Title: The One (The Selection #3)
Author: Kiera Cass
Release Date: May 6, 2014
Acquired Via: Purchase
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.
My review of The One should be a surprising and rare thing for you to see - one that is posted on the day of its release because I just finished reading it THAT DAY. No, I wasn't up at midnight reading my Kindle edition (because I forgot to set my alarm and was crazy tired). I did put everything else on hold because OHMYGODWHOISITGOINGTOBEINEEDTOKNOWRIGHTNOWANDSTUFF!!!!!
If you're read the series, then you probably get it. It's like crack cocaine laced through cotton candy - delicious and addictive. But I probably shouldn't be using drug references like that with YA books. Shame on you, Kayla. I've just been really invested. Like, so invested that I didn't even review The Elite because I was so irritated with what Cass was doing to my sweet man,... *stops self* Okay, I'll confess and say this book is probably one of five that I've been dying to get my hands on this year.
If you haven't read the series, now is your opportunity to walk away. Here thar be spoilers:
Okay, I am so hardcore Team Maxon that I wouldn't be embarrassed to wear the shirt to the grocery store and get weird looks from people. I'm sorry, if I'm going to read a fantasy romance, I was Prince Charming, not the grouchy cleaning dude. No, I never forgave Aspen for the way he treated America in The Selection. I also did not appreciate Cass trying to make him look good and Maxon look bad in The Elite. That nonsense pissed me off royally. Tehe.
Let's talk about The One itself, shall we? (If you haven't read The Elite, you should probably move along.) The story picks up after America has decided that she will fight for Maxon, no matter what. Of course, America wouldn't be America if she didn't yo-yo back and forth between being ready to settle down with Maxon and wanting to wash her hands of him. I actually found it least irritating in this book, and I didn't mind her interactions with Aspen as much because he wasn't constantly trying to profess his love. (Thank Bob.)
There is a lot of character growth for not just America, but also for Maxon, Celeste, and Aspen. Surprised? So was I. But I'm going to leave that bit there. I'd hate to spoil anything.
And there are twists.
And some tears. Yes, I cried during this book. There were parts in the middle, I choked up when... Ha! I'm not telling you. Let's just say I sniffled through the last 70 or so pages. I may or may not have sobbed out loud while reading the epilogue. *wipes tear*
Was it a satisfactory ending? *sigh* I suppose it was. There really wasn't any other way it could have ended, truth be told. There were some surprises and one that I didn't really like because it was only to get an emotional response. (It didn't work for me because I just gave it the side eye.
Overall, The One was a really great addition to the series, and I don't really have anything bad to say about it other than some parts were rushed. (But that may have just been me rushing to get to the end.) I recommend this series to patrons all the time, and The One is not anything that I would feel bad about putting in anyone's hand. Maybe I should start finishing series more often...
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