Book: The One by Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #3
Date Published: May 6th, 2014
Date Started: May 19th, 2014
Date Finished: May 20th, 2014
Other Books Reviewed: The Selection, The Elite
*This review has spoilers for the other two books. If you haven’t read them yet, I urge you to go check out my other two reviews of the books.
Its finally here! The final book in the Selection series! I’ve been waiting for this book for a long time, and I got really lucky in how fast I got it!
Anyways, if you have read The Selection or The Elite, then you might have been anticipating the conclusion to this book as well. When I read The Elite, I finished it in one day in one sitting. I knew once I got my hands on The One, it would be the same way. I would have finished it last night, but it got way too late and I couldn’t keep my eyes open anymore.
If you’ve read the other two books, then you can probably assume what the book is about, but I’m going to give a little synopsis anyways. So with the first book, 35 girls had been selected to try and win the heart of Prince Maxon, the heir to the throne of Illea. America was torn between her love for her past love, Aspen, or for the prospect of this new love. In The Elite, the group of 35 girls had been shaved down to just a handful. America was still struggling between who to choose, Aspen or Maxon. The rebel threat had become more dangerous to the palace walls, and America herself was becoming a threat to the King. In The One, there are only four girls left. America realizes that there is so much at stake. She stands to lose Maxon to one of the other girls, and the rebel threat is growing stronger. America realizes she needs to fight for the things that she loves.
Its hard to describe the book without giving too many details away. This book is a fairytale, but the journey to the end of the book is what is most important. I had more fun reading the meat of the book than actually getting to the end. Mostly because I felt like a few key important plots were easily brushed off. I’m not going to discuss them here because even just mentioning a name would give away too much of the story. With my other reviews, I was proud of how America was standing up for what she believed in. But in quite honesty, I think that I was more proud of Maxon. He had the most character development in this book, and he was really shaping up to be the king that everyone knew that he could be.
What I was surprised about, was the fact that I got to like the other girls in the selection. Especially Celeste. We got to know her on a deeper level, and she doesn’t seem like that stuck up diva that we were introduced to in the first book. We also get to know the maids a little bit better. I always loved America’s maids. They have such deep devotion to America and are proud to be by her side.
I’m going to be honest here. This isn’t a fluffy fairytale where EVERYTHING is happy go lucky. The journey to the ending is a rough one. Thats why I like the journey a little bit better. You’ll cry. Your jaw will drop. You’ll jump up and down with glee. You won’t be disappointed.
Also, there is going to be another short novella out December 2nd about Queen Amberly and her own selection. I look forward to it, even though its months away from now.