The One by Kiera Cass

Posted on 06/04/2014 in Book Review / 5 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The One by Kiera CassThe One by Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #3
Published by Harper Teen on 5/6/2014
Genres: Dystopian, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 321
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
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The highly anticipated conclusion to Kiera Cass's #1 New York Timesbestselling 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'sDivergent, Ally Condie's Matched, or Lauren Oliver's Delirium.

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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.

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Find out who America will choose in The One, the enchanting, beautifully romantic third book in the Selection series!

Well, what a ride!  Let me start off by saying, I am so glad I ran across the big, bad review two years ago and decided to give The Selection a shot, because it’s a series I have thoroughly enjoyed.  Sometimes, a reader just needs their HEA. I can’t avoid spoilers from the previous two books, so you’ve been warned. I will attempt to be spoiler-free in this review for The One, however. The One picks up basically where The Elite left off.  There are four girls remaining (Celeste, Kriss, Elise and America) who are all vying for Maxon and a chance at the crown.  King Clarkson is displeased with America’s previous actions pertaining to Marlee and has made no secret he’d rather see her gone.  There’s will they or won’t they between Prince Maxon and America, as they bounce between flirting and trying to navigate the complicated waters of the selection process.  She struggles with believing he has feelings for her at time; he questions if she has feelings for him at all.  Sometimes this made me want to pull my hair out and stress-eat!  Just admit you love each other already!  Gah. Cass does more pulling at readers’ emotions in The One than in either of the other two novels or either novellas.  We’re privy to Maxon’s love letters, more looks inside America’s childhood home, political compassion from America.

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But the biggest of them all was getting me to love Celeste and then killing her off.  WHAT THE FUCK, CASS?!  I almost cried.
The reason I gave The One 3.5 stars is not because I didn’t like it enough to rate it higher.  I think it’s the strongest of all three books.  It’s because there were just enough naggling bits that bothered me.  For instance, conflict for the sake of conflict.  There is one scene toward the end of the book that just erupts, almost as if from nowhere, and I felt no sense of urgency reading it.  In fact, it felt like a trope to move the characters in a direction the author wanted them to go, except she didn’t know how else to get them there.  Those who have read it will know what I’m talking about. The plot with the Northern rebels just kind of dies off.  A huge part of The One involves politics and the rebels, but the Northern rebel plot peters out before it ever really gets going, except for the scene  I mentioned above, which didn’t really even involve them, except for what is mentioned off-page. Convenient deaths were pretty freakin’ convenient.  The One is technically a dystopian with lotsa romance sprinkled baked in, and what’s a dystopian without people dying in it, amirite?!  Some of the deaths, however, felt like plot devices.  “Hey, I don’t really need that person anymore *bang*.”  OH DRAMA!
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And her Dad’s death was a “problem with his heart”?  GIVE ME A BREAK.  I can’t think of a worse way to go out in a book like this one.
  BUT, it was still a really great story!  I laughed, I sniffled a tiny bit, I was rooting for my favorite characters.  It’s easy reading, but it’s the kind you can get lost in and that’s still the best kind to me.

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Jennifer is both a book nerd and professional photographer. That means she lives in the fantasy world all the time, whether of her making, or someone else's. She collects books like the Duggar family collects kids, and began waiting for her Hogwarts letter at the tender age of 33.

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