Mon, March 25, 2013

The Elite by Kiera Cass Review

The Elite book cover

The Elite book cover

The Elite
By Kiera Cass
Publication date: April 23, 2013
HarperTeen, 336 pages
Source: Borrowed from a lovely friend

In America Singer’s world, a bride is chosen for the prince through an elaborate televised competition. In the second book of the Selection series, America is one of only six girls left in the running. But is it Prince Maxon—and life as the queen—she wants? Or is it Aspen, her first love?

— Goodreads.com description

Is it possible to hate every single character in a book?

And, furthermore, still like a book?

Apparently, yes.

Okay, I’m getting ahead of myself. If you recall, I really loved the first book in this series, The Selection. I got caught up in the story and could not put the book down. Sure, I got other readers’ complaints about the simplicity of it all and the lack of world-building. But I was enjoying myself, so I really didn’t care.

Same thing with The Elite, except replace “enjoying myself” with “was so mad at all the characters I didn’t have time to care.” LORD. These fools made some poor decisions! Team Aspen? Team Maxon? Team America? Who cares; they’re all idiots. But I can’t help myself…I love reading about them.

If you didn’t like book one, book two probably won’t change your mind. If you loved The Selection, like me, prepare for some serious Book Two Syndrome*, but know that I was still entertained and can’t wait to find out what happens next in this dramarama series.

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*AKA you know the author is going to do the exact opposite of what you want her to, but heck, that’s part of reading a trilogy so just roll with it, prepare to have your heart ripped out and pray it’ll all work out by book three.

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  1. DannyBookworm said:

    LOL… that bad and still that good? I love when books evoke such emotions, even if its hating the characters 🙂

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  2. Deena M. said:

    You know the characters have been brilliantly written when you hate them but can’t tear yourself away from their stories as well. <3

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  3. Christina Booktasty said:

    Okay. I am preparing myself for an frustratingly enjoyable read *sturdies herself* bc I also enjoyed he first book despite its issues. 🙂 Thanks
    for your honest thoughts!

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  4. Janita @ Book, Interrupted said:

    Ugh NOOOO!!! I hate love triangle dramas. All I want is for American and Maxon to be together. Is that too much to ask? Why must authors torture us so?

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  5. Tara said:

    LOL “they’re all idiots.” LOVE IT.

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  6. YA Book Queen said:

    Hate the characters but still like the book? How strange! At least you still enjoyed it, despite the silly characters. I keep debating about whether or not I should check out the first book…I’ll have to see if my library has it.

    Interesting review! 🙂

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  7. April Books & Wine said:

    Ahahaha I cannot wait to read The Elite now that I know what to expect!

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  8. kay @ Infinite Curio said:

    Ha! I guess I probably should pass on book 2 then. I didn’t really like the first, but I did find it entertaining. Maybe I can borrow it instead!

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  9. Kelly said:

    Team Aspen? Team Maxon? Team America? Who cares; they’re all idiots. But I can’t help myself…I love reading about them.

    Oh man, I have such a love/hate relationship with these types of books! I definitely have to be in the right frame of mind to read them. While I really enjoyed The Selection (despite obvious flaws), I think I’m going to hold off on The Elite, until I’m in the proper mood for it.

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  10. Mrs. Heise said:

    Yes. To all of that. “They’re all idiots. But I can’t help myself.” I completely agree!

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  11. Lauren said:

    Sad. I really just wanted her to be with Maxon. Preparing myself for some serious frustration. Lame. Why can’t we just get what we want?? 🙂

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  12. sara said:

    well there wouldn’t be a book three if we all got what we wanted.. :))

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  13. Rebecca Lockhart said:

    I agree completely! The characters infuriated me in this book! After The Selection, I was on Team Maxon all the way and now I am on Team Nobody. I still really want her to be with Maxon, just the Maxon from The Selection. He changed so much in The Elite and I hated it! I really hope that The One picks the amazing romance back up that I fell in love with in The Selection.

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  14. S.Huston said:

    Oh dear me, I plan on reading this but now you have me thinking maybe I should wait for the third book!! I will probably still torture myself and read it anywas..

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