Review: The Elite by Kiera Cass

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Why I chose this book: This is the second book in Cass’ Selection series, and I while I wasn’t completely thrilled with the first novel, I was going to give the sequel a chance. Occasionally it takes a series to build up steam, yes? Sadly, in this case, there was nary a trace of steam building to be found. Despite this, I am a sucker for pretty dresses, and catty girls being, well, catty. So I figured I would give this book a try. 

The Elite by Kiera Cass  
Publisher: Harper Teen 
Publish Date: April 23, 2013
Format: Kindle
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Dystopian
Buy: B&N || Amazon || Indiebound 

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. (Goodreads)

Three Things you need to know about this book:

1. This is not a dystopian novel like the jacket cover suggests. While the synopsis leads you to think that this book is full of dystopian mischief and intrigue, do not get your hopes up. This is a book written completely around a love triangle. A LOVE TRIANGLE. If you read my last review, you know how I feel about this continuous issue seen in young adult literature. America’s “I don’t need a man” attitude seen in the first novel is completely gone by page twenty. In place of it is a indecisive girl who changes her mind regarding who she loves faster than I could swipe the pages on my kindle. 

2. Character development that actually goes backwards. While one would expect America to grow into a stronger character, she actually regresses. At times, America is a brat, behaving rashly and not thinking of the consequences. I suppose I would be a character that would act out irrationally when I was under the control of an author who knew no other adjectives besides the word “wonderful”. America spends the novel debating whether she has what it takes to be a princess, yet tries to rebel for the sake of rebellion. 

3. Anti-feminist. Le sigh. I am super disappointed at the end of this novel. I wanted to desperately for America to turn into this strong independent character. Yet by the end of the novel, she falls in line with the rest of the women in the competition. She feels unworthy of a man’s love and chooses to fight for him in order to save the day. Girl. Stop. No. Just Stop. No girl should have no fight for a man’s love, much less prove yourself worthy. By the end of the novel I felt sick reading it. What is this telling our younger readers? How is this encouraging them to cultivate positive relationships? 

Final Thoughts:
While I finished this book less than a week ago, I struggled writing a review over it. Why? I could barely remember a single thing that happened in the novel. Looking back, there isn’t much plot to write about. Despite this, the series is one that has a huge fan base. Like Stephanie Meyer, Kiera Cass knows how to write books that sell. 

I gave this book two stars on Goodreads.

1 comment:

  1. I've seen so many less-than-positive reviews for this book, and many include the same complaints as you did. I'm not sure who, exactly, is reading and loving this book and making it so popular!


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