The One ~ Kiera Cass

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Reviewing the final book in the Selection Series ( i think as it consists of another 2 books but it focuses on someone else). Its The One by Kiera Cass. America is such a frustrating protagonist, but these books are so fast and addictive I CAN’T PUT THEM DOWN. 

About The One

The One by Kiera Cass

Series: Selection #3

Published by HarperTeen

Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Dystopian, Fantasy

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The time has come for one winner to be crowned.

When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.

Initial Thoughts

WOWWW THE COVER! I am so in love. 
All I want is a royal wedding between Maxon and America, okay. That’s it.

The thing is I was most worried about with The One was the love triangle. Would it be solved or would I be left hanging.

The One

Review of The One

Come On…

I’m just going to come right out and say it, the love triangle was frustrating to me in The One. I understood it in the first book, where America is torn between the world of fives and sixes that she knows and the world of ones and Maxon. She clings to Aspen, despite the pain he caused her because he was part of her old world and she wasn’t sure she could fit into the new one. I got that.

That aspect of America’s conflict made sense to me. What I didn’t like was how that became her central thought process; I wished more time could have been spent with her feeling torn between two worlds, not two men who represented those worlds.

The One is possibly, by far, my favorite book in this entire trilogy. However, I believe that The Selection comes close to being a favorite too. However, The One is it’s own unique brand of favorite in my mind, because while The Selection was a warm up for everything that was going to happen, The One was a roller-coaster of angst, almost-there’s and extremely swoon-worthy moments; something The Selection didn’t have enough of.

America…

I was glad to find that this finale novel contained much less of America’s frustrating actions. Compared to The Elite, this novel really toned down on America’s impulsive, annoying nature. I was sure that I wouldn’t be able to handle anymore of it after finishing The Elite. Of course, she did have her moments, and her indecisiveness was still alive and kicking.

I still wanted to shake America to wake her up to her senses. Honestly, her indecision between Maxon and Aspen was simply ridiculous by this point. If America hadn’t cut off Aspen so many times and just let the man speakso much trouble would have been saved!

My favorite parts of the book are when America is quietly and respectfully subversive; she is given several chances to use her new status to affect change, and she does so. The people end up loving her, she wins the heart of the prince and her presence and genuinely honest nature gains the kingdom new allies that it might not otherwise have had.

Relationship

I also really enjoyed the relationship America had with Maxon. I thought they were sweet together and I was pretty sure that the love triangle wasn’t as much as much of a triangle as America thought it was. It was well fleshed out over the course of the series and they ended up caring for each other deeply. Because of this, I ended up giving the book a higher romance rating than I expected.

More than anything, one of my favourite parts of this novel is Maxon. Prince Maxon. Oh goodness, I can honestly say throughout this entire novel, I was swooning over him, even when he wasn’t doing anything swoon-worthy. I wonder how America could hold off for three entire books without falling so in love with Maxon

Plot

I read this for the story, for the crazy romance and the journey, rather than an intricate plot, well-built world or amazing writing. The plot of this novel is fairly average. I’ve said this before in other reviews previously, but there are possibilities for different directions for this series. It could have easily became an intense and brilliantly written adventure with political intrigue and a beautiful romance, but alas, no.

However, there were some great action scenes, and I loved the twist with the rebels. I liked seeing more involvement of the rebels in the entire story and there were even some unexpected surprises along the way!

And..

Although I rushed to get through this so I could see how it all ended, I now feel kind of sad that it’s over. But, Kiera Cass did bring everything to a conclusion with nothing left unresolved. I want to say again that this is a fantastic series and has a beautiful and heart stopping conclusion. If you have not started the series yet, I hope that these words will inspire you to read it. I don’t think you will regret it.

There’s not much to say about this book really, except that it’s addictive.

Closing Thoughts

I cared about everything. Yes, America is stupid and Aspen is awful but it just didn’t matter. Maxon and his parents were such real characters that I felt as if everything that happened affected me personally. I welled up more than once because it was so moving; although I do admit to being a slight wuss in general.

Usually the first book in a series is the best and it goes downhill until the third book consists of just some anti-climactic fighting in some rebel camp. It’s the exact opposite here – The One is clearly, clearly the best.

The One is the final book in the series and so has to wrap everything up from the previous books. For the most part, The One covers the major plot points, which I’m not going to mention in detail because of spoilers. Overall, it’s a satisfactory conclusion to a series that I think is a bit like cotton candy. It’s fluffy, warm and sweet, perfect for a warm summer day or for reading while you’re curled up in a big, fluffy blanket with cocoa.

“Break my heart. Break it a thousand times if you like. It was only ever yours to break anyway.”