Thursday, June 5, 2014

The One by Kiera Cass

The One

By Kiera Cass

Blurb: The highly anticipated conclusion to Kiera Cass's #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series, The One will captivate readers who love dystopian YA fiction and fairy tales. The One is the perfect finale for fans who have followed America's whirlwind romance since it began--and a swoon-worthy read for teens who have devoured Veronica Roth's Divergent, Ally Condie's Matched, or Lauren Oliver's Delirium.
The Selection changed America Singer's life in ways she never could have imagined. Since she entered the competition to become the next princess of Illéa, America has struggled with her feelings for her first love, Aspen--and her growing attraction to Prince Maxon. Now she's made her choice . . . and she's prepared to fight for the future she wants.
Find out who America will choose in The One, the enchanting, beautifully romantic third book in the Selection series!
The highly anticipated conclusion to Kiera Cass's #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series, The One will captivate readers who love dystopian YA fiction and fairy tales. The One is the perfect finale for fans who have followed America's whirlwind romance since it began--and a swoon-worthy read for teens who have devoured Veronica Roth's Divergent, Ally Condie's Matched, or Lauren Oliver's Delirium.
The Selection changed America Singer's life in ways she never could have imagined. Since she entered the competition to become the next princess of Illéa, America has struggled with her feelings for her first love, Aspen--and her growing attraction to Prince Maxon. Now she's made her choice . . . and she's prepared to fight for the future she wants.
Find out who America will choose in The One, the enchanting, beautifully romantic third book in the Selection series!

Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Dystopian, Chick Lit

Publication Date: May 6, 2014

Pages: 323

Series: The Selection (book 3)

  Like all good series, The Selection must come to an end. It was a pretty awesome end, though, and for that I am relieved; with all the sad and cry-worthy endings we have gotten from Dystopian trilogies (Divergent, HG, etc.) I was really starting to fear that something terrible would happen. It didn't. I felt the ending was exactly what fans wanted.

I am a bit saddened, though, that I could not give this the five stars I so wanted to give the last book in one of my favorite series. None of these books ever earned a complete five stars from me, all because they had little issues that irked me, and The One was no different; but, I'll get to those later. Right now I am simply going to talk about what I loved.

MAXON. MAXON > ASPEN, okay guys? Okay. The tender, awesome, lovely Maxon moments were enough to make any fangirl squeal with happiness. (I'm not quite a fangirl of Maxon. So I didn't squeal OUT LOUD. But in my head...squealing.) Sure, Maxon isn't perfect. Like, I don't care you are on a Dystopian-royal-Bachelor-type competition, STOP FLIRTING WITH KRISS. I don't care if you 'have to'. Ugh. And just tell America you love her! Because otherwise half the drama in this book would be gone. But honestly, there were a lot of Maxon moments that totally made up for that.

I loved that America stood up to King Clarkson. That's what keeps me not getting totally mad at her; she knows how to awesomely tick the king off. Say what you will about America, but that aspect about her character is something that I really like.

The ending. While there were a few things I absolutely hated about the ending, overall, it was just adorable. Nothing overly horrible happened. No main characters died. (Thank the heavens for that.) Kiera Cass gave the fans what they wanted, and since I am one of the fans, I can say that I loved it.

Now...here be plot inconsistencies and just overall annoyances...

Here's the deal; Team Aspen fans are probably not going to be happy with this book from the get-go. (If there still is such a thing as a Team Aspen fan at this point) America just does not treat Aspen very nicely; she's using him simply as a fallback for Maxon. That, my dear America, is just a CRAPPY thing to do. If you're going to love Maxon, love him and don't have a 'fallback.' Yeesh. Of course, this all works out in the end. You'll see.

Also, and these are where the spoilers kick in, (spoilers, highlight to see) why do the northern rebels back America over Kriss? Kriss is one of their own. Even with all of America's feistiness, I personally think that Kriss would logically be the one they would have backed, no matter what explanation was given in the book.

Plus, Celeste and Anne's death was SO freaking glossed over. These were America's friends; and yet there is barely any grief, and basically no tears. Shouldn't they at least have a moment of silence? Same goes for the king and queen...or at least for the queen. There was a bit more shock for them at least.


Overall, I liked it. The little things that I didn't like are so small that they are basically just a testament to how in love with this series I am. Don't pay them too much mind. If you liked the first two books I am sure that you'll be a fan of this one as well.


2 comments:

  1. I can't wait to read this! I really hope there's a HEA for America and Maxon. Great review =)

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  2. I'm so excited to read this!! I love Maxon <3 but I kinda like Aspen..but not for America! Awesome review! :)

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