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 The One (The Selection #3) by Kiera CassAuthor: Kiera Cass
Series: (The Selection #3)
Published: May 6th 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Categories: Dystopia, Romance, Young Adult
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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.

Review:

The One by Kiera Cass is a lukewarm and very predictable ending to The Selection series. I know I’m not the biggest fan of it (but my sister is) but it was entertaining in some level so that made me hold onto this series ‘til the end. I’m not excited like the others but I’m still curious. But it’s more on verifying those details rather than the eagerness to know because I didn’t. Like I said it was very predictable.

“you are denying me your love. It’s the only thing I’ve wanted in this entire competition, and you still hold back. I keep waiting for you to say it, and you won’t. If you couldn’t say it out loud in front of him, fine. But if you had simply agreed, that would have been good enough for me.” — Maxon

I found it pointless that it dragged this love triangle this long. I saw the book trailer and made me cringed that up until this point it was still about it. I mean, it was very obvious from the first book as to who America will end up with; it’s about how they’ll get there (with selection process in the equation). This is what made me ticked off with America. She was still holding to Aspen like a back-up plan, and the poor sap got to see them all lovey-dovey in the bed. I don’t understand the need to explain to him what has happened. I think he doesn’t need to know, he doesn’t need an assurance that they weren’t intimate because it was not his place to know. America, you were torturing the dude. I don’t mean that she should be cold towards him but her private affairs should be between her and Maxon.

I expected that it will be intense especially on the rebel side but that was very anticlimactic conclusion. I found out about her father’s role with the rebels even that was explained in a way that is too simple for a reveal (or maybe that’s just me because I see it as vital information). Then the other girl spilling her guts (who also like America in some way) telling her that she loved Maxon and her ‘connection’ did not matter (at least to me; since the competition has long sailed let just stop it already.) Anyway, going back to the rebels…well, about that, there’s nothing I can add, in retrospect it was only a ploy to add a bit of drama in a very simple theme.

I foresee the ending from the very beginning. I knew that is where things will head and it did, as precisely as I predicted. Now, I’m not against happily ever afters but this is one of those endings that didn’t do much on me because of how rightly things fell into places. In the end, Maxon and America did little development but since they were dancing along some pretty plot lines there wasn’t much to explore.

Rating: 
Preview Quote: “All I could do was move forward and hope that whenever we drifted, we would somehow find a way back to each other.”  — America

2014 / 05 / 10

10 Responses to Review: The One

  1. I’m debating if I should finish this series or not. If my co-blogger buys the book, maybe then I’ll borrow it. It just seems like a summary from her will suffice though.

  2. I still don’t know if I’ll continue The Selection. America is one of the most infuriating book characters I have encountered, and because of her I can’t even push myself to finish the first book. I have to admit that the whole story, let me quote you, ” is entertaining in some level” but still ugh. It’s more saddening that the last book didn’t even bring a spark of improvement to the love triangle and even to the conclusion. Sigh :< Great review, Mitchii!

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I know what you mean Abby, I’m not America’s biggest fan as well. Sadly it didn’t, it’s like huge box of present with just tiny thing inside… *sighs*

  3. Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books says:

    I like the Selection series but I found the One to be kind of boring. I heard that it was going to be awful and I don’t think that it is. I just think that it’s boring because what I predicted was going to happen happened, and although other stuff that I didn’t see coming, happened, it wasn’t mind-blowing excitement. I thought it was okay. I like some ideas that Cass had but I don’t think that it was executed to its potential.

  4. I hated all the books in The Selection series, honestly xD But I found myself to be pretty entertained by The One, so I actually gave it a three :P The only reason why I really continued was because there’s this addicting thing about the series, no matter how much you hate the characters/the idea, and you really want to know what happens in the end! :D But I have to agree, it was quite a predictable ending hurhur :P Wonderful review, Mitchii! <3

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Exactly, and because I want to know I still tried. Although I knew what’s going to happen, I’m still glad that I read and to close America’s story once and for all.

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