The One is the third and final book in The Selection trilogy by Kiera Cass. It’s a series that has had a very divided readership due to the nature of the books. Some people have not enjoyed them and yet they have become bestsellers in the Young Adult market. I myself have enjoyed the series thus far. They aren’t perfect, but they are fun, light, and compulsive reads. I was very excited to read this book.
* Spoilers ahead for those who have not read The Selection and The Elite *
America Singer is in the final four women of the selection, a national contest that pits women from different castes against one another in order to win the Prince of Illea’s heart. Prince Maxon has narrowed his prospective choices down from thirty-five women, and the tension is ramping up. Meanwhile there is a resistance movement that is fighting against the palace, against King Clarkson’s rule. America has proven herself to be a wild card and Clarkson does not approve of her, which may be part of the reason that Maxon finds her so intriguing. But, while Maxon must choose between the last remaining contestants America is trying to overcome her feelings for her first love named Aspen, a man who is now a guard in the castle.
These books aren’t high lit. They are also not Science Fiction. There’s the smallest element of Dystopia in that the folk of Illea are unhappy. But, at their core, these books are Romance. As such, much of the actions in these books are reduced to the character interactions, the “will she, won’t he” aspects of a romantic novel. It’s not the highest rush of action and it’s not the best in terms of storytelling. What it is is a very enjoyable guilty pleasure. And yes, I do enjoy them, despite that unfortunate moniker.
Fans of the series will delight in the ending. Cass has chosen the path that is best for America, Aspen, and Maxon. There are some surprises in store for everyone. The book goes in unexpected places and yet seems very predictable in others. Rest assured that many of the twists and turns will satisfy the most ardent fans of the series.
4 out of 5 stars.
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