Title: The Elite
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: Selection Series
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Source: Online Read
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.
MY TAKE ON THE ELITE:
Before I write anything, I would like to tell you that I have a habit of reading the book completely- until and unless I fall sick reading it. I don’t give up the books just like that because I know that how much hard-work is put in to write them. At least, I can proudly say that this book didn’t make me sick…
Irritated? Yes!!! Mad? Yes!!! Sick? No!!… And because of this very reason, I give it One Dragon 🙂
In defense of the book, I can say- the cover was again very attractive; it has many events and the speed of the story is better than the first book. But, That is all what I can say in favor of this book.
I started reading the book with a hope to know more details of the plot and closing of the loopholes found in the first part. But, I ended up reading it, mainly, to amuse myself with all the goof ups. Without further ado, let me discuss the questionable areas in the book. I will discuss only the main ones. Please remember, these are just my personal opinions:
- Illea is present USA. In this book we came to know that this huge country was named after a wealthy man. I do not recall any mentions of his warrior life to free the country. But I could deduce one thing and it was that the whole of USA was named after a man who had enough wealth to celebrate Halloween. This man became the First King of Illea, who was himself known as King Illea… Wow!!! The point I want to make is that, as a reader I am unable to find enough clues to understand the reason of the country being named after a person. Was it his bravery? Was it his immense knowledge? Was it his political expertise? If books are in series… shouldn’t the reader be made aware of the whole idea? The diary of Gregory Illea is discussed every now and then, but what Illea did hasn’t been dealt with properly.
- “Your Majesty,” he said with a bow. “Sorry to intrude, sir, but it’s really unwise to stay out this late for so long. The rebels could— Ah… the rebels. Their frequency of attacking is mind-blowing. Not only that, the defence mechanism of the King of Illea is just incomparable. The moment anything happens he runs to pull metal shades of the windows. Impressive!!All the attacks are so well planned that the rebels come inside the palace, every single time. And the king just has only the palace guards at his disposal every single time.I mean is this the future??? Is this story based in the time after Fourth world war or after the First civilizations? Where the hell are armies, tanks, helicopters, jet fighters???If for a moment, I accept that it’s based in a dystopian era [which I really doubt] then how come it can be so imbalanced? As such there are newspapers and the royal news channel is always aired, but they can’t have a single satellite which can trace the rebel camps or activities. They have aeroplanes, televisions, phones, radios, cameras and even one computer [rolling my eyes and banging my head] but the technology is zero when it comes to defend the palace!!!
Ruling such a huge country and not having enough resources to get warning of the attacks beforehand- it is just unbelievable. They only come to know about the attack when the rebels are inside the palace and the guards are shouting or alarm bells are ringing. Great!!
- America Singer is now the Elite. She wants Prince to give her time to decide… She wants to stay in the competition… She doesn’t want the Prince to spend much time with other candidates… She wants to have all secret parties with Aspen. Aarrrggghhh!!Actually she just wants the readers to pull their hairs and drive themselves mad!!! What kind of confused girl is she? I still could have adjusted with the confusion if the author had worked more in providing logical reasoning to this love dilemma. But no… Kiera couldn’t go further than dialogues like-‘Could I confess that while my feelings for Maxon went deep—deeper than I knew, apparently—there was someone else I couldn’t let go of?’Why couldn’t she let go of that someone or why couldn’t she decide if she knew that feelings were deeper than she herself knew? Oh god! Is this sentence even making sense?To many of you I may sound dry but hey! I would anytime choose to be a dry, sensible person than a foolish, confused romantic.
- And then there is Aspen. I don’t feel like talking about this guy. If I think as per the plot- I should say this to him, “Hey Aspen, Ain’t you the guy who used to be Six and whose family had to really work hard to make two ends meet. You became Two the moment you joined the palace guards. But does it even occur to you that you can straightaway become Eight, if you are caught in an act with America. Where is your sacrifice, which you had shown when you broke up with her in the first place? At that time you wanted her to have much more than you could offer. So now, what happened? Selfishness overtook sacrifice hmm? Or was your ego bruised when you saw America with Maxon?”I couldn’t connect with this character at all. I was unable to understand the motives behind his actions or his feelings for America. And I won’t even go into the loyalty part. The way he sneaks America under the nose of Prince Maxon, his future king, to have quality time, speaks about his loyalty to both – America and his country. Doesn’t he understand that how severe punishment America can get if she is caught with him. I would not be surprised if Aspen is found to be one of the rebels in the next book.
This is not the end my friends… There are many more – such book throwing, hair pulling, eye rolling moments in the whole book… but I will stop ranting about them as I want you all to read and find out those mammoth size gaps. Happy Hunting 😉
All in all, this series is turning out to be really funny. I am waiting for the third book and wondering what other ways can the third book make me go ROFL…