Book Reviews

35 girls started and now six remain. It’s The Selection: The Elite

Book title: The Selection: The Elite
Author: Kiera Cass
Genre: Dystopian, Fantasy
Target audience: YA

You know that you’ve found something amazing, and you want to hold on to it forever; and every second after you have it, you fear the moment you might lose it.

Well since I read the Selection I almost feel like a tug to America (Still think its a terrible name) and her predicament. I am not in anyway sympathetic or feel empathy to her situation because I could never see myself there but there is certainly something there for her and it’s perhaps the fact that she’s missing her family as I rarely get to see mine.

The Elite (The Selection, #2)America Singer is one of THE ELITE and Prince Maxon only has eyes for her.

If she wins the competition for his heart, she will leave her pre-destined life for a world of luxury. But the outcome is less than certain: the threat of rebel violence just beyond the palace walls is escalating into war ad bitter rivals are ready to take her down.

And as America’s feelings for Maxon grow stronger, ex-lover Aspen waits for her in the shadows. Where do her loyalties truly lie?

So Prince Maxon has narrowed down his selection to six girls (The Elite). We now have America, Kriss, Celeste, Elise, Natalie, and Marlee. Maxon still has to narrow down his choices and has to meet the girls’ families and so he takes an idea from America and throws  Halloween ball which hasn’t been heard of for years. Maxon meets America’s parents and gets on well with America’s dad (good job Maxon), and her parents and sister like him too.

After the ball, it all comes unraveled for Marlee as it has been discovered that she has been having a secret affair with America is visibly upset and tried to stop this happening and was viewed by the country. Due to her thinking, she is angry that Maxon didn’t stop the caning that she starts having doubts about her feelings for him.

This goes on through several chapters and eventually, the Elite must give a presentation on what project they would concentrate on if they were to become the queen and it will be broadcast on The Report. America comes up and presents the idea that there should be no castes. By doing this she makes herself an enemy of King Clarkson who demands that she returns to her family.

As there is a book three it became pretty obvious that America wasn’t going anywhere.

I do enjoy the characters in this series and I love the way they react to different scenarios from run-ins with the rebels to America shocking the nation again and again. I was shocked by Marlee’s set of circumstances. It definitely threw me for a loop. I did love America’s reaction to it though. To me, it shows how human she is and how much this situation affects the people of her world. The people in the lower castes see this as entertainment but this is peoples lives are being affected by this entertainment (can you tell I don’t watch reality TV).

It’s nice to see more of the personalities of the remaining girls and how each one work especially during the part where the girls had to plan an event for different Royal families.

In addition, I’m finally glad we start to see why the palace is being attacked and why now more than ever. It annoyed me in the other book that they were being attacked and why didn’t really have a reason as to why.

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