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Final Selection Book | Book Review: The One by Kiera Cass

With The One out now, another YA dystopian series bites the dust. And it was one good bite!

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Title & Author: The One (The Selection) by Kiera Cass

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy – Dystopia

Release Date: May 6, 2014

Series: The Selection #3

Publisher: HarperTeen

How I Got the Book: Copy from the publisher

Description:

“The Selection changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. And now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen.

America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the competition approaches its end 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.

From the very first page of The Selection, this #1 New York Times bestselling series has captured readers’ hearts and swept them away on a captivating journey… Now, in The One, Kiera Cass delivers a satisfying and unforgettable conclusion that will keep readers sighing over this electrifying fairy-tale long after the final page is turned.”

The Chosen ONE

This is my second series ender review in a row. It’s a tough thing to review the last book in a series. It always feels like there’s more weight on it than all of the other books combined.

And probably rightly so. It is the last thing readers will be left with. It’s the last hooray, the end. Fin. It’s over. Forever. (Unless you’re Christopher Paolini, that is).

So with that heavy burden I review The One.

My first thoughts involved a lot of surprise at how much was being revealed about the Northern and Southern rebels. I wished more had been detailed in The Elite. It sort of felt like too little, too late.

The more political side of the story that was shared I did enjoy. America really matures in this book, and I enjoyed seeing her progression from not knowing what she wanted and acting rashly to being secure in her ambitions and acting…less rashly.

The thing I was most worried about with The One was the love triangle. Would it be solved or would I be left hanging, a la Requiem. Well, I’m here to tell you it’s most DEFINITELY resolved. YAY!!! Cass really makes fans sweat though. Phew, my ever-beating heart can’t barely take it no more.

When You Still Like a Book Despite Its Flaws

As many have pointed out, The Selection series has its flaws. The Elite nearly drove me mad with America’s constant flip-flopping boy-wise, and the whole series is a YA version of The Bachelor, so there’s that.

But, despite what anyone has said, I don’t think many can argue with the fact that these books are impossible to put down. I have devoured each and every one and been very much entertained. And isn’t that the whole point? It annoys me when I’m made to feel bad about liking something (books, TV shows, movies, etc) that is not the most advanced plot-wise or intelligence-wise.

If I’m transported to a different time and place and like what I find there, that’s fantastic. Because fiction is ultimately different for everyone, and I love getting lost in a good book, whether its Pride and Prejudice or To Kill a Mockingbird or….The One.

This book nicely wraps up the whole series – if a bit too neatly and perfectly – and I can’t believe they’re over! Kiera Cass hinted in my Q&A with her pen is resting for a bit, but it will soon be picked up again.

OVERALL:

The Selection books as a whole are fun and diverting. I wished there had been more background about the fall of the U.S. and the rise of Illea, but I liked the details given about the caste system and one girl’s change of life from the low to the very highest. The One provides readers with a satisfying conclusion, and I think fans will be very happy with how Cass closes out these blockbuster books.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.