*SPOILERS FOR THE SELECTION AND THE ELITE*
Description (from Goodreads): The time has come for one winner to be crowned.
When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, 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.
Title: The One
Author: Kiera Cass
Page Count: 323
Series: The Selection Series #3
How I Got This Book: Bought
It’s over? The trilogy is over?! WHYYYYYYYY!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
Hello Everybody! Today I am going to be sharing with you my thoughts on none other than The One by Kiera Cass. This is the LAST book in the Selection trilogy, but there is a spin-off duology in mid-release right now! (Thank goodness!)
You can read my reviews for the other two books in the series here:
If you have not yet read the first two books, I suggest you leave. There might be spoilers and I don’t want to spoil you! People who have read the first two books, just not the One, you can stay for a while. I will mark your spoilers when they come!
I am just going to jump right into this review by gushing about the plot twists! There were so many little unexpected things that I felt like I needed a seat belt. There were also quite a few big plot twists that left me either squealing, shaking, or winded! This book was a very fun ride!
On that same note, this book had so much more action and excitement than the other two! There were so many breath-taking, pulse-speeding moments that I did NOT expect. Two thumbs for the action! (I will get more into this later in the spoiler section!)
Speaking of unexpected excitement, America made her mind up! I was expecting this book to be just as love triangle-y as the other two, but it wasn’t. In the first few chapters we learn this, and that made the book so much sweeter and so much more romantic. America’s character is definitely more potent and strong when she only has to focus on ONE love life. 😉
One last thing I want to comment on is the ending…I won’t spoil you, I swear…but wow. Both the action-packed, kick-butt, pulse-racing, hand-shaking, breath-taking climax AND the epilogue. I can’t say much without spoiling you, but…wow. This is one of those rare series endings that doesn’t disappoint what-so-ever.
WARNING: Bring tissues to the epilogue.
Just when I thought my first heart attack (from the climax) was over, I had another one during the epilogue. Or rather, a heart-EXPLOSION!
Well, that’s kind of it for my non-spoilery portion of this review. As usual, I have an overall wrap up and rating at the bottom of the post. Just watch for the bolded warning that says the spoilers are over! See ya at the bottom of the page! And once you read the beautiful masterpiece that is The One, come back to this spot and we can discuss its radiating beauty together!
*SPOILERS BEWARE, BEWARE!!!!!!! THE SPOILER DRAGON HAS AWAKENED AND WILL SPOIL YOU IF YOU COME FACE TO FACE. BEWARE OF SPOILERS BEYOND THIS POINT. SPOILER DRAGON WILL SPRAY FIRE AT YOU IF YOU DO NOT RETREAT TO THE BOTTOM OF THE POST. SPOILERS AHEAD. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED*
Okay, we’ve all read The One, here. Right? Good.
So, the first thing I want to gloat about…um, I mean DISCUSS… is the LACK OF ASPEN LEGER IN THIS BOOK!
*Tosses confetti into the air*
*Dancing the salsa with book*
*Sticks tongue out at Aspen*
If you have read my other Selections series reviews, you might be aware of my obsession…I mean admiration of Maxon. And my loathing of Aspen. Well good news, fellow Team Maxon-ers! Aspen was so out of the picture, romantically, in this book! Yay! I loved how America had made up her mind and didn’t let her obligation towards Aspen and their past make shrapnel, yet again, of America’s relationship with Maxon. Aspen wasn’t around as much to be a lying goat the whole time. Win!
I was so happy the whole time I was reading this book because of this said lack of Aspen that this book was blessed with. Don’t get me wrong, he added a lot to the story and plot in all three books, and he was a stepping stone for getting America to who she is now, but he’s still a jerk.
No offense if you were Team Aspen, but um…MAXON WON! YES! MY MAXON, MY LOVE YOU DID IT! YOU BEAT THE SHRIVELED BEAN OF A BOY NAMED ASPEN! YAY FOR TEAM MAXON!!!
*Parties with Maxon/America shippers*
Alright, well, that was fun. But now I must stop rubbing it in the face of Aspen and his team for the sake of civilized reviewer-y.
Which leads me to America…I like America’s character. I have said it before and I will say it again. Yes, there were times *cough* books *cough* where she was very indecisive, but where would the plot be without that? America Singer is one of my favorite characters ever, despite the growing mob of those who pay to see her head on a platter.
So that being said, she has this talent…this talent that every time she gets on someone’s good side, or even their not-hate side, she manages to say exactly the WRONG thing at exactly the WRONG time. But that is also one of my favorite things about her. It’s hilarious, you have to admit…
Speaking of saying the wrong thing, what about DOING the wrong thing? Like when it came about that Maxon became aware of Aspens presence. Not Officer Leger’s presence, but ASPEN’S. I pictured that happening in a more sensitive way.
