Sunday, August 23, 2015

The Elite by Kiera Cass

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.

Rating: 3/5

America has passed the first stage of The Selection and now, as one of the Elite she'll ahve to decide if she wants to live and rule as a Queen at Maxon's side, to live a comfortable life with her first love Aspen, or to figure out who she is without needing a man by her side to define her.

Lol, I'm just kidding. Just the first two.

Alright, on with the review then.

I guess I should start by commeting the plot, but there wasn't one. America has dates with both Maxon and Aspen, trying to figure out who she wants.

Basically Aspen is non existent. I know, he's part of the love triangle which is the major plot and all, but he's barely around and America only thinks about him when she has a fight with Maxon, when the two of them make up, Aspen is not to appear again. It wasn't fair for Aspen either, at one point America decides she wants Maxon but doesn't tell Aspen, probably in case the two of them fight and she wants to run into his arms again. So I get why he finally snaps at her when she wants to go back to Maxon, but he did it for all the wrong reasons; Aspen simply wanted America to be with him because he was "the nice guy", if he were really nice he should think about what America wants, not on how she "owes" him her love because he was nicer than the other guy.

So America spends the entire novel going back and forth between the two guys. Instead of talking things through when there was a problem like reasonable people, all the characters just stay quiet or run away, making room for more drama. 

Though, in America's defense it's not like it was too easy. Sure, she could have chosen to do a thousand things different, but we are talking about a fluffy love triangle with no plot, so those other more logical choices weren't even an option. Maxon was really ridiculous too, he said he wanted only America and if she wanted him too, he would chose her right away, but when America does want him he keeps on dating the other girls, kissing them and nailing them against a wall... oops, spoiler. So, yeah, I get why she didn't trust him either.

The funny thing was when he said that America had lost his trust and she would have to work to get it back. Asshole, you were the reason she didn't trust you in the first place! But well, this is the relationship between the two of them, Maxon doesn't really care about America's stand on the relationship unless it affects him.

We do get to see a little bit more of the world, but it was too poorly thought to actually matter.

Basically, nothing really happens and I have a pretty good idea of how it will end up, but I'll still be continuing with the series... for some reason. Masochism.

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