The Elite by Kiera Cass had me up all night, full of angst, who would she choose… and I loved it. Every minute of it. Again, I must ask myself, why did I take so long to read this series?!
The quote that sums up this whole series:
“I couldn’t imagine anything strong enough to take that happiness away” Oh really? Not anything? Hmmm…well, read on…. #ForeShadowing
I didn’t really touch on this in the review for the first book in this series, but I will now. I liked America Singer. I liked her a lot. She could be the Booknista’s bestie. America is the h we follow through out the series. She’s smart, musically talented, speaks her mind, has an understated sense of good fashion, is loyal to her friends and family and doesn’t give in to the fairy tale dream too quickly. She isn’t an easy girl to sway with promises of riches and a sweet life. She fights for what she believes in and defends those less fortunate. The title, The Elite, refers to the final group of girls competing for the prince. #Winning
Now onto book two review…
With all that said, my bestie America is really playing both sides, she’s leading on two young men. Aspen, who she loved before is back. And, Prince Maxon is publicly, in true Bachelor fashion, wooing her as well. Its the past competing with the future and she’s torn. On top of that, the attacks on the castle continue and it’s all a big mystery what they’re exactly after. #TheStruggleIsReal
The morning after a huge party for the Elite, royal family and guards, America’s maids wake her up and tell her to wear dark garments. They’re somber and I wondered what had happened, who died? We find out that America’s best friend and fellow Elite contestant, Marlee, was caught having an affair with one of the palace guards. Sound familiar? Aspen and American sitting in a tree…K-I-S-S-I-N-G. This offense is actually punishable by death. #RatherHarshDontchaThink? All the Elite are led outside to watch the punishment. Instead of death, the love struck couple will be beaten and dropped down to the lowest caste. America can’t take it, she runs out to protest, to get them to stop with the beating, begging Maxon to stop the madness, and she’s dragged off. We find out later, all is not how it seems and Maxon wasn’t really a jerk on this one. #TeamMaxonGetsAPoint
America reads Gregory Ilea’s diary and finds out that the whole caste system is a bit of a sham. Gregory is the guy who set up the whole country. Something of a hero in some circles. He just created it to rule over everyone without question. It was all very self serving. Turns out he was a real piece of work, a horrible man all around. On top of that, America catches Maxon making out Bachelor style, with one of the sleazier contestants in a dark corridor. #HandMeTheAntiBacterialGel #Please
This revelation leads America to suggest a radical change for the kingdom regarding dissolving the castes. She’s hurt and chooses to pronounce this gem on TV when the King is present. All hell breaks loose for her…and for poor Maxon. I really felt awful for him. The King is not a good father. I’ll just leave it at that. However, this whole incident leads to a real emotional moment for America and Maxon.
I won’t spoil the ending. The Elite was another great read for me. There was a lot politics and adventure, and my heart broke a bit over that make out session America witnessed. She’s a fighter and that sense of strength is what leads into the next book, The One.
I give The Elite another A. Book 3, The One is up next….