Title: The One
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #3
Publication: May 6th 2014 by HarperTeen
Genre: Young Adult ~ Dystopia
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Cover Rating: 5/5 (Gorgeous!)
Overall Rating: 3/5
The highly anticipated conclusion to Kiera Cass’s #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series, The One will captivate readers who love dystopian YA fiction and fairy tales. The One is the perfect finale for fans who have followed America’s whirlwind romance since it began–and a swoon-worthy read for teens who have devoured Veronica Roth’s Divergent, Ally Condie’s Matched, or Lauren Oliver’s Delirium.
The Selection changed America Singer’s life in ways she never could have imagined. Since she entered the competition to become the next princess of Illéa, America has struggled with her feelings for her first love, Aspen–and her growing attraction to Prince Maxon. Now she’s made her choice . . . and she’s prepared to fight for the future she wants.
Find out who America will choose in The One, the enchanting, beautifully romantic third book in the Selection series!
This series has been very up and down for me. From absolutely loving The Selection to having The Elite be one of the worst books I read. The One was somewhere in between. I didn’t love it, but didn’t hate it either. It was much better than The Elite and I liked it. I liked what happened in the book and I really liked the ending.
I must admit I didn’t have high expectations for this book, thinking it would be just as bad or even worse than The Elite. So you can understand my surprise that I actually liked The One. It had a lot to do with the fact that in this book America wasn’t running back and forth between Aspen and Maxon. It made things a whole lot better, much to my relief. I’ve always liked America as a character and heroin in this series. Of course my love for her went down a notch in the previous book but now I’m back to liking her. I love her spunk and how she always tried to do the right thing even when people tell her to not do it.
I also didn’t think Maxon wasn’t as much of an ass in this book. I’m not saying I love him (like I did in the first book) but he wasn’t as bad I thought. Also the other girls didn’t annoy me nearly as much as they did before. Well, maybe Kriss did a little bit but I even came to like Celeste, believe it or not.
There was also more action in this book than was in the previous or even the first one. I’m a girl who needs action in her books to stop it from being completely boring so I was really content in that area. We got more insight into the rebels, both north and south and I loved the little twists with America’s father and Kriss also.
I have to say that some of the drama earlier on in this book between America and Maxon annoyed me a bit. I feel like it could’ve been avoided if only they’d been honest about their feelings. Especially America to Maxon, concerning her earlier relationship with Aspen. Speaking of Aspen… *spoiler alert* I’m so glad he’s not left off to be alone and that he found someone. He deserves it!
So I’m pretty happy about the way this book ended. It was a pretty unexpectedly emotional read for me. I even cried a little bit. It was also a fast read. I read it in about a day because I just couldn’t stop myself from reading. There were quite few unexpected twists and a few deaths I hadn’t seen coming which shocked me but overall The One was a pretty nice book and a perfect ending.
Kiera Cass graduated from Radford University with a degree in History. She grew up in South Carolina and currently lives in Blacksburg, Virginia with her family. In her spare time, Kiera enjoys reading, dancing, making videos, and eating unhealthy amounts of cake. You can learn more about Kiera at kieracass.com, follow her on twitter via @kieracass, and see her silly videos at YouTube.com/user/kieracass.