The One by Kiera Cass | Book ReviewThe One by Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #3
Published by Harper Collins Children's Books on June 5th 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Love & Romance
Pages: 323
Format: Hardcover

THE SELECTION changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. Now, only one will claim Prince Maxon’s heart…

It’s swoon meets the Hunger Games in the final instalment of THE SELECTION trilogy!

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 finale to THE SELECTION trilogy will make you swoon!

What I thought NEWAfter the Elite I couldn’t wait to read the One, then somehow after a long year of waiting, the book arrived on my doorstep and remained unread for almost two whole months! Which -if I do say so myself- is unacceptable. I think the hype surrounding the book scared me off. I avoided spoilers (which meant avoiding Twitter and Facebook for a while) and ended up not reading the book myself, until now.

The story flowed perfectly. Questions that I carried with me since the first book finally got answered. It was fast-paced, action filled, swoon worthy, and at times heart wrenching.

I don’t think I can say much about the characters that I haven’t said before already. America Singer is still the stubborn, feisty, and brave girl we met in the first book. But this book gave a new meaning to the word fierce. She was fierce, stands up for herself, and finally figures out what she wants. Maxon is still the guy that manages to makes me swoon whenever he made and appearance in the book (which was a lot!). And he as well grows more throughout the book. They were a bit frustrating at times though… View Spoiler » but I guess I can deal with that, after all, we’re all human and nobody’s perfect.

The one thing that I loved above all about the characters was the depth added to the other girls competing in the Selection. The remaining girls become closer, they bond, and become friends, which makes that we get to know more about them. The scenes involving all the girls together were so much fun to read and probably (alongside some scenes between Maxon and America) some of my favourite in the book.

Those last chapters were killing, absolutely killing, and it made me love the book even more. I don’t know how I expected the book to end, but of all the endings I’d imagined, this one never crossed my mind. I won’t spoil the ending for you, so if you want to know what I’m talking about, get yourself a copy and find out! It was every bit the conclusion to this series that I could’ve hoped for! Questions were answered, the characters were as good (if not better) than before, and the romance was adorable and as swoon-worthy as ever. Loved it!