The One by Kiera Cass

We’ve been reading about America Singer for a while here, and we wouldn’t want you to miss out on our other reviews of The Selection Series, so be sure to click here to read our review of The Selection, and here to read our review of The Elite.

We’ve followed America through her Selection and through becoming an Elite, and now we get to watch the endless back-and-forth for who will be the one. We’re down to four Elite at the beginning of this novel: America, Celeste, Elise and Kriss. We know two of them have no hope (Celeste and Elise), so it’s between Kriss and America. We also know that King Clarkson can’t stand America, so Maxon’s made it his goal to make America the people’s favorite in order to justify him choosing her.

One thing I’ve noticed while reading this series is that Cass struggles with building tension over the long term. The rebel problem developed really well in this novel. We learned who was leading them, we learned what they wanted, we even got to interact with them. All of that was great. But the rebels were used as scary, distracting background noise for the first two novels. Also, we’ve known there should be some Aspen and Maxon tension since the first book, but they barely interacted until the end of The One. In each book, there is a conflict that builds, but it only builds in that book. There is no overarching tension.

The characters seemed more relatable. Their problems and desires felt more real, their frustration, more justified. Some conflicts that I’ve been waiting to see finally came into the light. I enjoyed watching the Aspen and Maxon problem come to the forefront of everyone’s mind. That tantrum was entertaining (and in my opinion, nowhere near long enough).

America actually cares about something. Can we get some applause! She has a cause. Pity it took her this long, but she’s finally found a real goal to fight toward as a princess. No, I’m not talking about Maxon. We’ve seen what it looks like when she decides she wants him, and it’s not enough. She now knows what she wants for her people, and we get to see her ability to be stubborn turn into actual passion and fire. That’s what makes her more interesting in this book than she ever has been as a character.

Is this book perfect? Absolutely not. Is it better than the earlier two books in the series? Arguably. Would I recommend any of them? Absolutely, without a doubt, yes. Who doesn’t dream of being a princess? In The Selection you can safely live out that fantasy and it’s a fun book to read.

TL;DR

  • 4/5 Stars
  • Would recommend this series to anyone who (like me) knows they’re secretly royalty
  • America had character development!!!
  • Problems with long-term tension build, but great in-book build

– XOXO,

Bookie

 

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