Review: The Elite by Kiera Cass
Published April 23rd 2013 by HarperTeen
We are introduced to America and the strict caste society she lives in in The Selection. She joins the contest in becoming Prince Maxon’s wife, and makes it to the last six contestants. But now Aspen, her childhood flame, is a soldier in the palace, her love life is suddenly a lot more complicated.
Where The Selection was light-hearted fun, The Elite is a bit heavier reading. At the start of the first book Maxon and America are friends, until they grow into something more by the end of it. Now America is a huge mess, and the entirity of The Elite is marked by her confusion. One moment all she wants in life is to be a queen with Maxon – the other she wants to marry Aspen and go back to how things were, only now they might be a bit better with both their elevated statuses.
Many people don’t enjoy The Elite because America tends to forget the other half of the love triangle constantly. When she’s with Aspen, she forgets she has feelings for Maxon. When kissing Maxon, Aspen is the last thing on her mind. I feel quite ambivalent about this. Of course she wouldn’t think of the other, because if she did, she would soon go crazy and pick neither of them. And since we are nearing The One in which she will have to make a choice…
Kiera Cass writes in an incredibly readable way, and fills her books with nice secondary characters you would love to be friends with, and enemies you love to hate. A few minor inconsistencies aside, The Elite continues in the same vain as The Selection. I find these books very addictive light reading, and I’m enjoying binge reading them. Bring it on, The One!
The Selection began with thirty-five girls. Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?
America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want—and America’s chance to choose is about to slip away.
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