claim on the prince. Six girls, one life-changing prize…

America Singer will leave her pre-destined life for a world of glamour and luxury, if she wins…

But surviving The Selection is tough. Rivals are battling to become Prince Maxon’s bride as the threat of rebel violence just beyond the palace walls escalates into war.

Only six girls are left and sworn friendships are tested to breaking point. America’s feelings for Maxon grow stronger, but she suspects darker mysteries in his royal past. With ex-lover Aspen waiting for her in the shadows, where do her loyalties truly lie?

Thoughts:

I wasn’t completely blown away by The Selection, but I thought it was a decent enough read to carry on with the rest of the series. I think my biggest issue with this series is that it’s trying to be dystopian when it’s really not. It’s more romance/Young adult led.  It seems far too relationship based to be a dystopian read. However, both The Selection and The Elite are so easy to read and I finished them within a day so Kiera Cass is definitely doing something right!

The Elite’s action picks up shortly after the end of The Selection. There are now six girls remaining one of which will become Prince Maxon’s bride. America is still torn between two men, the Prince and her ex boyfriend Aspen. She’s not sure whether she’s princess material, or whether she wants to remain in the Capital and carry out actions she doesn’t believe in. The rebel forces attacks continue which unnerves her. People close to her are slipping away. America is also no longer Maxon’s favourite as he choses another girl to spend a lot of time with.

I found myself becoming incredibly frustrated with America in this book. Her indecisiveness between her two love interests becomes grating. Of course, I’m not the targeted age range being a bit older than Young Adult, so this has to be taken into account. Maybe those younger than me would thrive on America’s struggles between the guys, or perhaps they’d just be as frustrated.. It seems like every single time she had made a decision to choose one guy, a conversation with the other would sway her mind. I thought America was incredibly fickle, but then I had to remember she’s 17. I wouldn’t say every 17 year old is fickle, but I think we can let America off because of her age.

I think with the next book I’d like to see it become more dystopian. There’s so much scope to discover with the rebel attacks, it just seems like a wasted opportunity. Perhaps this is to come with The One? But given the title I’m not so sure.

The Elite is an easy Summer read, which isn’t too deep, but it satisfies a couple of hours. It hasn’t made much of an impact on me, but I’ll be interested to see where Kiera is going to go next with The One.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Reading next:

The Light Between Oceans- M.L Stedman

12 thoughts on “The Elite

  1. So you didn’t hate it…that’s good. lol. Most ppl I know who have read them (OK I might have forced a few ppl to read them) thought they were pretty awful, but I love them. I do feel a bit wrong for saying it out loud though. Proper guilty pleasure!

    I kinda like the fact that it’s the dystopian element is in the background and that it’s so character-led…but even as I’m typing this, I don’t know why I love it which is probably why I haven’t posted anything about them yet.

    Oh let’s just face it. I love Maxon don’t I!? Sigh!

    🙂

    • No, I don’t hate The Selection or The Elite, but I think that’s because I went into reading them with low expectations as I’d heard really negative things about it. I do think they’re a guilty pleasure read.

      I wish I’d read them with the mindset of the dystopian element being in the background, but instead it annoyed me, I was waiting for the dystopian edge to kick in and it never did.

      Yes, you’re in love with Maxon. Completely and truly. There’s no hope for you 😉

  2. Yes. Agreed. Once I got my head around that this wasn’t a dystopian, merely a love triangle, I enjoyed it. But I agree, The One will have to deliver a great deal more to lift this series from a ho-hum to something worthwhile.

    • I wish I’d read The Elite with that mind-set. I’ll attempt it for The One, but I do think, like you, it really needs to pull something out of the bag to make me go ‘Wow!’

  3. Part of me wants to read The Elite but given how often I almost threw The Selection against the wall best not.
    I just never believed this series was meant as dystopian, I felt like the author (or agent) decided it’s the genre that’s selling right now so lets force this story into that genre.

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