[Book Review] The One by Kiera Cass

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The highly anticipated conclusion to Kiera Cass’s #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series, The One will captivate readers who love dystopian YA fiction and fairy tales. The One is the perfect finale for fans who have followed America’s whirlwind romance since it began–and a swoon-worthy read for teens who have devoured Veronica Roth’s Divergent, Ally Condie’s Matched, or Lauren Oliver’s Delirium.

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!

★★★★☆

4/5 stars —

I really loved the last instalment in The Selection series. Despite it’s imperfections — and trust me,  there were many — I found that this was a fantastic conclusion to the series. I am glad that the author didn’t drag it out any longer, because this was a great ending. What I love most about these books is the dystopia/fairytale-themed crossover the novel presented. This is the gist of the storylines of the series: a group of selected girls fight for the love of the prince, while outside the glittering walls of the palace, a rebellion against the monarchy is taking place. That sounds cool, right? I thought so too, which (and because of the amazing covers) was why I was so inclined to pick up these novels in the first place. And I have to admit, they didn’t disappoint. 

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Are they prefect? No. Honestly, and this is just my personal opinion, but I am not a fan of the author’s writing style. In this book and the previous ones in the series sometimes I thought the way she wrote was a little bland, and didn’t stand out from the multitude of the YA books which are being released.  But it’s fun, light, but sometimes has a serious undertone which suits the novel well. The storyline in this novel mainly rotated around America’s choice, and the continuing issue of the rebels, though I found those parts slightly boring, and kind of wished at some points it would move along quicker. And then there were other places in the novel where it moved too quickly for my liking — and I’d wished that it had lingered on the details for a bit longer. Especially towards the end . . . where , well, I don’t want to spoil anything for people who haven’t read it, but there were some deeply emotional moments in both grief and happiness, where I wished I could have felt something more for America and everything that she had to go through. And this is where one of the major flaws in the novel lay for me — I couldn’t relate to most of the characters like I did in the previous, and perhaps that was because of the gap of time between The Elite and The One. (I read The Selection and The One in a similar time period, and therefore I felt closer to the characters.) This could have gotten 4.5 — 5 stars if I had felt something for the characters.

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Overall, though? I really enjoyed this novel, hence why I gave it four of five stars. It wasn’t amazing — but I devoured it within a night. Another thing I enjoyed about this novel: the love triangle was very well handled in my opinion. I honestly didn’t know until I read the majority of this book who she was going to end up with — and when that time came, to make that decision, it was done in a good way. The characters in question drifted apart in a realistic way. Recommend for anyone who is looking for a dystopian novel which is light and happy. Most of the time, anyway.

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2 thoughts on “[Book Review] The One by Kiera Cass

  1. So glad you enjoyed this book! I’m not sure yet if I’ll read it because I didn’t really like the two previous books (America got soo annoying) and I think that the dystopian-theme was pretty ridiculous every now and again. Anyways, great review! :)

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