I'm a 30-something paranormal, mystery, and humor enthusiast. For me, the main character is the most important part of a book.
This is definitely YA. Love triangle, ansgty stupid girl who, if she'd just stopped to ask or actually talk about what she saw, there would have been a lot less drama, YA.
I like the story- which is odd, because I hate 'The Bachelor' love dating shows (which this basically is), am not the hugest fan of dystopian (which this is) and love triangles make me want to put my nails down a chalkboard. But for some reason, it works.
I'm ready for Book 4--great series. It did not feel as though the stories were about someone too young. Many lessons about the country if we would listen.Amy Rubinate made the books even better.
Will most definitely look for other books by Kiera Cass as narrated by Amy Rubinate.
This is a lovely trilogy, young adult novel that has elements of fantasy and a reality show all rolled into one. Through a country wide selection process covering eight casts, America, in artist cast five, becomes one of 35 teenaged girls to be considered by Prince Maxim for his wife. The 35 girls travel to the palace and begin the competition. Right off the bat America demonstrates her hot temper and tendency to make critical errors that get her into trouble. Yet Maxim finds her intriguing, although the King finds her unsuitable, creating many problems for his son.
Throughout the trilogy, the competition continues and girls get cut as Maxim dates them on the palace grounds. Sylvia, the girls' mentor presents them with projects designed both to teach them social graces and work expected of a princess.
While Maxim deals with the ever increasing anger of his father over America continuing in the competition, America deals with the fact that her hometown boyfriend, Aspen, in cast six, has followed her to the palace to become a guard. This creates the love triangle she copes with while simultaneously dealing with the idea that Maxim may love one of the other girls in the competition. Her feelings bounce between Maxim and Aspen, and Maxim and her competitor Chris. All the while Northern and Southern rebels attack the palace, keeping everyone in danger.
All of this creates the tension that is built up from book one. Each book dwells on fewer and fewer competitors, and we get to know bits and pieces of many of them until in book three we are down to five, and then four. And then two.
Cass does a great job of showing us America's confusion with learning about love, and a different life in general. And while America loses her sense of self from time to time, she manages to retain the core of her spirit and sense of right and wrong. The same can be said of Maxim and Aspen.
As a reader I fell in love with the characters and was impressed with Cass' ability to show us different characteristics of each one. Cass maintained the tension and gradually increased it. If there is one criticism of the books, I would say that America developed her trust, and revealed essential parts of herself too slowly. Occasionally I wanted to shake some sense into her. But then I had to remind myself I'm reading about a 17-year-old girl from my much older age. Then her continual uncertainty made more sense.
This three-book series is entirely suitable for young girls. It is a love story set in a war-torn background, but there is no graphic sex or violence. There are some scenes of intimacy and gunfire, but all are appropriately written so it can be read by teenagers without parental guidance, although I can easily see mother and daughter reading it together. It will retain the interest of both.
Rubinate reads the story beautifully and I could not detect a single error. The voices are distinguishable and her enunciation and tone are ideal for the story.
I polished up this series in two weeks, reading it driving to and from work, during my lunch hour, remaining in my car when I got home, while I made dinner, and even while I showered. I highly recommend the series.
Audible Obsessed wishes she had more time for so many audiobooks.
1st of all, if you haven't read the first book, go back and read it, because you will miss most of the fun, and won't understand the story.
2nd of all, I have mixed feelings about the development of this love story / triangle, I mean, I have my pick, and I don't know who she is going to choose.
Some people say this was a little predictable, but I don't agree. America is still trying to figure out how much she wants to be in this competition and how much she wants to be princess (or not), and the twists that happen in book 2 certainly make her re-think her whole belief system. She screws up a few times in order to start finding out what she truly wants. Very exciting events happen.
I listened to this in 3 sittings!
I am dying to find out what happens next. Will she be the next princess of Ilea, or will she choose to be the love of Aspen? I guess we will have to read and see.
No. I don't feel that it added anythng to the storyline. Besides a few "surprise" twist here and there, this just feels like a filler until book 3 comes out.
Of course America is my favorite. I always cheer for the underdog :)
Yes, the only other one I've listend to is Book 1 The Selection. Since it's in the same triology, then there's no real comparison.
Yes, when Maxon had to go see his father after Americas presentaion. The outcome of that visit was a surprise.
I would have to agree with the other viewers on this one. Besides random attacks (which still doesn’t reveal what they’re looking for), this is basically a love triangle. I did enjoy the book, it had its moment and we did get to see a bit more of how Maxon was feeling about the selection process.
I found that I was on the fence about this book the entire time that I was listening to it. I spent most of the book raging at America for not making a decision, not fighting back, not just reaching out and grabbing what she wanted (or at least deciding what she wanted). At times I was ready to give up on the book and the series. Then, finally, right towards the end of the book, America grew a backbone and started to make up her mind and became likable. I was sorry to see the book end because suddenly America was leading her life and not letting it lead her. Now I can't wait to read the final book and see how the series ends.
