Book Review: The One by Kiera Cass

July 29, 2014 Young Adult Book Reviews 0 ★★★½

Book Review: The One by Kiera CassTitle: The One by Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #3
Published by: HarperTeen on May 6, 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Romance, Young Adult
Source: YABC
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 323
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THE SELECTION changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. Now, only one will claim Prince Maxon’s heart…

It’s swoon meets the Hunger Games in the final instalment of THE SELECTION trilogy!

For the four girls who remain at the palace, the friendships they’ve formed, rivalries they’ve struggled with and dangers they’ve faced have bound them to each other for the rest of their lives.

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 realises just how much she stands to lose – and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.

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

One Line: A decent conclusion to an interesting trilogy.

What I Loved: I loved the whole “Selection” parts of the book. Having America interact with the other girls, the Queen (who was in a Selection of her own), and Maxon was definitely the best parts of the book for me. While competing for a guys attention against several other girls isn’t exactly ideal, it’s true that you kind of develop a special relationship with your peers because no one else would understand what you’re going through. I discovered I liked some girls more than I originally thought, and others, not so much. I would’ve been completely happy if the series just focused on this aspect of the story, even if it would’ve turned out to be a bit fluffy.

Left Me Wanting More: I really wanted there to be more romance, whether it was between America and Maxon or American and Aspen (even though I’m pretty much Team Maxon). As much as I loved America and Maxon’s relationship, often times it felt forced and awkward. There were too many moments of misunderstandings and not enough substance for my liking. I kind of didn’t like how the revolution drama was added into the story. Sure, it wasn’t all about the romance, but I would’ve liked the whole series to either focus on “The Selection” (like a dating show kind of thing) or on the revolution. It felt like Cass was trying her best to give equal time to both aspects of her story, and a lot of the time it was kind of just jumbled together and not very well thought out on either end.

Final Verdict: Overall, if you enjoyed this series, you’ll definitely want to see how it ends. It’s obvious though, who America will end up with, but it’s fun to see how they end up together. There was definitely more involving the “revolution” and all that drama than there was romance, but it was still a decent ending to the series. I really enjoyed it.

*This review was first published on YABC.*

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