Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: April 23rd 2013
Genre: Dystopian Fantasy
Source: Won ARC
Challenge(s): Sequels, Dystopia
The Selection was the book everyone was talking about in 2012. I mean, who can resist a poofy dress and some drama? I certainly couldn’t. And so I read it, despite some of the controversy surrounding it. I came out loving it to pieces! And then I had the good luck of having an ARC of The Elite appear in front of me. But would I love it as much as the first?
Where do I begin? The Elite was just as fun as the last one, but with a new maturity to it. There’s still plenty of the silliness and drama, but the plot is thickening. Things have been narrowed down, the stakes have been raised, and soon the final decision will be made.
I loved the way the competition was progressing. With it narrowed down to only The Elite, the girls have more responsibilities placed on them, in the form of reality-show style challenges that reminded me of shows like The Apprentice and Design Star (I don’t know how intentional that was, but it was super funny!) We also got to see how the girls act with one another, knowing that if they aren’t careful, they’ll be picked out!
And now…the boys.
Let’s start with Aspen. He’s kind of a jerk. And he’s back in the picture. A strange coincident landed him as a castle guard, and so he and America are running into each other quite frequently, leading America to reevaluate her feelings for him. But he hasn’t changed at all. He’s still a jerk!
I’m kind of conflicted when it comes to Maxon. I loved him even more than I did in the Selection and then he did some things that didn’t sit well with me. Or America, for that matter. These were the brief moments when America wanted to go back with him, and I almost agreed with her. But then he went back to being all amazing and I’d forgive him for everything. By the end I was swooning like crazy over him.
America is a difficult character. She's very independent and strong-willed which I admire, but she also doesn't think things through and is indecisive, which can be very irritating. She also seemed to be pushing people away from herself, which really affected her relationships in the book. In the end I think I really liked her, though.
The writing was a vast improvement to that in The Selection, which made for an overall more enjoyable experience. Kiera is definitely an author I look forward to reading much more of (especially if Maxon is involved).