The Elite Kiera Cass,
The Elite Kiera Cass,
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: Teens and YA.
Another fabulous cover! Well, we’re in the palace with the girls now and the action is heating up. The girls are veering between kind and cruel, all in the quest to be The One. America has discovered she has feelings for Maxon, their friendship has gradually become much more, but she’s uncertain if she’s suited to be a princess. She finds she hates it when he’s with one of the others and yet can’t still make up her mind if he’s for her. That’s not helped by the fact that Aspen is at the palace, called up in the Draft to be a palace guard, and he still wants her too… and they take some huge risks, especially considering what has happened with one of the others. Maxon knows she has feelings for someone from home, but doesn’t know its Aspen and he’s in the palace. There were times when I got irritated with her, she’s not really fair to either of them, though I understand in a way her confusion, but she’s playing with fire at times. Aspen too – he knew what he was doing was a massive risk to both of them, and yet he still put her through that – I’m not sure that’s a sign of love, more one of obsession. In contrast Maxon indicates if she says yes it could all finish now, but knows she’s not ready and agrees to give her more time.
Along with the girls vying to stay through the next round of cuts, some by whatever means possible, there’s the Rebels invading the palace. That felt a little overdone, it happened so many times that frankly palace security was just a joke. When they were so efficient in other areas its hard to understand why they were so hopeless at something as important as this. I enjoyed the tests set for the girls, the dirty tricks done by some of them – I love some “good” horrible bi tchs in a novel, and they were great here. I thought things were going well between America and Maxon til something shocking happened and I got really annoyed with her then. Maxon, I was saddened by his actions, not by what he did over the event, but after when America is so upset, In a way I understood that he needed to have a back up plan in case she finally said no, he couldn’t just place everything on her, leaving him with no-one if she declined. It seems a bit unfair to the other girls but it was clear many of them saw the Crown as what they wanted, not actually Maxon, he was a kind of by-product Winking smile He was right when he began to press America, they were getting numbers down and as he said, would she still be asking for more time when it was down to three, two….at some point he needed a firm decision before he lost everything. He has his father’s views to contend with too and he’s not a fan of America, from her background to her impulsive actions. We learn more about the countries history and how the whole Caste system originated. It was good to see more of the King and Queen, she’s lovely but the King – wow what an awful, selfish man he is. Its all a kind of eye opener for America, coming from a quiet country background but she’s had many weeks now to get to grips with it.
Stars: Five, it’s another fun read, with some great drama in it.
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers