July 20, 2013

The Elite by Kiera Cass

Title: The Elite
Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publish date: April 23, 2013
Genre: YA, Dystopian, Romance
Pages: 323
Rating: 3/5 Stars

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.

I was actually pretty disappointed with the way this turned out.

It wasn't a bad book, and it wasn't a good book either. It hovered more along the lines of okay. This was an okay book.

Bad News First:

The characters were sort of bland, and America infuriated me. She went on an on about how she was never going to be able to choose between Maxon and Aspen. There was no climax whatsoever. The book was a flat, straight line all the way across. Nothing too interesting. And the ending barely even made sense. *spoiler alert* first of all, when the rebels came and Maxon and America were in the safe room, Maxon was going on about how it's never going to work between them, and America kept nodding her head understandably. I was wondering where it even came from. Nothing that serious had gone on to warrant that. It was the same thing the entire time. America is just a really insensitive person. Apparently Maxon hadn't realized that until just then. And then when America says her final goodbyes, and is walking out the door, Maxon rushes up and tells her he found a way for her to stay, even though technically he hadn't forgiven her for the whole situation involving the book and her trust and hadn't even seemed to want her to stay.

And let's not even get into the situation with Aspen. America completely forgave him for everything he'd ever done and keeps seeing him behind Maxon's back, even after the whole situation with Marlee and Carter. She doesn't even question her morals while doing it, or the fact that it might be wrong.

Good News:

The book was an easy read. The descriptions were short and sweet, and the dialogue was pretty steady and well-written.

The letters from America’s dad and sections of the journal were extremely well-written, and I could definitely hear the voices of the characters through them. Cass is an excellent letter-writer.

The one part that I was really touched by in this book was when Marlee and Carter were caught together and America--and the rest of the country--was forced to watch as they were both caned. I was definitely crying. It was written in such a way that anyone, whether they hated or loved the book, would be touched--and upset for Marlee and Carter--by.

That's all I can really say. I'll be reading the final one when it comes out, and I hope it's better than this one, because I enjoyed the first very much.


  1. I've heard a few mixed review on The Elite, and nothing but amazing reviews on The Selection.Have you read the prequel yet? Maybe you should give that one a try!

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    1. I read The Selection and loved it so much, which was why I was slightly disappointed with the way The Elite turned out. It's still worth reading, though. :)