When I first started listening to The Elite (audiobook), I was expecting more of the first. Which isn’t bad, but certainly isn’t good. You can read my review of the first here. Anyway, The Elite was a fantastic book. So good and so overarching that I go as far as to recommend you SKIP the first one. You simply don’t need it, nothing important happens. It’s like the one boring chapter in a book that adds nothing.
In The Elite, the main character, America, continues with the selection, competing for the prince’s hand in marriage. The difference is that instead of having 20+ flat, one dimensional contestants (and Celeste), there are only six. It’s like the Dragonball world tournaments, where we’ve moved on from the qualifiers (which they started skipping, because they are boring and pointless) and gone to the full tournament. The fights, err, competitions are meaningful and the opponents have purpose! You learn about the competitors and the competitions are actually relevant, like when they have to make banquets for foreign visitors. My favourite element of The Elite and its sequel, the One was the rebels. It turns out that I’m not the only one who though that this aspect was interesting. You delve deep into why the United States has become a monarchy and the differences between the two rebel groups. You meet rebels, instead of them just being people who attack and destroy. You finally get to see their full destructive potential, before it’s washed off the walls.
This all continued into The One very cleanly. It felt like the same book, but in a good way. The girls got whittled down to four, then three. My favourite character, Celeste, finally got redeemed. I was hoping we’d get to see the side of her I liked and excited when it happened. The ending of The One, however, was terrible. I could tell it was rushed. It was like the author thought, “How can I get the king out of the picture in case I need a sequel?” or “How can I make sure that they have no guidance when the ascend, in case I need a sequel?” AND now my favourite can’t appear in any of those supposed sequels. Just, very aggravating. Now I’m going to talk about the upcoming book, err, it’s actually out. This time we focus on the child of the two main characters of the previous trilogy. I have only heard reviews, so here is my impression and thoughts.
I am very disappointed that we aren’t sticking with the old couple and doing ANOTHER SELECTION. I know there’s a twist, since it’s a reverse harem this time, but STILL.
I don’t know why content creators think that once the couple is together, they have to move on, but it’s simply not true. Case in point, Love Hina. It’s a manga where the main two get together in, like, chapter 40. of 120. I would have loved to see the two run their country and implement Maxon’s “magic plan.” I would have loved to see them develop further, and join forces with the Northerners, and deal with the Southerners. I would have loved to see the south towns get fixed, and for them to stop being considered the slums, but no.
I am going to give this (audio)book a chance though, and judge it for what it is, not what I wanted it to be.