This review is spoiler free.
“Love is beautiful fear.”
Series: The Selection
Published: 2013, by HarperTeen.
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Fantasy
Contains: Death, Violence, Blood/Gore, Torture, Abuse, Child Abuse
‘The Elite’ is the second instalment of The Selection series, following The Selection after being narrowed down to the six Elite. The competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is fiercer than ever, yet America is still struggling to decide who her heart lies with. She’s desperate for time, but that luxury left a long time ago.
After being deeply entertained by the first instalment, I was in a hurry to grab the next and discover more about this world. America’s story was enough to pull me from a slump and I was desperate for that again with ‘The Elite’. However, I was slightly disappointed.
America was extremely conflicted in this novel, to a frustrating extent. Every few pages she changed her mind on whether she was making the right choice with who she loved. If the cliche love-triangle trope wasn’t bad enough, her repeatedly changing her mind was enough to drive you wild. It wasn’t entertaining, merely the opposite. There was also the issue that America is a very flat character. She’s perfect – everyone repeatedly reminds you so – and yet there is no evidence as to why. She’s a favourite, but there’s no evidence to support that fact. Readers are just encouraged to agree, when in reality, she’s painfully average.
Maxon, however, grew on me incredibly in this novel. He’s more self-assured and confident, if a little broken. He’s no longer dealing with America’s self-absorbed antics, fighting back and standing up for himself towards the end of the novel. It was brilliant to see, and made for a very entertaining climax. Finally, America is getting what she deserved after three-hundred pages of her nonsense!
Although, not every male character could be as entertaining as Prince Maxon, as Aspen was incredibly possessive, to an uncomfortable degree. Personally, I didn’t like the way he behaved for the majority of this novel, influencing America’s decisions way too much and taking control whenever he entered the picture. It was unsettling.
The writing itself is incredibly simple, making for a quick, fluffy read. Although, it seemed unnecessary at times, as the majority of the novel is America having boy trouble, it was still fun. The plot itself didn’t develop as much as I’d have liked, bouncing around the issue while America was concentrating on minor problems, but sped up towards the end.
Overall, this instalment left me feeling a little unfulfilled. There was very little development in terms of plot, but some of the characters were a little more fleshed out while some remained average. However, I still shamelessly enjoyed it.