|AUTHOR: Kiera Cass|
SERIES: The Selection, book 2
PUBLICATION DATE: April 23, 2013
SOURCE: publisher's ARC
GIVE IT TO: MS, HS
REVIEW: I mostly enjoyed The Elite, but for me, it doesn't have the "wow" factor that I experienced with The Selection. Chalk it up to overly-high expections, probably, but I came away feeling underwhelmed and more than a little irritated with America. Make up your mind, woman! America vacillates from Maxon to Aspen and back and forth a hundred times by the end of the book. It's just exhausting.
I did enjoy the political unrest quite well, especially America's little trick toward the end. I liked getting to know a bit more about the king and the previous ruler, Gregory Illea.
While it took about 100 pages for me to get into the story, it was mostly fast-paced. I would have liked to see more action, however. Taken as a whole, very little actually happens save a few major scenes. And a lot of thoughts/discussions about America's feelings toward Maxon or Aspen. Zzzz.
My big question with this book/series--WHAT is the genre? It's in the future, which would seem sci-fi, yet there are no high-tech gadgets or flying machines or trips to another planet. There is no time travel and no world-wide disaster. No major medical advancements or plagues. With the regency, big poufy dresses, and antiquated gender roles, this feels more like a princess story than sci-fi. Romance would maybe work, but I typically classify pure romance as something more contemporary. Any ideas on that?
THE BOTTOM LINE: While I'm underwhelmed and annoyed with America's incessant indecision, I mostly enjoyed The Elite. I definitely plan to read the final installment, The One, out sometime in 2014.
STATUS IN MY LIBRARY: Six copies on order. I have lots and lots (and lots!) of students eagerly anticipating the arrival.
READALIKES: Under the Never Sky (Rossi), Wither (DeStefano)
- Overall: 3/5
- Creativity: 5/5
- Characters: 3/5
- Engrossing: 3/5
- Writing: 4/5
- Appeal to teens: 5/5
- Appropriate length to tell the story: 5/5
- Language: none
- Sexuality: mild; kissing
- Violence: mild-medium; caning, deaths (not described), writing on wall written in something that looks like blood
- Drugs/Alcohol: mild; teen characters drink wine/champagne
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