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The Elite: A Chick Lit Wednesday Review

The Elite by Kiera CassThirty-five girls came to the Palace to compete in the Selection to win Prince Maxon’s heart (and a place beside him on the throne ruling Illea).

Six remain–having earned newer castes as Threes and still with a chance at becoming the one.

When America Singer first arrived at the palace she thought her choice was obvious: get thrown out, go home, marry her childhood sweetheart Aspen.

After being in the palace and getting to know Maxon, America isn’t so sure. She cares for Maxon, but is she really what Illea needs in their future queen? Can America become as fiercely competitive as the other girls? Does she even want to when a future with Aspen is still possible?

Rebel attacks are becoming more frequent. Within the palace, America is learning uncomfortable truths about what it means to be a monarch and how her country came to be formed. Things are changing but America isn’t still sure what that means for herself or her country.

Everything America wants seems to be within her grasp–provided she can make a choice before the decision is made for her in The Elite (2013) by Kiera Cass.

The Elite is the second book in Cass’ Selection trilogy. It is preceded by The Selection.

The Elite is another fast-paced, marvelous addition to the Selection series. With the parameters of the competition (and the world) established in book one, Cass spends more time here on the characters. While America’s wavering and doubting was frustrating it did feel realistic.

It’s still hard to classify the series but The Elite makes it easier to assert that the story is, in fact, a Dystopia with some other interesting elements thrown in such as the added dimension of world building as America learns more about the history of the country. Illea has a messy, sinister past and a lot of secrets. Yet this isn’t a story about a character intentionally trying to tear it all down or discover the truth or start a revolution. Even though, in some ways, that is exactly what America ends up doing. It feels very natural and very authentic and makes for a great story.

Being a middle book in a trilogy, some things are left unresolved. That said, The Elite is an excellent story with just the right amount of summary of past events and new information. This book is a great continuation of America’s story and also the promise of even better things to come in the conclusion to this series.

Possible Pairings: Crewel by Gennifer Albin, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, Wither by Lauren DeStefano, The Jewel by Amy Ewing, Princess Academy by Shannon Hale, Legend by Marie Lu, Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Divergent by Veronica Roth

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One thought on “The Elite: A Chick Lit Wednesday Review

  1. I think this would be a great book, rather trilogy, for our book club! Thank you for the post and review, I’m meeting with my club on Saturday so I will suggest it! We are finishing “Secrets of a Spiritual Guru” by Tamara Lee Dorris, http://tamaradorris.net/. It was a great book and I would definitely recommend it. Thank you again for this suggestion, I’m very excited now!

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