The One by Kiera Cass

The OneThe One by Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #3
Published by: HarperTeen on May 6, 2014
Genre: Dystopian, Romance
Pages: 352
Source: Purchased
Book Details
Rating: ★★★★

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.

Just like with the rest of the books in the series, I had almost a morbid fascination and obsession with The One. On the one hand, I absolutely hate the idea of a competition to become a bride. It’s disgusting. If I were America, I’d hate it that Maxon needs to date three other girls to be sure that I’m the right one for him. It’s kind of insulting.. like, “I’m not really sure about you so I need to take a few other girls for a test ride.” Hello, not romantic.

But on the other hand, I was kind of addicted. I so desperately wanted America to be chosen and I loved cheering her on! I felt like such a fan girl.

One of my favourite things about The One was the relationships between The Elite girls. We got to know them a lot better in this book, but they also kind of became friends and I loved that! And by “friends”, I actually mean braiding each others’ hair, gossiping, and just being girls together. It was so freaking cute!

I do think that The One had the same problems as the other books in the series: not enough information about the rebellion. Even in this last book, I feel like we still have so little information. Yes we have more than we did before, but nowhere near enough for me to be able to say I understand the rebellion. Then, at the end, View Spoiler »

But even so, that didn’t stop The One from being a really fun and entertaining book. I don’t think I’ve read any other books in the world faster than I read The Selection books. It’s so easy to just sit down, get lost in the competition, and devour the heck out of those books. Even if The One is a bit lacking in the political/rebellion department, it will definitely satisfy you in the entertainment/romance department!

The Verdict


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  1. I absolutely adored the One as we’ll! You’re right, it’s definitely easy to get into the story and kind of forget about everything else until your done with it.

    The ending was a bit open, but I guess the whole rebellion thing was just a small part of this book, and didn’t get enough emphasis. No matter, I really liked it. Great review, Ashley!

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  2. I feel like I was in the minority of the series (at least in my group of friends), I liked the series and despite hearing some worrying things about The One, I wanted it because I wanted to complete the series. I don’t think it was disappointing like people were telling me but I didn’t wasn’t in love with it. I thought it was okay. I just hate that I predicted all of the major stuff and I hated the flow of the novel. But still, I’m pretty happy with the way it ended. It’s definitely a pretty solid and fulfilling ending to the series.

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  3. I actually didn’t like the first two books. I thought it was stupid that Maxon had to date 35 girls. It kind of reminds e of that reality show The Bachelor. But even if i didn’t like the first two books I did like The One. I thought it ended really well. I rate the first two books 3 stars and I think I’m gonna give this one 4 stars 🙂

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    1. Yeah it’s totally like The Bachelor! It’s so not romantic. I would be kind of offended if I were one of those girls.. like you have to date 34 other girls to check and see if I’m the right one for you? Ugh, no thank you!

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