Monday, May 20, 2013

The Elite (The Selection #2) by Kiera Cass

The EliteKiera Cass – Kiera Cass

Harper Teen

336 pages

The hotly-anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller The Selection.


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 have very good memories of the first book. I loved it because of his cute love story because of his good way to enter in this world. But now, we don't have the advantage of discovering a story; on the contrary, I begin with little expectations. So, my relation with this book is completely different compared to The Selection. No very bad, but not very great either.

The first thing that I can say is a problem named America. She is so weak in this book, I didn't understand her at all! She has reaction and thoughts that made me mad. In the first opus, I loved her because of her temper, but now, every good side of her is vanished. It the most bad point of this book! Because of her reaction, she prevents a lot of good thing to happen. Briefly, in this opus, America is boring and a little bit (no offense!) bitchy. I can easily generalize this boring-temper to every character in this opus! Everybody has pissed me. I don't know if it was me or the author, but I was just really mad of this character who can't choose.

Negatve points expressed, I can pass to the good one. Action and plot is there. You can't be boring about it! There is action in a very good tempo, so we can't see the time pass, and it is awesome. Despite his 336 pages, The Elite can read very rapidly and I think that it is a very good way to love this book during his reading. If it was long, I couldn't bear America and every other characters. I hope that everybody will have to recover a good temper for the book 3. If not, I will be crazy.

Despite this problem with America, I can say, objectively that this book serves to explain a very good point in this story which was blurred in the first opus. So, in this book we discover the politic in Illea! It is just sooo intriguing to discover the background of this monarchy. The thing I discover is just amazing, I hope that (again) the book 3 will insist on this point.

Love Intrigue. I think that Kiera Cass has done too much in this point. It is so shocking to have this type of relationship, I didn't take care of this during my reading, but after I realize that it is strange and weird and unrealistic. Briefly, I hope better for the third. Even the romance is replaced to love affair which break everybody's heart.

Tension is here! Every girl in the Elite is friendly outwardly and "contest beast" in their interior. So, you will see that the naivety of the first book is over and the time is to competition! I understand that and it is better for the plot.

The end of this story (spoiler free, don't worry!) is just full of hopes for the sequel and the end of this trilogy. I hope that America learned lesson of this all story passed during this opus. If not, I will kill her and continue without her!

If I said cute for the first, this second opus is mainly stressful, hopeless and informative. I prefer the first, but we couldn't do without this opus, which is bad for our nerves and good for the plot.

“ What would it be like to simply love Maxon ? ”

Serious. Annoying. Stressful.

Love, a complicate feeling.

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