The Elite by Kiera Cass: Book Review

Goodreads Synposis:

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.

Commentary: I thought that The Elite was going to be better than the first one…I was wrong. I found myself very frustrated reading this book because of America. I previously mentioned that I felt she was an okay protagonist in the first book, but in this one, words cannot even describe how annoying she was. She kept going back and forth between both Prince Maxon and Aspen…she couldn’t make up her mind. I really felt that this series should have not been expanded into a trilogy nor should have the book been set in a dystopian society. America was spoiled and very conflicted about her feelings for Maxon. She could hardly trust him and had jealously issues, but she would immediately change her opinion about him when he paid her attention. I swear, she acted like the whole competition was about her…I didn’t even think I could finish this book, but somehow I did. Also, she kept getting jealous at Maxon when she was cheating on him with Aspen. How is that justifiable?

I would have preferred this book if Maxon picked one of the other girls besides America. What’s so great America anyways? Then let’s talk about the rebels, I felt that the rebels were built up in this book and it was so disappointing. I really wanted America to be captured by the rebels when they were running after her. They just let her live and that was it. What was that? It would have made for a much cooler series if she was captured and became leader of the rebels, but that’s just me. Then there’s hardly any description for the war happening in New Asia, I don’t think it was relevant to the plot. Aspen is too perfect, and he is a bit boring. He was annoying and had to stop trying to win her back. I didn’t like the love triangle in this book at all. Whenever he and America were together, I wanted someone to spy on them or catch them in the act. That would have been more interesting to read. Before starting this book, I felt that in the second book Maxon was going to find out about them…he didn’t. How does he not know that Aspen is a palace guard? Oh Maxon, its really hard to hate him. He does so much for America, but she doesn’t see his efforts to win her over. There were some good parts such as like Marlee Tames and Carter Woodwork canned by the royals. I really enjoyed that part because the author finally gave a clear answer to why she was so secretive in the first book. I also did like the Halloween party and the reunion with families as well. I don’t think I will reread this book at all, but it wasn’t as bad as the Meyer Dyer series. I think I need time away from this series before reading the last book. I felt it was very cliché…

Final Rating: 👑👑👑(2.5)

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