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Review: The One

by Kiera Cass

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Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for a chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review!
Published: 6th May 2014

“Whatever it is that you want, America, go after it with all that you have in you.”
-page 245

 Title: The One
Author: Kiera Cass
Published by: HarperTeen
Book:  3 of The Selection
Genre: Dystopian-Utopian / teen
Found: Continuation/Netgalley
Rating: 3 Voodoos

It’s swoon meets the Hunger Games in the third instalment of THE SELECTION series!
For the four girls who remain at the palace, the friendships they’ve formed, rivalries they’ve struggled with and dangers they’ve faced have bound them to each other for the rest of their lives.
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 realises just how much she stands to lose – and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants. The breathtaking third title in THE SELECTION series will make you swoon!


I’m sad to say this book (and series) didn’t live up to my expectations, which I don’t like as I really wanted to like it. It had such potential, but at the end of it all I’m left with so many questions. I know there’s another book but these questions were for this one.

We still barely know about the rebels. I kept expecting for us to find out more. When I finished book 1 I Was so excited, I thought that a the end of #2 she’d become The One, as she’d become part of The Elite at the end of #1, and #3 would be about the wedding and life as the princess and working to save the country from the rebels…no. Of course not! I don’t know that I’m yet to find a series that involves a couple working together. The stories seem to be far more focused on keeping them apart then getting them together at the end.

While not as bad as #2 this still dragged things out and I’m not sure I’m totally happy with the end. I mean, that last secret that turned out to be sort of invalid, the way she didn’t get to explain but then the way she didn’t have to explain…it was just weird. After all the procrastination I certainly got confused.

To put it plainly; this is a love triangle romance story where the characters aren’t honest with each other, are completely indecisive and don’t talk or listen to each other. All the plot points were there for it to be an….I don’t quite know, action romance? But at the end of the day they were left as they were.

I think my favourites where the Italians. I’m not sure I can say I like America much any more. Kriss told her why it was Maxon started to really talk to her and America had a revelation. At one point she was writing a song and I thought that would be it, but no, that disappeared again.

This may seem to be a list of complaints, but I don’t intend it that way, I’m trying to explain how I feel about the book without pointing out exactly what bothered me (because that would be spoilers, sweetie).

I’ve given it three Voodoos because I feel that once I’m over the disappointment of it not being what I hoped it was I will like it better. Plus, it was better than #2!

Book 4 is about their daughter and I’m holding out hope that we get to see much of their life and that she wont stumble into a love triangle too….



2 comments on “Review: The One

  1. Veronika

    I’m sad you weren’t able to enjoy The One more. I honestly don’t know how can I love this trilogy so much because all the things you mentioned usually bother me in books. But I guess everything ends sometime because I had absolutely no tolerance left in me for The Heir. That book is definitely one of my biggest disappointments this year.
    Lovely review. :)

    1. Paein

      Perhaps I read them closer together than you? Though, sometimes a book can contain everything you hate and you can still love it. I rather enjoyed Talon even though it’s got a love triangle. But I think, the main thing that bothered me with this was she kept deciding to fight, but she never did. She did stupid things and then gave up. And she never gave him anything. I’m yet to read The Heir. I thought I’d wait till the last book was out and read them together. Hopefully I’ll be more tolerant then!
      Thank you for stopping by ( :

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