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

the oneTitle: The One
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #3
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Romance Dystopia
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Blurb:
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!

My Review:
For me, this was the best book of the series.

America is still undecided over both Aspen and Maxon at the start of the book, but as it progresses she becomes stronger, more mature, and has the courage to stick to her convictions. While she becomes sure of her feelings, she starts to doubt the strength of Maxon’s as she’s forced to watch him grow closer to the dwindling group of girls. I could feel her pain when she overheard him in the library, and caught him in Celeste’s embrace. I could totally understand how she would doubt him, and struggle to truly believe his feelings for her were the strongest.

While I haven’t been Aspen’s greatest fan, he redeemed himself in this book, putting himself repeatedly in harm’s way to protect America and Maxon. That’s the type of sacrifice for love that I’m talking about! I felt America was unfair to string him along for so long. She should have been honest with him at an earlier stage. It was also brutally transparent that her lack of honesty with Maxon, regarding the nature of her relationship with Aspen, was going to come back at her in a big way. When it happened, I wasn’t surprised in the slightest, and Kiera had been building up to this over the course of this book and the previous one.

Finally, we got to see some action as the rebel subplot developed, and I particularly enjoyed the scenes where America and Maxon went outside undercover. This added some much-needed depth and diversity to the story.

I hated that we only got a resolution at the end and hardly got to see Maxon and America united as a couple. Though it’s popular to do this within the genre, I always feel a bit cheated, and I wish more authors would resolve the love triangle a little earlier or give us meatier epilogs.

All in all, though, this was a fantastic read and it was the first book in this series that had me riveted from page one.

Having read all three books now, I have to say I’m a little disappointed. I was expecting it to suck me in more than it did though sometimes that’s the issue when there is so much hype about a series. The biggest disappointment for me was the predictable plot – really nothing out of the ordinary about it at all, besides the overriding concept of the competition which I loved. While the writing is decent and consistent with the genre, there was nothing stand-out about it. I’m not sure that I’d actually be that bothered about picking up more of this author’s work and I’m on the fence when it comes to The Heir. As an aside, I absolutely love all the book covers – totally stunning.

2 thoughts on “Review: The One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass”

  1. This was my favorite in the series, too! I didn’t enjoy The Heir as much as I did the other books in the series, probably because it does skip ahead to life after Maxon and America have been married for nearly twenty years. Great review!

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