About the Book
Author: Kristen Young
Genre: Dystopian/Science Fiction
Release date: September 14, 2021
Where do you find safety when your world is falling apart?
Apprentice Flick thought the Elite Academy was the answer to all her problems. But the revelation of her past turned everything upside down. Now, she is caught between two worlds set on a collision course.
Will she embrace the chaotic memories that flood her every waking moment? Or will she run to the security of her Elite training?
Discovering her parents’ identities takes her to a secret underground bunker where she finds new friends, opportunities, and maybe even love. But Flick must decide where her allegiances lie soon, or the Triumph of Love festival might bring about her demise.
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“Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.” ― G.K. Chesterton.
Why do we write fiction? There are lots of reasons, really. We write because we have something
to say. Maybe we write because we just love creating stories. Perhaps we love to entertain. Or
perhaps we write because the stories want to be heard, and we’re just letting them fly.
Or perhaps we know that people want stories for a deeper reason. When life is hard, and work
is a struggle, and the world seems just a little too difficult, it’s a great time to escape into a
different place. Another world, where even though bad things happen, we know there will be a
The responsibility of authors is a heavy one. Our readers entrust their imaginations to us for a
short time, allowing us to draw them into a different place. We give them people to follow, and
let them see the world through other eyes. Dilemmas, threats, relationships and opportunities
— all of these things provide a journey for readers, and give them the chance to explore
alternate ways of dealing with life’s problems. We give people the thrill of knowing that even
under the heaviest challenges, there is a chance to grow and survive.
Chesterton said that children didn’t need to learn about dragons, but to know the dragons could
be overcome. Perhaps even as adults we need a little bit of that, too.
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Elite is the second installment from the Collective Underground series and my first introduction to Kristen Young’s books. Since it is part of a series, I believe it was probably best to read the first book, Apprentice, before beginning this one. However, I was able to catch on enough to enjoy Flick’s story. It is not my normal go to genre and it gives a good reason why I should go outside my comfort zone from time to time. It had a lot going on with action and adventure. I liked it.
I am giving Elite four stars. I recommend it for readers who enjoy reading clean young adult science fiction and fantasy. I look forward to reading more from the Collective Underground series in the future.
I received a digital copy of Elite from the publisher, but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.