I can’t begin to explain just how much I love this book. Or more accurately, how much I love this new series by Keira Cass, and how if I could, I would be America Singer. It is the best teen fiction of the dystopic genre that I have read in a whole and probably my favourite book of this year (although I have been saying that of most of the books I have read this year).
The Elite is the sequel to the novel The Selection. The dust jacket of the first book suggests it is
a novel where The Bachelor meets dystopic fiction
And they couldn’t be more right.
I don’t want to give too much away about plots or anything because I would not want to spoil this book for anime and I think everyone should read it, but I will give a basic outline.
America Singer lives in a dystopic American society that has a strict caste system. Her world is ruled by a monarchy and the young and eligible prince must choose a bride from his people. Girls are given the opportunity to enter The Selection, a competition to compete for his affections and the crown. She does. And succeeds in being sent to the palace for the competition (that’s not really a spoiler because if she didn’t there wouldn’t be a book or plot). The it’s game on.
What I like best about this series is that while there is conflict within the plot, and the characters do have hard decisions to make, it is not tortured like most YA fiction, especially dystopic fiction. Yes there are consequences and bad decisions and a love triangle between the boy back home and the new boy, but nothing bad happens for the sake of something bad happening. It doesn’t feel like there is going to be a disastrous ending so that all the teeny bopper girls who read it will end up crying and bemoaning life as it is.
But I’ve kind of shot myself in the foot by reading The Elite as soon as it was released here. I was lucky to discover The Selection only at the beginning of this year and then have just a month to wait for its sequel, The Elite to be released. But now I don’t know how long it is going to be until the third book comes out and I really want to read more! I don’t want to have the problem I did with the novels of Tahereh Mafi when after reading Shatter Me I couldn’t wait for the next novel in the series, but Unravel Me was a disappointment. And I. Really can’t look up when the next one is coming out because there will likely be spoilers attached ad I’d rather read it then get told what is going to happen.
The sad things is is that currently I am able to do all this reading because of my job. And when I change jobs I won’t be able to see as many new books or read as many as I have been doing this year. That is one of the saddest aspects of my choice.
I guess I will be using this blog as an outlet more and more for reviews of what I read as my work outlet will cease to be.
Coming up on my next blog: F