Book Review: The One

The One CoverBook: The One by Kiera Cass

Published May 2014 by HarperCollins|225 pages

Where I Got It: the Nook store

Series: The Selection #3

Genre: YA Dystopic

You can find The One on goodreads & Kiera Cass on TwitterFacebook and her website

Goodreads Summary: 

The Selection changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. And now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen.

America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the competition approaches its end 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.

From the very first page of The Selection, this #1 New York Times bestselling series has captured readers’ hearts and swept them away on a captivating journey… Now, in The One, Kiera Cass delivers a satisfying and unforgettable conclusion that will keep readers sighing over this electrifying fairy-tale long after the final page is turned.

What I Thought:

I’ve really enjoyed this series, and I’m sad to see it end, because it’s different than a lot of other dystopic series I’ve read. But I actually think that this book is my favorite series!

Like, I really love the relationship that America seemed to have with her dad.  It was something we saw a little bit of in the previous books, but after reading this one, I wish we saw more of it.  Although…given everything we learn in the book, I’m not completely sure.  There’s so much we learn in this book- at least, that’s what it seems like in comparison to the other books- and I wish the dystopic elements of the book came through more.  I don’t mind the romance (even though it was predictable, and certain things that happened didn’t surprise me) but I felt like the dystopic aspect took a backseat.

Still, I was glad Maxon and America finally got it together, because that was one of the more frustrating parts of the entire series.  We still saw bits and pieces of their indecision and not wanting to admit to their feelngs in this book, but thankfully, it wasn’t as bad as the previous book.

And…I actually warmed up to Celeste in this book!  I felt like I understand how she acted in the last two books so much better after reading this one.  Once she actually let her guard down a little, she was actually not that bad.  I get why we didn’t see it before, but I am glad she wasn’t who I thought.

Back to the break-ins and conflict with the rebel groups: after everything we’ve learned about them and how Illea got started, I was expecting more than what we get.  Don’t get me wrong, I liked what we learned, and I’m really happy with how things were resolved, but I did expect it to have more of an impact than what we saw in the book.

I did love the book, though, and I’m glad everything came together in such a great way!

Let’s Rate It:

I loved The One and thought it came together in a way that the other two books didn’t.  Still, I wish that it didn’t take the entire series for it to come together.  But I’m actually willing to overlook it, because it was hard to put down at times, and there were parts of that I was so glad we saw.  The One gets 5 stars.

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: The One

  1. I was pleasantly surprised with how this series ended. I loved the first book, but the second book I thought was just awful. I was expecting nothing from the last book, so it was so much better than I thought it would be.

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