Review of The Elite

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The Elite

Title: The Elite

 

Author: Kiera Cass

 

Series: Selection Series

 

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

 

Source: Online Read

 

 

PEEK-A-BOO

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.

[Source: Goodreads]

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MY TAKE ON THE ELITE:

Before I write anything, I would like to tell you that I have a habit of reading the book completely- until and unless I fall sick reading it. I don’t give up the books just like that because I know that how much hard-work is put in to write them. At least, I can proudly say that this book didn’t make me sick…

Irritated? Yes!!! Mad? Yes!!! Sick? No!!… And because of this very reason, I give it One Dragon 🙂

In defense of the book, I can say- the cover was again very attractive; it has many events and the speed of the story is better than the first book. But, That is all what I can say in favor of this book.

I started reading the book with a hope to know more details of the plot and closing of the loopholes found in the first part. But, I ended up reading it, mainly, to amuse myself with all the goof ups. Without further ado, let me discuss the questionable areas in the book. I will discuss only the main ones. Please remember, these are just my personal opinions:

  • Illea is present USA. In this book we came to know that this huge country was named after a wealthy man. I do not recall any mentions of his warrior life to free the country. But I could deduce one thing and it was that the whole of USA was named after a man who had enough wealth to celebrate Halloween. This man became the First King of Illea, who was himself known as King Illea… Wow!!! The point I want to make is that, as a reader I am unable to find enough clues to understand the reason of the country being named after a person. Was it his bravery? Was it his immense knowledge? Was it his political expertise? If books are in series… shouldn’t the reader be made aware of the whole idea? The diary of Gregory Illea is discussed every now and then, but what Illea did hasn’t been dealt with properly.
  • “Your Majesty,” he said with a bow. “Sorry to intrude, sir, but it’s really unwise to stay out this late for so long. The rebels could— Ah… the rebels. Their frequency of attacking is mind-blowing. Not only that, the defence mechanism of the King of Illea is just incomparable. The moment anything happens he runs to pull metal shades of the windows. Impressive!!All the attacks are so well planned that the rebels come inside the palace, every single time. And the king just has only the palace guards at his disposal every single time.I mean is this the future??? Is this story based in the time after Fourth world war or after the First civilizations? Where the hell are armies, tanks, helicopters, jet fighters???If for a moment, I accept that it’s based in a dystopian era [which I really doubt] then how come it can be so imbalanced? As such there are newspapers and the royal news channel is always aired, but they can’t have a single satellite which can trace the rebel camps or activities. They have aeroplanes, televisions, phones, radios, cameras and even one computer [rolling my eyes and banging my head] but the technology is zero when it comes to defend the palace!!!

    Ruling such a huge country and not having enough resources to get warning of the attacks beforehand- it is just unbelievable. They only come to know about the attack when the rebels are inside the palace and the guards are shouting or alarm bells are ringing. Great!!

  • America Singer is now the Elite. She wants Prince to give her time to decide… She wants to stay in the competition… She doesn’t want the Prince to spend much time with other candidates…  She wants to have all secret parties with Aspen. Aarrrggghhh!!Actually she just wants the readers to pull their hairs and drive themselves mad!!! What kind of confused girl is she? I still could have adjusted with the confusion if the author had worked more in providing logical reasoning to this love dilemma. But no… Kiera couldn’t go further than dialogues like-Could I confess that while my feelings for Maxon went deep—deeper than I knew, apparently—there was someone else I couldn’t let go of?’Why couldn’t she let go of that someone or why couldn’t she decide if she knew that feelings were deeper than she herself knew? Oh god! Is this sentence even making sense?To many of you I may sound dry but hey! I would anytime choose to be a dry, sensible person than a foolish, confused romantic.
  • And then there is Aspen. I don’t feel like talking about this guy. If I think as per the plot- I should say this to him, “Hey Aspen, Ain’t you the guy who used to be Six and whose family had to really work hard to make two ends meet. You became Two the moment you joined the palace guards. But does it even occur to you that you can straightaway become Eight, if you are caught in an act with America. Where is your sacrifice, which you had shown when you broke up with her in the first place? At that time you wanted her to have much more than you could offer. So now, what happened? Selfishness overtook sacrifice hmm? Or was your ego bruised when you saw America with Maxon?”I couldn’t connect with this character at all. I was unable to understand the motives behind his actions or his feelings for America. And I won’t even go into the loyalty part. The way he sneaks America under the nose of Prince Maxon, his future king, to have quality time, speaks about his loyalty to both – America and his country. Doesn’t he understand that how severe punishment America can get if she is caught with him. I would not be surprised if Aspen is found to be one of the rebels in the next book.

