I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY - My husband and friends would probably tease me for listening to this book. The characters are teenaged girls, and the story is a combination of the TV show The Bachelor and the Cinderella fairy tale -- girls competing for a prince. It's chick lit all the way!
In this second book, The Selection has now become "The Elite," with only six competitors left from the larger original number. There are rivalries between the girls, as you might imagine. The main character, America, is not sure she's over the relationship with her old BF, who is now a guard at the palace where the competition is taking place. So there's a love triangle going on during the competition, plus the kingdom is experiencing political unrest and is under attack.
It may be teenaged chick lit, but there's a lot that's going on in the story that I find totally enjoyable. It's a light, easy listen, with lots of young, innocent romance thrown in. I might be stupid at my age for enjoying this series, but I do. I can't wait for the third and final book to come out to see how everything ends up. (These books must be listened to in order, as each one leads into the next).
NARRATION - The reader has an unusual way of reading which I can't quite describe. It sort of bothered me for maybe an hour into the first book, but after that I thought she was perfect for the rest of that book and this one as well.
OVERALL - For females about 15 and up. There's no inapproprite language or situations. It might be too immature for some listeners, but not this one.
I had hope at the end of the last book that the character would evolve beyond her basic love triangle story. There's enough going on in the world that we don't need the additional drama. What happens to her friend in this book acts as a warning to her, rather than act with any sense of intelligence America spirals down a path of destruction. I lost all sympathy and care for her. I found her impossible to like and got exceptionally annoyed with her love interests.
I think I need a decidedly not Young Adult Novel, this love triangle stuff has become a crutch.
The speaker was fine but that couldn't save poorly written story.
I only listened to these books due to a beloved blog recommending them, I feel betrayed by the blog.
Seriously save your money if Love Triangles bore you. I had hoped there was a story beneath all the rubbish but it is impossible to get to. It really is maddening and I'm angry I wasted my money.
I have enjoyed this story and liked the progression, but reading the Prince's novella really gave a lot of insight into how he thinks. America is playing with fire.
Moved the story along a little more than it was.
No, she does a good job.
It's a trilogy so there will be a third book.
romance, betrayal, crown
Maxim, he is not the typical heart throb in that he is actually a nice guy.
When they were locked in the wall together during an attack and finally had a heart to heart. She was being a bit of a jerk.
I guess I'm a baby...I just love to be read to.
This is a rip-off of the Hunger Games - I mean it's similar in so many ways but completely different at the same time. I thought it was entertaining.
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.
I like the idea that she has a secret love, and isn't interested in the prince, and questions herself...
I definitely got whiplash, in this story, with the back and forth!! It's a bit over the top, with the "Oh! Now I love you!! No, wait..." It isn't, in my opinion, like Twilight, where you see why she is really in love with a character (he's a good friend, etc.) and it's a slow process....No...this one is a jerk...now this one. I suppose it would help, if the love interest was truly likable. But there was some behavior there that I wasn't impressed with.
This whole love triangle drama got old...except--there was a subplot, that kept me curious! So I downloaded the next one, too!
27 and I still can't help but love bad reality TV and YA fantasy fiction.
The Elite continued the amazing story we stared in "The Selection". This is not a typical type of novel for me. I usually like bad ass bitches kicking the heads off of zombies or whacking limbs off of vampires with katanas. This series has a couple of middle age battles in which the main characters lock themselves in hidey holes. Don't even care! Love it anyway.
Something about the world this author created is just plain fascinating. The caste system is unique and interesting (though would will have to admit to yourself eventually that NO ONE under ANY circumstances would ever think that basing profession on economic tier would be effective or efficient). The relationship between America and Maxon is enchanting...I love them both so much!
The flow of the series follows a format much like The Bachelor and I would not be surprised if it is what inspired this story from the author.
There is something building here, under the surface of the Bachelor-esque storyline. Something that will really bring to life the world they live in and the war they are fighting. I am hoping that this series goes much further than just the love stories growing in the first two books.
I likes the narrator and the books setting also pretty neat.
The characters and their surroundings!
I suppose the main character.
I laughed a lot at times!
This was a good second book and it left me wanting more. I suggest this book if you like the dystopian style books.
Books are the best
The most enjoyable thing was the book itself. Listening to it, I laughed and got nervous and just had a good time. I mean, I still wanted to reach into the story and shake just about everyone, but it was a fun time.
I've not heard of a comparable story. It's like part Hunger Games, America's Next Top Model and a few other things. Less so, now that there aren't all the girls still there, but it's quite interesting.
I loved the end with American and Maxin in the safe room, just being together. They FINALLY talked and cleared the air. A lot of drama and pain would be unnecessary if they could just talk honestly with each other.
Probably something dumb about a love triangle or something vapid about becoming a princess. There really is more to this story.
I'm glad America made that last decision. Start fighting, sister. We're all rooting for you.