Dual Chat Review: The Elite by Kiera Cass

July 19, 2013 Review, YABBC 30 ★★

Dual Chat Review: The Elite by Kiera Cass
The Elite by Kiera Cass
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Pages: 323
Release Date: April 23rd 2013
Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.


Alise: Shall we start by saying America was three times as annoying in THE ELITE than she was in THE SELECTION?

Rebecca: She was infuriating
Rebecca: everyone was at one stage or another

Alise: True that. I have never wanted to strangle so many people.

Rebecca: And I liked some of those people in the last book

Alise: Exactly!

Rebecca: I don’t understand how my feelings could change so much in less than a chapter of THE ELITE

Alise: Yeah, it’s really hard to change a character completely so fast but Kiera Cass did. *claps sarcastically*

Rebecca: I was so disappointed
Rebecca: Maxon *cries*

Alise: Same. I think I was more disappointed in myself that I actually still enjoyed this. SOMEHOW

Rebecca: I thought it was meh
Rebecca: Didn’t enjoy it as much as I enjoyed THE SELECTION

Alise: Well we finished it so it had some entertainment.
Alise: Yeah I liked the first better.

Rebecca: It did.
Rebecca: I think one of the reasons I don’t like it that much is because the focus is still on the Selection and not on any rebels or the society
Rebecca: Minus those rushed predictable bits at the start (rebels) and end (king)

Alise: And Maxon/AspenMaxon/AspenMaxon/AspenMaxon/AspenMaxon/AspenMaxon/AspenMaxon/AspenMaxon/Aspen blah blah



Rebecca: *explodes from rage*

Alise: Well we never said she was smart haha

Rebecca: But surely she has common sense?!
Rebecca: What part of her actions make sense? NONE

Alise: Apparently not.

Rebecca: America was so disappointing as a heroine. Book one she came across as more selfless and dedicated to her family
Rebecca: Now her actions are so selfish and romance based
Rebecca: and it took her getting offended and upset (but something she should have known would happen because that’s what the competition is about) to actually do something and think about change

Alise: Yep, that’s exactly it.
Alise: I think she might get worse in the third book now that she is so determined.

Rebecca: I hate that the revolutionary thoughts were spawned from a death wish though
Rebecca: Oh god

Alise: Every character has like split personality disorder.
Alise: I feel like Cass was trying to add something other than romance when she added in America reading those journals but that failed miserably and was just boring.

Rebecca: Those were predictable

Alise: I skimmed them, they were kind of dumb.

Rebecca: Really wasn’t hard to figure out that guy’s motivations for founding this country. And now the king’s for ruling it
Rebecca: I’m waiting for the rebels to declare allegiance to America because she made a speech with ideals they agree to simply to piss Maxon and everyone off

Alise: At least the Northerners, yeah.

Rebecca: The Southerners want something too

Alise: Something.

Rebecca: It’d be similar
Rebecca: they’re just not as aggressive
Rebecca: What other motivations would the rebels have? Other than freedom and equality

Alise: I honestly am not quite sure Cass knows that aha

Rebecca: Yeah. It’s coming across as poorly handled. Like the only thing that really matters is the romance
Rebecca: Not the society or people or anything

Alise: Yeah, I think the rest was just thrown in so it’s not JUST romance.

Rebecca: So it can earn it’s dystopian genre label

Alise: That’s what I said last book.
Alise: It barely is a dystopian, only because that’s what it is marketed as.
Alise: Speaking of the romance. Aspen was just as flat and one-dimensional as ever, not really making any signifigant appearances.

Rebecca: He was barely in it again!
Rebecca: And he’s as bad as America with the risks he’s willing to take

Alise: Stupid boy.

Rebecca: I thought he’d be smarter than America

Alise: HA
Alise: And Maxon flip flopped between nice and caring and being a totally douchey player.

Rebecca: I KNOW

Alise: I KNOW

Rebecca: And I hate how America constantly focuses on the douchey stuff and his acts with the other girls

Alise: And yet still goes back to him
Alise: and “falls into his arms” ALL THE TIME

Rebecca: I never noticed that
Rebecca: Does she really say that?