This is not the end my friends… There are many more – such book throwing, hair pulling, eye rolling moments in the whole book… but I will stop ranting about them as I want you all to read and find out those mammoth size gaps. Happy Hunting 😉

All in all, this series is turning out to be really funny. I am waiting for the third book and wondering what other ways can the third book make me go ROFL…

Review of The Selection

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The Selection

TITLE: The Selection

 

AUTHOR: Kiera Cass

 

SERIES: Selection Series

 

GENRE:  Young Adult Fiction

 

SOURCE: Library

 

PEEK – A – BOO:

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

[Source: Goodreads]

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MY TAKE ON THE SELECTION:

The book has a beautiful cover. It just pulls you. You end up holding the book in your hand. Full marks for the cover design 🙂

This book is good for those who want a break from reading a particular genre for too long [like me] or ones who love cute romance. It’s a light read. Don’t go thinking too much of the plot if you want to really enjoy the book. Trust me, I got through the book only because I just went with the flow and didn’t wear my thinking cap [rolling my eyes].

It is a onetime read. The plot is average. Slightly on the lines of Cindrella – A prince organizing a competition to select a girl to marry. Characters are average. Among all the characters, I liked America’s father, Prince Maxon and America’s maids [yes! the maids were really good and talented and behaved like they had brains in their heads]. Nobody else impressed me much.

The story was quite predictable. From the first paragraph, one can make out that it’s a poor girl meeting the rich guy. By the end of first three chapters you feel a strong vibe presuming the competitors being of all sorts – some being too friendly, others being snobbish… I could also predict that the former lover will come back by the end of the story. The only thing which I could not see coming was, the story being continued to another book. I was like – Seriously!!!

How was the author unable to wrap this story in one book? This question nags me day after day [pulling my hairs]. I knew that it was a series but honestly, I had just read the blurb of only first book. I was having a feeling that other installments in the series will be about a new girl. I should give credit to the author to stretch a simple plot of one book to three books. Wow!!

Anyways, coming to the main character, I can just say that I was disappointed with its character building. I liked the character in the beginning, but with the progress of the plot, she started annoying me. The annoyance converted into deep irritation when the author made her dally with her ex. In addition, there was no reasonable logic behind that act.

I couldn’t form any opinion about the other competitors as the incidents including them were very few. The world-building wasn’t good enough. Though Caste system was an important part of the story-line, I was unable to understand, why did it originate in the first place? What was its use? Was it based on the profession of a person or his wealth?
In the story- Aspen is Six, who generally are servants, but becomes Two because he gets a job of Royal Guard. On the other hand, there is Kota, America’s elder brother, who is a Five and is a very good artist. He aims to be a Two by continuing his profession of Five. Then there is America herself, who is a Five initially but becomes Three the moment she is selected without any change of profession or accumulation of wealth. [Can anyone help me in this? ]

Then the rebel attacks were mentioned in passing and were poorly dealt with. There was no reason given for the attacks and I was surprised with the security of the palace – How come they can keep on coming again and again? Aftermath of the attacks wasn’t properly done. It looked as if the author’s creativity for this side-plot got exhausted. [What’s the point of mentioning it in the story, then?]

Other than this, the book is enjoyable. I did enjoy the romantic moments. Kiera has talent of creating them.

All in all, the first book is a light read. A definite Chick Lit.

Hoping for the second installment to be more substantial.

 

Aside

First on Fridays – The Selection

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The beginning of weekends brings along fresh burst of energy. People plan to utilize their weekends in the way they love the most. What more do you expect from a voracious reader than to start a new book. And that’s the point of my bookish meme.

First on Fridays is a weekly bookish meme, created and hosted by Preeti’s Panorama. Everyone is welcome to join.

The rules are very simple:

  • Every Friday, grab a book [can be an e-read or paperback].
  • Share its first two or three paragraphs along with the book’s title and cover.
  • On the basis of the paragraphs/excerpt, just tell whether you would like to read it or not? One or two sentences will be enough. If you want to explain more, it would be lovely!!

I just request that you link back to ‘Preeti’s Panorama’ on your own ‘First on Fridays’ post. You can share your comments if you do not have a blog. 

Have fun with it and enjoy the world of books.

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