The Elites is a post apocalyptic novel about the city Neo-Babel. After a huge world war Neo-Babel is the only city left standing. The city was a social experiment before the end of the world, where all cultures came and lived together. As such, The Elites is full of a culturally diverse cast of characters.
Silver is an elite, someone chosen for their genetic superiority and bread from a young age to be skilled soldiers. Her best friend is Butterfly, a boy who had wings grafted into his back.
I enjoyed The Elites. The concept of the novel is not unique, but it was something that felt fresh. It was engaging, had good writing, a good plot, and realistic characters. It was a solid good novel.
However, I could see where it could have been amazing. With some tweaks of the dialogue, a more detailed background, and more culture thrown in the book would have been a solid excellent novel. Having read Ngan's latest book (The Girls of Paper and Fire) I know how she has grown as an author. While The Elites is a good novel, it is not the same excellence as her latest work.
With that being said, The Elites was still a very enjoyable read.
I love the dystopian genre. I think there is something about tarring down the system and making the world a better place that resonates with our current society. Just look at the protest in Hong Kong. We are living in a world that needs to be fixed. I think that is why dystopian literature is so popular at the moment, and why it is mostly geared towards young adults.
I had no idea what to expect when I first picked up The Woodlands. It was free and looked interesting. I had no idea that it was going to be such an amazing series, well book since I have not finished the series.
The writing is good, allowing you to forget the words and get lost in the characters. The characters have their flaws, but that is what helps make them real. I found them to be realistic and agreeable given the society.
The plot is interesting. It is not majorly unique in dystopian literature. However it is not boring and overdone as well. I cannot wait until I get book two and continue on in the series.
This is book is amazing. Shusterman is an extremely gifted author who creates vivid new worlds. His characters are so believable that they become real. You relate with them and struggle with them. Their fear becomes your fear. His world is not our own, but how easily it could be. The rationalization makes sense and in our current climate you could see how easily something so horrific could start taking place.
If anything this book was too real.
I am the parent of three teenagers all of which have special needs. While they are all amazing they also have struggles. There is a long history of doing away with children like my own. They were put in camps during the Holocaust, shoved in unsafe asylums, and any number of atrocity. In Shusterman's world my children would not stand a chance. I think this is why it hit a little too close to home to me. I just cannot see myself being able to continue reading this series.
Yet it is a story that needs to be told. People need to think about the value they put on other people's lives and the justifications they use to devalue them.
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