May 25, 2014

Book Review | The Elite (The Selection #2) by Kiera Cass

The Elite

Author: Kiera Cass
Published: April 23, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen

The Elite was supposed to be composed of 10 girls, but with the continuous rebel attacks in the palace, Maxon was forced to narrow it down to six. Moreover, Maxon is still not yet giving up when it comes to winning America's heart.

America didn't realized that the competition was deeper than what she's imagined, and that staying in has higher risks with all the attacks happening from both the Northern and Southern rebels. Time is running out, will she be able to risk the friendship that she and Aspen has, in order to be with Maxon?

I really don't know what to think of America after reading this sequel. She cannot decide which guy will she choose, though it was obvious that she fell out of love with Aspen, it's just that she can't bear the thought of not having him by her side. Moreover, her love for Maxon was completely out in sight when she's becoming jealous of the other girls, even though Maxon assures her that his heart belongs to her. Even so, America kept on having a romantic rendezvous with Aspen through out the course of the book. Perhaps this is her way of showing that she's giving Aspen a chance, but it is crystal clear that she no longer loves Aspen like before, and the reason why she can't choose is because she's afraid to lose him. 

On the other hand, I applauded America for her bravery during the attacks, for the guts to stand up against the king's wishes and for trying to demolish the caste system in their society. Throughout the course of The Selection and The Elite, we saw how America changes, how she became stronger mentally and emotionally, and that she hasn't lost herself fully whilst staying in the castle.

Maxon is ever so gentle and kind and responsible, the almost-perfect man that he is. Like always, his words of endearments will swoon you. A part of his past was revealed in the novel, which is good because ever since the Selection started, all I saw was the goodness in him, as we know nothing behind the closed doors of the palace when he was a child. I admire him that even though he's heart belongs to America and he's willing to wait for her, he still gave the other girls a chance to prove themselves, a back-up plan just in case America chose Aspen over him.

Moreover, we get to see more of Officer Leger this time around, as he take America on several romantic rendezvous, even though he knows that it's risky, and is punishable by death. Aspen in too smart to be just a guard, and I hope that in the future, he'll be able to climb through the ranks in the military. He also fills in America of news about the rebels and what's happening outside the palace gates. He might not be able to give everything that America wants, but those small things that he did back when he was still a Six and America was still a Five, counts the most.

The Elite is an intense read as we get to know more about Gregory Illea, the intentions of the rebels, and a whole lot of feels. Bubbling questions would surely rise up from your thoughts, and hopefully it would be all answered in the last installment in the series.

1 comment:

  1. Meh, I didn't really like this book but I'm glad you did. Great review!