#29 Book Review: The Elite by Kiera Cass
Oh look, another Young Adult series!! The Elite is the second book in the The Selection series. Once again, this series was recommended through The Stripe and also the first book, The Selection, was featured on her podcast: Bad on Paper. A lot of my YA book picks have come from this podcast, and it’s been enjoyable to hear both Grace and Becca’s views on the books.
The Selection series is a futuristic Bachelorette. The old United States is gone, but the new country, Illéa, now has a rigid caste system. Our heroine, aptly named America, is a Five, meaning she from the starving artist caste. Fives are only allowed to work in the creative arts, and each caste makes less money the lower you go in the system. Of course, at the start of the series, America is in love with a Six named Aspen, and that causes all sorts of problems. If a Five marries a Six, both of them become Sixes, and their profession of choice is no longer available. America would have to become a day laborer instead of an artist.
In the mean time, Prince Maxon of Illéa is now of marrying age. Instead of normal dating, the country holds a contest called the “Selection.” Thirty-five girls across various castes and regions are brought to the palace and compete to win the Prince’s affections. SHOCKING TWIST: America is not interested in entering the contest, but enters anyways to make her Mother happy. And of course she is selected. And of course she ends up liking the Prince in spite of her broken heart from leaving her Six Boyfriend behind.
So anyways, The Elite is the second book in this series. Apparently there are five books total, and maybe even some more books from the point of view of other characters. I can’t imagine how this plot will play out over five books. The second book dragged on and on for me. Thankfully it was a very fast read. America’s back and forth between the two love interests is starting to get old, and she has a way of creating her own problems.
But that is not going to stop me from moving on to the third entry in the series! It’s already on hold at the library. I love me some Young Adult trash fiction!