Title: The One
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: Book #3 in the Selection series
Publisher: HarperTeen – an imprint of HarperCollins
Publication Date: May 6, 2014
Genres: Young Adult – Dystopian, Romance
Format: Purchased Hardcover
“The One” by Kiera Cass is the third book in the Selection series. It’s the conclusion to Maxon’s and America’s story and oh my, did I love it. Obviously since this is the third book there will be spoilers so if you haven’t read the first two books, or checked out my reviews for them here and here, please do.
Thirty-five girls entered the Selection in the hopes of winning Prince Maxon’s heart. Six girls were left. Only one can be crowned.
In this book I believe that America grew so much as a person and her character really shined throughout. She made sacrifices and lost a lot in this novel, but she always came out strong in the end with her head held high. I think that she really grew as a person in this book not only for those losses and sacrifices, but that she finally realized what she wanted, how strong her love for Maxon was, and just what she was willing to do not only for him, but for Illea as well.
Throughout this book America has to make tough decisions: can she send a practically innocent man to jail for the rest of his life? Can she fully give up her love for Aspen? Can she admit, not only to herself, but to Maxon that she loves him? Can she be the new princess of Illea?
In many ways the way the plot lead up to her making the decisions based on those situations definitely proved to show her character. Not only did we learn more about the Northerners and their support of a change in the way the government is run, but we got to learn that America’s love for the people and how well she relates to them goes. She spared a thief who committed a petty crime for his family his life in prison by giving away jewels that Maxon had given to her as a gift, as well as the necklace her father had given her. She took all of the king’s threats in stride, though they scared her whenever they were delivered, but she never backed down. She allowed some girl who was an Eight on the street to work in the palace, asking Maxon for permission for her to do so, and he allowed it.
Overall I think America did pretty well in this book and I am so happy for her.
Maxon grew, too, I think, though I was upset that if he loved America so much that I didn’t understand why he just couldn’t say it. If he had before and she had sooner, they could have been happier a lot earlier, but I get that he was conflicted and couldn’t really understand her feelings. Though he was kind of a jerk a few times, he overall impressed me with how mature he was and how much he had to go through. The beatings from his father, learning about that, was probably one of the hardest. I really shouldn’t be surprised, but I was when I read about it. I think it made him a better man, though, because he stood up against his father, never backing down. His character really showed in this book, as well, and I’m glad that he grew.
Aspen grew, too, and he grew away from America. Both of them did, actually, in their own way and time. I’m glad he found happiness in the end and that he was always the protector.
Now, as for the plot, I enjoyed it. There wasn’t as much drama, in terms of the relationships and everything, but there was drama via the attacks and destruction at the palace. We got to learn more about Celeste and I really came to like her in the end. In fact, all four of the remaining Elite I came to like in their own way. We got to learn more about the Northerners and how they operate, as well as their goals, and I thought that they were respectable and kind.
Everything sort of became intense, in a way, especially toward the end. I was so peeved at Maxon for not giving America time to explain certain situations, but after that I think he redeemed himself. There are a few things I wish had been in the book, and a few things I wished hadn’t happened, but overall I am pleased with this third installment. It didn’t disappoint.
Really, overall, I highly enjoyed this book. I was mad, sad, super happy, and overall I loved it.
I rate this book 5/5 stars and highly recommend it.
Overall, this trilogy (since it originally was a trilogy) gets a rating of 4.5/5 stars.
Accompanying video: The Selection Trilogy Book Review