Saturday, March 22, 2014

'Tocks! And completely comfortable with it

I couldn't sleep last night in the middle of the night so I read THE ELITE by Kiera Cass on Kindle. This is 2nd of a teen dystopian trilogy. The first was THE SELECTION. Here is a description of THE ELITE:
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.

Published in 2013, it has 337 pages. Yes, another of those rebellious 16-17 year old girls going up against the dystopian establishment. In this one, the society has a caste system (from Ones who are the top of the top down to Eights who are servants or homeless people and there is almost no opportunity to improve one's number) and the wrongness and manipulation of having a monarchy in what used to be the US. The shorthand for this trilogy is THE HUNGER GAMES (without the death) meets The Bachelor TV show. Not as good as THE HUNGER GAMES or DIVERGENT, but it was amusing and I read it in a couple hours when I couldn't sleep, so there is a positive. 

I'm very glad it's the weekend. It was another tough week. Next week is the last with the consultants. Finally. What we really have to do now is take it and run and grow the business. I am more positive about it than Steve, unfortunately.

Not a whole lot on TV tonight but I'm sure we'll surf for a bit, then I'll read. It is cold this weekend with skiffs of snow. I took the boys with me to get dog food at Petsmart earlier. Doing bedding and towels laundry. We may do fish for dinner, we'll see.

All right, off you go.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

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