Like, America tells Maxon who that guard really is, and him feeling terrible and then a sad and sweet Maxon/America friendship talk. It broke my heart the way it really happened. Not in a disappointed way, in a “NO, MAXON! COME BACK TO ME…um, I mean America…COME BACK TO AMERICA!” kind of way.
When Maxon was being SO MEAN at the engagement, I swear I heard the shattered bits of my frozen, crumbling heart hit the floor. Especially because there was only thirty pages left to fix my OTP.
And THEN the rebels attacked and I was so afraid. Like, I knew that everything would be fine because I knew they ended up married, but I didn’t remember that when the most gentlemanly gentlemen was bleeding to death under a table with his parents dying around him after he just spat bitter words at the love of his life. *Panic attack*
But everything ended okay, so all is well.
(You know, except my heart…)
All is well, all is well…EXCEPT THAT CELESTE IS DEAD!
I didn’t know that she was going to die when I started reading this book. I had to re-read her death sentence-literally just the one sentence-a dozen times I thought that I had misunderstood, at first. Mistaking a metaphor for an action…nope. I had to let the pain sink in.
Celeste’s character really surprised and intrigued be, actually. I HATED her in the first two books, I don’t know why it was so easy to start liking her. But it was.
At least she got to make peace with her family, friends, and herself before she…well, you know…
I really liked her playing the role of America’s friend. It felt like some hole in the book was suddenly filled. A hole I didn’t know was there until it wasn’t.
Speaking of dead people I really like, I did NOT see America’s dad’s death coming. And the way that his loss was described made me tear up multiple times.
But he was a rebel…whaaa?
I had actually predicted that in my Elite review (Link in the beginning of the review), but it’s different when it’s no longer just a weird idea in my head and when It’s actually part of the story.
The only problem that I had with this revelation was that it was kind of luke-warm. It opened up America’s eyes to how many good rebels there were, yes, but beyond that it just kind of sat there as a new found layer to the world rather than a huge revelation that changed the game. But that’s just my opinion.
The rebels themselves were awesome. The Northerners were pretty cool people and they were NOTHING like I was expecting! I was expecting these menacing, angst-y, savages who wanted to terrorize the royals and their people. That is more of a Southerner style, I guess. But the Northerners were nice, poor people who just wanted a break. And when nobody would give them one, they decided to take one.
Also, that meeting in the alley was amazing. Everything from America getting shot and Maxon getting all protective (swoon), to the suspense of sneaking out was just fascinating!
One more thing that I want to talk about before I close this review is THE ENDING. It was a fairy tale perfect ending. I cried at the end, it was so beautiful. For once my series OTP didn’t die, fall into the actual underworld, or lose the love triangle!
Their love is alive and real, man.
*Sobs because of that wedding*
Also, I got the box set so I got the little extra epilogue thing. It didn’t have anything super game-changing, but it was beautiful. It was just what I wanted. Just a little teasing taste of something more. BUT IT DIDN’T HELP THE TEARS VERY MUCH, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
That’s all I have for this section of the review!
Tell me in the comments what you thought about this trilogy! Who was your favorite character? Favorite Maxon/America moment? And most importantly: Team Maxon or Team Aspen? (<- WHY?)
Please remember to tag your spoilers, though!
*END OF SPOILERS. THE SPOILER DRAGON HAD BEEN SLAIN AND WILL NO LONGER SPOIL YOU FROM THIS POINT FORWARD. IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE ONE IT IS SAFE FOR YOU TO CONTINUE ON FROM HERE*
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Well, I guess that’s almost it! This trilogy has been so funny and entertaining, charmingly breathtaking, heartwarming and a million other things all at once and a thousand times over! I have felt with these characters. Laughed with them, cried with them, and loved with them. I’m sad that it’s over, but now there are the spin-off books and Selection novellas! It’s funny that I ended up loving these books so much, because I put off reading them for over a year because I was sure that I wouldn’t like them very much. I highly recommend these to any and all! In my top five favorite books of ALL TIME! Up there with Harry and Percy.
And the final thing that I want to gush about today is the one and only Kiera Cass:
Thank you so much, Kiera Cass, for writing such amazing books. For sharing such an INCREDIBLE story with us. Thank you for putting your blood, sweat, and tears into these books. It shows that you put your heart into them. Thank you for continuing to revisit Illea and telling us about your adventures there. You are an amazing person and I thank you for writing amazingly wonderful, CLEAN, YA books! I will forever admire you and the world you have created out of nothing but a thought. Each one of your books surprises me more and more and I am so happy that I am able to support you in even such a small way as buying, reading, and reviewing your books. You are proof that amazing, Christian, beautiful people still exist in the world. =D
-Jamie | BecomingBookish.com
That’s it for today, guys! Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed this review, and I will see you again soon with another one! Don’t forget to tell me your thoughts in the comment box!
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