The One

5 Sep


Author: Kiera Cass

Genre: Science Fiction YA

First Published: 2014

Page Count: 323

Type: Paperback

Film/ TV Adaptation: No

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Note: Book 3 of The Selection series

It might not close all its loose ends but it is a satisfying, action packed finale to America’s selection story.


*Thrilling Conclusion


*Slow Start     *Unfinished Business

“’Not wanting the crown means you’re probably the best person to have it.’” America and three other girls have come to the final hour of the Selection competition. Only one of them can be queen and win Prince Maxon’s heart. With the threat of death growing everyday from the restless rebels outside the palace walls and America’s indecisive feelings towards Prince Maxon and Aspen, the competition has never been more fierce or uncertain.

My feelings have been pretty lukewarm towards this series so I was surprised with how exciting this book was and how quickly it flew by. There are some great game changing events that pop up throughout the book, but what makes the story is the thrilling conclusion. Not only is there a lot of unexpected action at a point in the book when I thought everything was pretty much set in stone, but the author tied a lot of the story’s loose ends together with what resulted from the tumultuous ending. Everyone felt like they were where they should be and nothing felt forced which is what I worried about the most.

As with all of the books in this series, there were some dull, slow moments that usually occurred in the beginning of the book before the meat of the story got going. However, I felt that I didn’t have to wait as long before getting caught up in the drama. And although I really loved the conclusion, it didn’t tie up every loose end, especially where the Southern Rebels are concerned. I know there are two more books in this series which leaves the possibility of some kind of final confrontation between the rebels and the palace. However, the next books are not from America’s point of view and I would rather have had this addressed in this book.

I really enjoyed this book and it felt like a great conclusion to the series. The problem is it wasn’t the final chapter in The Selection series; it’s just the final part in America’s selection process. I don’t know if I’ll be rushing out to read the next two books since it isn’t from America’s point of view but I do eventually want to know if some of the loose ends in the first three books finally get addressed.


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