As with the first book, I was less than impressed with the second book. I didn’t have to pay for this one, so I gave it a shot, and should the same happen for the next in the series, I will likely read that as well.
I’m sort of torn about this series, because at times it almost seems like there’s real potential for it to be good – then I read through it and find myself disappointed all over again.
The writing style is good, if simplistic, and the storytelling itself is fine. There’s a good dose of in scene moments as well as summary, so it doesn’t feel like it’s being bogged down – except when it’s the stuff about the dating and the selection, which is unfortunate since that’s the whole point of the story.
So, my main problem is that once again I felt like there wasn’t much happening. By the end, I felt like we were starting to get a peek at some real things, real problems, and I enjoyed that, but I never felt like things were serious. There was a disappointing lack of intensity and once again, I wonder how it’s possible that anyone would recommend this series to people who liked the Hunger Games.
And that doesn’t mean the series (this book) is terrible. It just doesn’t have a lot going on. If you’re looking for a “Bachelor” type of story, centered on romance and dating and the drama that comes about as a result, then this is a story for you. It just wasn’t what *I* was hoping for. Which makes it seem silly that I started reading it at all, but I was expecting that there was more beneath the exterior. I was anticipating that there was real *danger* and there just hasn’t been.
As I mentioned, by the end of The Elite, I felt like there was some real seriousness brewing and I feel like it leads into real promise for the next book, but I just feel like I shouldn’t have to sit through two books to start thinking that this isn’t just a Pretty Pretty Princess game.
Anyway, if I run across book 3 for free, it’ll be the same as this. I’ll read it and hope for the best, but I won’t go out and buy this, not even for a penny plus shipping.
Title: The Elite (The Selection #2)
Author: Kiera Kass
Approximate Length: 336 pages
I have an ebook version. (Again, love this cover.)