Alise: There was like a sentence every chapter, “I couldn’t help myself, I fall into his arms” blah blah

Rebecca: I never noticed
Rebecca: watch me be super aware in THE ONE and pick up all of them

Alise: aha good.

Rebecca: She did didn’t she

Alise: She cried at the drop of a hat

Rebecca: In THE SELECTION she was so strong and secure with herself
Rebecca: Now she worries about the romance and if she’s loved

Alise: One time they were having a good time and she’s like “I was so tired and stressed I couldn’t help myself and I started crying.” WHAT

Rebecca: We barely hear a peep about her family anymore

Alise: Yeah she became this dependent, whiny baby.
Alise: So were there any positives? xD

Rebecca: We made some moves to changing society at the end? Though the circumstances that came about were terrible
Rebecca: We had a glimpse of the rebels and society. Briefly.
Rebecca: And none of her maids died

Alise: Baha that’s a good positive.

Rebecca: Kriss? was that her name?

Alise: Kriss yeah

Rebecca: And was so sappy

Alise: I know. She was just a name in the first book.

Rebecca: And then suddenly she’s America’s rival

Alise: Now she’s a major player, what the heck.
Alise: And it’s an actual competition now because of all the other circumstances.

Rebecca: Oh no now there’s someone Maxon might grow love *gasp* (it’s not like America spends time with other men she may or may not love *cough*)
Rebecca: Her hypocrisy was ridiculous

Alise: I know, she gets so mad at Maxon for doing what he is supposed to but fools around with Aspen all the time.

Rebecca: Even after Marlee

Alise: Poor Marlee….

Rebecca: It started properly after Marlee
Rebecca: I’ll miss Marlee. She was decent

Alise: Except for her poorly named… friend.
Alise: Woodwork.

Rebecca: bahahaha

Alise: WTF kind of name is that.
Alise: Seriously.

Rebecca: But we’ve never noticed him before. America ran into him because she couldn’t see. He really is
Rebecca: woodwork
Rebecca: *badum tssss*

Alise: bahahaha omg *wipes tear from eye*

Rebecca: thank you thank you
Rebecca: I am available 5 nights a week
Rebecca: sometimes

Alise: (chuckle)

Rebecca: when I am not reading horrible books

Alise: like this one *cough*

Rebecca: that make me bang my head against walls
Rebecca: maybe like this one
Rebecca: (nod)

Alise: aha

Rebecca: CAN I
Rebecca: CAN I

Alise: Le sigh. Okay.

Rebecca: Can it be metal and cut off America’s head :)

Alise: O.O

Rebecca: That’d solve the love triangle

Alise: Meh, why not.

Rebecca: Okay

Rating Report
Overall: 2

30 Responses to “Dual Chat Review: The Elite by Kiera Cass”

  1. Kezia

    Hahahaha seriously, this is funny! I like your chat reviews ;) I know that this series will fall into the meh category for me if I ever read it but I still wanna do it anyway. I guess I like torturing myself? XD

    America sounds like an unlikable MC and ugh, I hate it when the heroine goes back and forth between the love interests (except in TID). And the love interests seem flat and boring too…
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    • Bec

      They’re so much fun to do!

      Tessa never goes back and forth like America. And the boys in TID are not in any way boring >< America and co are just so disappointing.

  2. Andreea

    Funny post.

    I still have to read The Selection. I don’t know if I’ll like it though, but I will give it a try.


    • Bec

      Thanks! I wasn’t sure if I’d like The Selection but then it turned into a guilty pleasure book for me. Shame the sequel wasn’t as good.

  3. Sunny

    Haha! Love this! I so agreed with everything you guys said. I don’t understand what Cass was doing in this one. And I was thrown off at how much Kriss was important in this book. WOODWORK, HA! I didn’t even notice. Oy vey.

