The One by Kiera Cass


Title:  The One
Author:  Kiera Cass
Published:  May 6, 2014
Series:  The Selection #3
Genre:  Dystopian
Format:  Kindle
Source:  Purchased

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.

America is all in; she wants to win The Selection and win prince Maxon’s heart. But now that she’s chosen, she isn’t the only one in consideration anymore, and the King is doing everything he can to try to interfere with Maxon’s decisions. Meanwhile, attacks from the southern rebels grow more and more frequent.

Some of America’s antics and reactions to Maxon’s behaviors were annoying. She always acted so righteously angry when he spent time with another girl, which seemed silly since she was in a competition to win his affections. What did she expect him to do while she was playing hard to get–sit on his butt when he had three other girls lined up for him to potentially marry?

Overall, however, I have to say that I love America as a heroine. She’s fiery, passionate, and a little bit quirky, and I definitely grew to love her voice through this series. Throughout The SelectionThe Elite, and The One, Cass did a wonderful job of building America’s world and making her understand how she can help the world she’s suffered in as the future queen.

My other major complaint was that some of the major plot points felt a bit forced. For example, the scene with the rebel guards seemed extremely rushed; suddenly, Mer was in the safe room, and then I was reading about the demise of Maxon’s parents. This also seemed like it tied off the issues with King Clarkson’s monarchy a bit too cleanly (Maxon never had to face his father—he just inherited the kingdom and got to run it however he saw fit). I faced a similar issue with the ending in that I liked it, but it also felt a bit like it was brushed over. Obviously, we know from the beginning that America is going to be the one, but I felt like this wasn’t really a focal point. Such a small amount of time was spent on it that it seemed like a minor point of the story as opposed to the big climactic moment that it really was.

This was a very enjoyable read, and a wonderful conclusion to The Selection series. I give this book four out of five stars. I highly recommend the series to anyone who wants a lighter dystopian read.4 Stars


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