America Singer was born into an unprivileged family, seeking for a way to find a purpose. It had always been a plan to become an artist or singer, and she never imagined living her life as an Elite. 35 girls had entered the palace, hoping to win the heart and the crown of Prince Maxon. Now, there are only six girls left, all with different qualities that make them stand out. Kriss is the dazzling, most lady-like of the group. Her charm is contagious, and everyone she meets is instantly affected by her lovely aura. Celeste, a natural born two, has the drive and determination to kill someone with her stare. In the wake of the war, Elise has connections with New Asia, the other superpower of the world at the time. Marlee, America’s best friend in the palace, is evidently the sweetest of the bunch. She has the gift to put a smile on someone’s face through her witty jokes. Similar to America, Natalie doesn’t have a large purpose, although she was born into a wealthy family. America was born as a Six with nothing to offer to Maxon or the royal family, except for love. America doesn’t know exactly how or why she loves Maxon so much, for they come from completely different backgrounds. As America and Maxon go through life as Elite, they experience devastating hardships that test their true compatibility.
“The Elite”, written by Kiera Cass, is set in the future. In the story, Kiera mentions how America and China were at war, and when China took over America and created the new country that they live in today. Clearly, through many clues that the author gives us, we are able to figure out the historical context. The characters are unaware of important past historical events, such as World War II and terrorist attacks. As a reader, it was frustrating at times to follow the characters because they were uncertain of the past, whereas we are completely aware of the previous events.
The style that Kiera Cass uses in, “The Elite” is First Person Point of View. The readers only have access to America’s thoughts, not anyone else’s. Despite this, Kiera talks about other characters in America’s point of view, so viewers are able to see their personalities. The style is less formal, which doesn’t match up with the plot of the book. However, I did find First Person Point of View equally effective as any other book that I have read.
As I was looking through my friends book collection, I came across, “The Selection”, series. Its eye catching cover caught my attention immediately, so I decided to take it home with me. Many say, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”, and this was a time where judging a book by its cover was a good thing. This has been by far been one the most enjoyable series that I have read. In particular, “The Elite”, was especially intriguing. The main reason of why I enjoyed it so much was due to the character's’ complexity. Every chapter they would change drastically, keeping my on my toes at all times.
Book Reviewed By Anna Cumming
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