Title: The One
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #3
Genre: YA, Dystopian, Romance
Page Count: 323
Publication: May 6th, 2014
Publisher: Harper Teen
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!
I absolutely loved this book. It’s my favorite in the series. The ending was perfect, America was pretty much the America from The Selection (though she still had her moments). Let’s talk about the cover, it’s so beautiful, they all are but this one’s my favorite. Okay so at the end of the last book it seemed that America was getting her stuff together, realizing that she wanted Maxon and she wanted this. I started reading this book as soon as I woke up, literally, it was about 9, and if you’ve read my review for The Elite you know I had stayed up to 3 to finish it. I honestly feel bad for those of you who had to wait a year for it, the way The Elite ended just made me want to pick this up, and I did and finished it in a few hours. Those books are such quick reads, it honestly feels like you’re watching a TV-show reading this book. It would make such a fantastic TV show, not even movie franchise, this should be a show, and I think it’d be fantastic. I can’t say much about the book as it would spoil the first two, but I will say that it was wonderful, a very satisfying conclusion; although it no longer is a conclusion as there will be 2 more books in this series (in a new POV, so no more America lol) but it was pretty awesome, though I do wish some more things were sorted out. This book was so much fun, and really heartbreaking at times. A lot of people die, and I mean a lot. Not so many of them were expected deaths. The Epilogue is perfection. Guys, really just read this series, I don’t care how many bad reviews you’ve heard (which should be few because even those who don’t adore it, still enjoy it) it’s worth it. Prince Maxon only is worth reading this series.
Is this one of my (many) favorite series? Yea, I think so. I also think this is one of my favorite books. It’s just so much fun, how can you not love it?
Starting this book, I really just wanted for them to be together, and for The Selection to be over already, I was getting tired of their arguments and just the relationship with the other girls. It was about time for them to figure it out. America had this moment, this epiphany that she truly loved him, but she didn’t want to say it first, which I understand because I’m like that too, but this is different, she KNEW for a fact that Maxon loved her, but she was all “I’m not gonna put it out there first” just really?! He practically already implied it, Jesus America, get over yourself and TELL HIM HOW YOU FEEL SO WE CAN END THIS THING! but nooo, being America she simply could not. Just..bye. It would’ve saved so much pain and struggle, just ugh! so frustrating.
When she showed up to dinner with that sexy dress and later in her room when she tried to “seduce” him, I felt so embarassed for her, just whaaat is u doing honey? lol and when he laughed so did I.
Celeste had her little redemption, and I loved Celeste now, and then she just DIES. I just, I was so shocked, why, just why? That wasn’t fair. The King also died in that little rebel attack, which I was glad about but then we find out the queen died too which wasn’t fair at all. I guess she would’ve been miserable without her husband, but she just she wanted a daughter and to see her son’s wedding and she was so close… But let’s rewind to before that.
When Maxon came to her room when he showed her the house where her family was going to live, and she didn’t get it and I was squealing! and he was all “of course it’s you” and they were so cute, so cute! and I wanted her to tell him about Aspen, but America being the worst procrastinator ever was all TOMORROW! it would’ve been so simple, and he wouldn’t of had gotten mad but nope. Those lines:
“Maxon, some of those marks are on your back so they wouldn’t be on mine, and I love you for them”
“What did you say?”
“I love you”
“One more time, please? I just —
“Maxon Schreave, I love you. I love you”
“And I love you, America Singer. With all that I am, I love you”
and I just died. I knew something would happen to ruin it, I just did, but I also knew they’d end up together, I was sort-of spoiled, but even if I hadn’t been, I would’ve known, it’s meant to be. When he saw her with Aspen, I just, and then they had the speech about how he couldn’t marry her, and the ceremony where he was being totally mean, but that’s okay, I knew it’d end well, and it did.
Maxon is King, she is the Queen, the country is going to change for the better, guys I cannot tell you how excited I am for the new two books, I don’t care that they’re in a new perspective, I know we’ll get to see them and the change in the country. I really hope it’s in Maxon’s POV.
Oh oh, and the wedding, I thought it was weird but cute how Aspen walked her down, but I would’ve thought she’d have her mom give her away instead. It’s so sad because she’s always said how her one thing for her wedding was having her dad give her away, and he died, which was a WTF moment for me, I was so shocked and confused, and then to find out he was a rebel, wow. Kota, her brother is a total asshole, I wish he’d died instead.
Then there’s also the love story between Lucy and Aspen, which I saw coming, I got confused though when we found out Anne was into him, but she died as well (like literally, basically everybody died) that was so heartbreaking, I know Anne was a side character, but still. Now she only has Mary left, just the book was so sad! Now Marlee and Carter are the King and Queen’s attendants, and she was the maid of honor at America’s wedding like promised, though America wasn’t hers but the circumstances with her wedding were complicated so that’s okay.
I just really loved this book, and this series overall. I can’t get enough! So good! I understand why this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it surely was mine (minus the annoying, frustrating America parts)
Share your thoughts! Are you as excited as I am about the new books? (: xx
Team Maxon or Team Aspen?
I think it’s obvious lol.
PS: The new novella coming out December 2nd titled The Queen is about Queen Amberly’s selection! Yay! I’m excited because I’ve been wondering a lot about that.
More info to be found here