Thursday, 14 April 2016

The Elite By Kiera Cass

The Elite (The Selection, #2)The Elite by Kiera Cass

My rating: 1 of 5 stars



"You’ve changed me forever. And I’ll never forget you."


While we're still at it, may I take the honour of saying that this book is absolute trash? Well, don't blame me, I just wrote down my thoughts on this book. I don't care whether I get criticized by the author or her agent (well, actually I do, but I'm known for being a cold-hearted person), so I'm going to pour out all my views about this. Before you read this, why don't you start with the introduction of my rantings from the first book! Don't be mistaken; I read this book only for a reading challenge named The Royal Crown Challenge in my bookclub where one of the necessities is to read a book with a dress or a tuxedo on the cover, or by reading a book which has a one in its title. Yes, I read this book only for the cover, or perhaps to satisfy my masochistic pleasures, and not because I like this series. Why else do you think I'd force myself to read a book which has been plagiarized from the previous page of the same book?!


"America, there’s no question that you’ve had my heart from the beginning. By now you have to know that."


Nothing - literally nothing has happened in this book. Remember those thirty-five *beautiful* girls who were chosen to date Prince Maxon in the previous book? Well, they have been narrowed down to six by Maxon's generosity. The good news is that Maxon needs to date only six; the bad news is that this is just a repetitious cycle. Add more spice into this, Cass! Let me tell you what's going on in the book. America cannot seem to decide whether she should choose Aspen or Maxon? The entire book is just one superfluous story of an indecisive Mary Sue who loves one of them when she hates the other. I still find it hard to believe that I'm alive after reading her indecisive love triangle.


"...I want it to be as easy as breathing for you to say yes."


All America was doing was crying on every other page! And all Aspen does is comforts America whenever she comes running to him! And all Maxon does is acts lovey-dovey when she comes running to him. Kindly note that both the previous 'hims' I mentioned where not the same person. Okay, so where do I start? I'll go with the plot. The plot was boring, uninteresting, superfluous, mundane, prosaic, utterly stupid, under-developed - whatever word which is a synonym of the word 'idiotic' or 'boring'. Skip on to the writing style: this got even worse! Could anyone please give this author a large thesaurus because she really needs it?! Moving on to the events in the book: a Halloween party. I'd love to say that Maxon did not waste his money on a stupid party for 'America' (nobody said I'm still not against this name), but I'm afarid I cannot do so, because that idiot did waste his money for a stupid party for America whilst people were starving! Oh, did I mention the rebels?! The rebels were barely intimidating, and I simply find it very implausible and unrealistic when they just come inside the palace. Isn't there protection? Well, if there isn't, the king of Illea is one big fool! In a scale of one to ten, I'd rate the the rebels a minus infinity in intimidating! Go to my class, ask for my traits, ignore the part where my classmates say I'm a bookworm and a nerd, and you'll see that 30 out of 48 would say I'm a bit scary to them. I'm 200% sure I'm more intimidating than these *rebels*. How do you suppose I should enjoy this trash?!


"Maxon matters to me, and I'm going to fight for him.


So here is a short version of the book

Maxon: I love you darling!
America: I love you so much, Maxon! *after Maxon does something she doesn't like*
America: I love you, Aspen!
Aspen: Just like the old times! I love you even more, America! *Aspen does something ridiculous*
America: I love you so much, Maxon! *after Maxon does something she doesn't like*
America: I love you, Aspen!
Aspen: Just like the old times! I love you even more, America! *Aspen does something ridiculous*
America: I love you so much, Maxon! *after Maxon does something she doesn't like*
America: I love you, Aspen!
Aspen: Just like the old times! I love you even more, America! *Aspen does something ridiculous*

Exactly! Now do you get my point? It's just the same thing again and again! Copy pasted right from the start. The publishers evidently didn't spend a lot of time on this.

The characters haven't developed whatsoever. They are still the same impeccable America, stupid side-kicks, idiotic Maxon, irritating jack in the box, alias Aspen, and still no antagonist. Don't say you consider Celeste as the antagonist! She can barely make her own hair stand up, let alone others!


"It was almost comforting, this mutual acceptance of our secrets."


If I continue ranting talking about America's uncalled immaculate demeanour, or all the mistakes she did, I'd end up writing a novel longer than The Lord of the Rings . I'll end by saying that I'll never recommend this to anyone but masochists who are gluttons for eternal punishment, but I'll probably continue this series. Don't ask me why; I've got legitimate reasons for it!



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