  4. Andrea

    I’m still on Chapter 2 and I can already tell I’m not going to be as thrilled with The Elite as I was with The Selection, which isn’t saying a whole lot. Yeah, I enjoyed The Selection, but I was hoping for so much more character depth and rebel forces than “I love Maxon. No, I love Aspen. No, I love Maxon.”

    Let’s pick a better book for next week, shall we? I need something happy. Not a series beginner that eventually rips my heart out followed by two “meh” books that serve only to annoy. Bad, us. Bad! :)
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    • Bec

      Same here. Hope you muster the strength to push through it. And then you can vent to us about it :)

      Maybe a stand alone for next month?

  5. Christina

    Lol. I haven’t read this one, because my friend and I reviewed the Selection in much the same way you two did, but actually really disliked the book, disliked America and the two romantic interests and why the rebels were able to so easily infiltrate the palace, which should be so heavily guarded. The fact that she flip flops between Aspen and Maxon again, and gets angry at Maxon for actually participating in the Competition, and that Maxon turns a tad touche-y makes me convinced that even the aspects which I had somewhat liked before (namely Maxon) are turning into negatives. Meh. I hope you two enjoy the One though, and that it meets your expectations! Hopefully it’ll restore your faith in America again. Y’know, before the spray of blood ;).
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    • Bec

      Yeah, I definitely recommend you don’t read The Elite. It’s all worse than in the first book. If The One isn’t any better I will throw the book against the wall.

  6. Rebecca

    America irritated me beyond belief in The Selection, so I’m definitely going to be skipping this one. I think the love triangle would annoy me and the world-building was kind of ridiculous. Thanks for your hones thoughts!
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  7. Becca

    Love the dual review!! I didn’t enjoy The Selection enough to read this, and after your review, I know I wouldn’t want to. The bouncing back between Maxon and Aspen would make me crazy. I can deal with it if I like both guys, but I definitely don’t like either of them enough to warrant a good love triangle.
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    • Bec

      Thanks! The bounding between the two is so annoying. And you’re right, I don’t like either of them enough to put up with it

  8. Candace

    I like the dual review! I don’t think it really explains things the same, but one thing I like is people true emotions to a story and I definitely got this here and that really gives me an idea of what to think of it. I hadn’t had a strong urge to read this series before, but I think I’ll definitely skip it now.
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  9. Megan (Ink Skies)

    So I basically LOL’d my way through this- both of you should really do this more often! (The ending was my favorite part.) Anyway, this is disappointing. I haven’t read THE SELECTION yet, but after seeing so many mixed reviews for both books, the series isn’t thy high on my list anymore. Ugh for annoying heroines. And I think the personality changes the characters went through would annoy me to death! Not particularly looking forward to this series anymore, eh… Great review, though! I loved how you just solved the problem with beheadment.
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    • Bec

      ahaha yay! We do them if we read the same book around the same time. They’re great fun.

      The series could still improve–the first book was decent enough–but I think the probability of that actually happening is really small.

  10. Aman

    I thought it would be my guilty pleasure, fun series but damn, the characters especially America seems REALLY annoying. I haven’t started this series, I’m waiting for the last book to come out to see if it’s really worth it, you know. Or I’m just being a lazy bum :D Anyways, I’m glad that you’re finding this series hilarious in a totally negative way. Great review!
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    • Bec

      The first book was a guilty pleasure. The guilty pleasureness just didn’t continue. It is pretty fun to tear into :)

  11. Kim @ Book Swoon

    Hello Alise and Bec! I loved your dual chat review of Elite! It is too bad that the focus in the Elite is still on the Selection and not on any rebels nor the society. And I’m sad America was disappointing as a heroine. :( I’ve been pretty excited to get to this book, but I suppose I may need to lower my expectations a little. Thanks for sharing the fun and informative review!
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  12. Bec


    You might enjoy it more than we did. I really hope you do now that you know what the focus and stuff is on.

  13. Sara (of The Page Sage)

    I’ve seen similar comments about the love triangle and America’s lack of common sense in other reviews, which is why I think I’ll pass on The Elite. Besides, I’d want more rebelling and less romancing (is romancing a word?) in the sequel.
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