When I listen to stories, it's all about the entertainment factor for me, I don't too much care to think about the writing style or anything like that. With that in mind, I had to give this whole series a 5 and came online to make my first audible review ever! The Selection book series is the first book I've ever listened to twice, and honestly I know I'll listen to it a third time again! I love the story, it's very much a guilty teenie romance read for me but honestly that's all I want from it! I'm a sucker for dystopian trilogies, and throw in a monarchy, a romance and an underdog story and I can't turn it down. Go into this book just purely wanting a fun listen and you'll enjoy it, I promise! The narrator is awesome, and I would definitely seek out other books she's narrated just because of her!
I have already recommended it! The book is amazing and so is the reader.
I did listen in just one sitting....or drive. LOL
Oh my gosh!!! This series is AWESOME! There is so much to say about why I loved, loved, loved this book! I loved The Selection and I just love The Elite even more!
The Elite picks up pretty much right where The Selection left off, and there is so much more that happens throughout this book! Oh…my! Something really terrible happens to one of my favorite characters in this book and I was absolutely horrified! That’s when we also learn how horrible the nation’s leaders really are. There are also some eye-opening things that happen that had me questioning the true motives of the rebels, and a bunch of other events that have left me curious about what is really going on all around! OH MY!!!! I’m dying to know more!
As for the romance! I was a little sad that Prince Maxon is absent from a lot of the book; especially, because Aspen is back in the picture and we see him throughout the book. I don’t hate Aspen, but I just really don’t want America to be with him. Then something horrible happens that had me questioning my feelings about Prince Maxon, but my feelings are really clear now! And this other thing that happens with Prince Maxon… I WAS a little horrified with the initial shock of it, but I should have expected it and I’m not really mad at him. I’m thinking, “Can I really blame the guy?” “Nah, I’m good!” I’m still Team Maxon!
There‘s a lot of craziness that happens near the end of The Elite, and I was worried that it was going to end in a way that I wouldn’t be happy with, but it actually ends perfectly! It ends in a way that has me dying for the last book and it left me knowing that the next book will be fabulous!
forced and too old. She sounded like a woman in her late 20s early 30s not a 17 year old girl.
Let's do this list style.
-I appreciate an author combining elements of different genre but this was dystopian mixed with an ABC primetime soap opera.....and not in a good way. I hate comparing books to one another but since it is a series it needs to be judged as that. The Selection had dystopian elements while introducing a "bachelor-esque" style that was amusing and interesting. The Elite basically eliminated the bachelor aspect, poorly tried to execute a timeline for the backstory of the country's origin, and had painful dialogue.
-what the heck are the rebels doing? Okay I can see them coming in a couple times to further plot structures and introduce the politics of the world but FOUR TIMES in a couple of months?????? Lazy plot hole patches is what it looks like. It is one thing to create intricacy and twists, another to beat it down to death
-ON A GOOD NOTE. I found the mystery behind the origin of the country and the idea of changing history something that, if developed, could have become a strength in the series
-What is her purpose for writing? This is a YA novel and I approve of complex ideas introduced into younger literature but it was as if she had half baked ideas on what her purpose was. She commented more than once on America's (country not person) crippling debt and how that basically tumbled everything. However, the author fails to make this more than a 'history lesson' for the reader and not something impertinent. She tries the caste system thing which, when using elements of a book that had recently come out and became a huge success; Hunger Games came out in 08 and The Selection in 2012, you have to be careful. Authors have a habit of doing this in general. HOW many paranormal romance books came out after Twlight? TOO MANY! I have always had a soft spot for dystopian inspired books but this just felt half baked.
-I commend the author for trying to introduce complicated ideas to a younger audience but just like in Hunger Games, it fell a little flat and the world created had that 'like ours but not really' aspect to it that should be relate-able to the audience but made me feel even more disconnected.
-CRITICISMS TO THE CRITICS.....Yes America can be whiny and indecisive but...look me in the eye and tell me that you NEVER had to choose between two people of interest ESPECIALLY at her age! I felt a little ill watching America devote to Maxon one scene then the next to Aspen. Why? BECAUSE WE HAVE ALL DONE IT! No matter the poor execution of the plot overall, that is a perfect representation of a teenage love triangle. Drawn out, annoying, emotionally charged, and confusing. I have done it, you have done it, I bet Cass has done it! It is not pretty and not especially enjoyable to read but it is true.
Yes, I will listen to it again before the final book comes out in order to refresh my memory.
The heroine America Singer, I guess. Despite the lousy name, she IS the heroine, so we see her perspective on everything - her concern for her family, her confusion about events, her conflicting desires as she is torn between two suitors.
I liked Aspen - maybe it's more the way he was written, but he seemed calm, steady, and totally reliable. He sounded like that too, so thanks, Amy Rubinate!
I was moved (as in taken aback) when America caught Prince Maxon's in flagrante delicto with another contestant - it was so unexpected! Up until then his actions seemed pretty honest and straightforward - that cast him in a whole new light.