Book Review: The One by Kiera Cass (#3 in The Selection Trilogy)

The One by Kiera Cass
Release Date: May 6, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: Young Adult Romance
ISBN: 978-0062059994
Source: Bought
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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 devoured The Selection and The Elite last Spring so I knew things would turn out the same way when the conclusion to this trilogy released. And I was right. What a satisfying ending!

You may remember my talk of Kiera being a fantastic storyteller in my review for The Selection but her writing has grown so much since then too! Wow. Girl can write. I will definitely be reading more from Kiera in the future!

So. The characters. I appreciated the arcs that we see in this book except for my feelings regarding Celeste. I really liked her arc but I still felt that her arc that we see here came upon us too quickly and for a split second was almost unbelievable. If you’ve read The One, what do you think?

As for the relationships… America ends up with who I knew she would end up with and the person she leaves behind ends up with someone I did not expect though I did expect him to end up with someone similar. Finally, casualties. I was deeply saddened by one of the deaths in particular in this book but I won’t spoil it for you. All I will say is that I really wanted to know that this relationship between the person who dies and America would have gone on and flourished.

As for the world building… I loved what Kiera did in regards to fleshing out the rebels (the Northern rebels and the Southern rebels) but I still feel like there was a missed opportunity to flesh this out more from the beginning of the series and make the conflict build up to the end more epic. Not overpowering the main story, just giving this world the depth, this b-story the weight it deserves so it never feels thrown in or one dimensional.

Still, with all that’s been left out, I’m happy with how The One turned out. I laughed, I smiled, my heart was racing at times, my heart was breaking at times. This was an all around delight to read and I’m so glad that I can say that! I dread reading series conclusions but I’m so glad I read this one so soon and faced it because this was good. I read The One in two sittings! It would have been one had I not started this book so late into the night. If you’re reading or plan to read The Selection and The Elite, do so! Keep going! Get to The One. It’s quite a treat. What a wonderfully paced, fluid, solid conclusion to a truly great trilogy!

The One by Kiera Cass is available today.