The Elite (The Selection, Book 2)

The Elite

The Elite (The Selection, Book 2)

Author: Kiera Cass

Series: The Selection Series

Genre: Romance/Dystopian

Publisher: HarperTeen

Pages: 352

The Elite is, obviously, the continuation of the first novel in this series, The Selection. The girls have been whittled down to the final six, vying for Prince Maxon’s hand in marriage and the title of Princess. America is still undecided about whether this is the life that she wants: is she cut out to be a princess, and does she want to be Maxon’s wife, or is it Aspen- the boy whom she has been in love with for years that she is meant to give her whole heart to?

As I said in my initial review of The Selection, this is not my typical chosen genre, however- in this second novel there were some very interesting turns of events that made me much more invested in this book than I was in the first one. Don’t get me wrong, there are still a lot of romantic elements to the novel, but this one has more action- both physical and political- that kept me intrigued and wanting to know more. Now, I can’t wait to get to the next one to see what happens!

The Selection (The Selection Series, Book 1)

the selection

Author: Kiera Cass

Series: The Selection Series

Genre: Romance/Dystopian

Publisher: HarperTeen

Pages: 352

Ok, so I honestly had no aspirations of reading this book. While I do enjoy dystopian era books, this is not in the genre that I usually read. Sure, I like a little romance and heat in my novels sometimes (as you can tell, I read a lot of PNR), but something that is geared towards a romance is not really my style. I just grabbed to see what all of the fuss was about; I was curious. That all being said- it was pretty entertaining!

The novel is set in a dystopian type era, where everyone is now in different castes. The higher the caste number, the lower the person is on the social scale. It is highly uncommon for women to marry below their caste. America, however, has had a secret romance going on with Aspen (who is one caste below her) for a couple of years. Along comes “the selection”, where thirty-five women of age are chosen from all different castes to vie for Prince Maxon’s hand. America is convinced by her mother and Aspen that she has to try for it. A week before the selection of the thirty-five Aspen dumps her, saying that he can’t provide for her…then she is chosen. She meets the Prince, and a friendship turns in to more, but Aspen is still in her heart.

This was an entertaining book. It definitely wasn’t my best read of the year, but again, it’s out of my usual genre. If you really enjoy romance, you’ll probably really enjoy it. I am intrigued enough to read on to see how it plays out.

The Fire Sermon (The Fire Sermon Trilogy, 1)

Author: Francesca Haig

Series: The Fire Sermon

Publisher: Gallery Books

Genre: Dystopian

Pages: 369

I am in love with this book! It is a completely different take on the post-apocalyptic/dystopian themed books. The concept is really, very interesting. After an event that basically wiped everything and many people out, everything was changed, due to after-effects of radiation and such. One of the biggest areas of change was in reproduction. In this new era, every pregnancy results in twins, and one of the twins always has some sort of deficiency. Most of these are physical (a missing or third arm or leg, a third eye or only one eye, etc), but some are born “seers”. They can sense or have visions of things from the future or past. They are called Omegas, while the perfectly fine twin is the Alpha twin. The Omega twins are always sent away to villages for Omegas, where they suffer for the majority of their lives, but are not killed, because when one twin dies, so does the other.

The main character in this novel is an Omega, Cass, who is a seer. Her twin, Zach, was very angry at her, because she hid her ability for a very long time, which led them to be outcast, because no one knew which twin was the Omega. Once Cass was sent away, Zach became very ambitious and quickly rose to power. He becomes known as The Reformer, and has teamed up with an Omega seer to bring out horrible changes in the way that Omegas are treated. He has Cass found and locked up in order to protect himself. Cass finds out about the horrible things that he is doing, and finds out about an Omega island, and breaks free. She teams up with a boy with no memory of his past, who she calls Kip, in order to try and find the island. This story is centered on their journey and the ensuing Omega Resistance. It has some amazing twists and turns that will keep the reader on their seat. I can’t wait for the next novel in this series!