How did I get it?:
I bought it.
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?
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?:
The Light Between Oceans- M.L Stedman