Sunday, March 1, 2015

The One by Kiera Cass

Published: May 2014
Pages: 323
Publisher: HarperTeen
Copy Provided by: Bought
Summary: Goodreads
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.
Please do not read this review if you have not read Book #1 and 2. There will be spoilers...
The One is the final book in The Selection series.  It is time for Maxon to finally choose the woman he wants to be with but because of her inability to listen and follow the rules, America is hardly the King's choice. In fact, she is lucky to even remain a contender.  Plus, Maxon is torn by his growing feelings for America but his trust in a more reliable, pliable candidate, Kriss. 
Speaking of Kriss. I found it interesting to see how all of the girls, despite this being a competition, grew closer as comrades.  It makes me wonder if guys do the same thing on Bachelorette?  There were times when I really liked Kriss but I never found her to be as genuine a friend as Marlee.
There is a particular scene in Book #3 where America dos something so remarkably brave and stupid all at the same time. It causes shame on the King but gives the people a true glimpse of the type of ruler she has the potential to be.  Good move? What do you think?
I loved this series.  It reminded me so much of Katniss from The Hunger Games except America seemed a bit more impulsive and her decisions seemed less calculated.  She seemed to act first and then accept the consequences later.  I wished there could be more to this story as Book #4 but it ended just as it should have.  Leave the reader always wanting more but still happily satisfied with the final book.  :)  Well done Ms. Cass.  Well done.  (I only wish I would have read this series sooner....).

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