Title: The One
Author: Keira Cass
Genre: Young adult, Dystopian, Fiction, Fantasy
Published: 5th June 2014
Start Date: 24th September 2022
Finish Date: 24th September 2022
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.
Honestly feel like I am falling more and more in love with this series. The One is an insanely good book and it turned me into an emotional mess. This book actually had me teared up at times. I mean that ending was just wow! The ending though predictable was perfect. It took my breath away. It was everything I hoped and expected it to be. It was fast-paced, enthralling, intense, emotional and very addictive. Although I love them all this was probably my favourite. Like the first two books, this one made me smile a lot and within the first couple of chapters, I actually laughed out loud.
As for the characters they are all wonderful! I can say without a doubt that I have and always will adore both Maxon and Aspen. Both of them are incredibly sweet and charming. But I must say I have always been particularly fond of Maxon, I love the prince so much and I have also always loved America too. America made a lot of bad decisions. She was very indecisive when it came to Aspen and Maxon and she was very confused by her ever-changing and involving feelings. But let's face it America never wanted to enter The Selection let alone be at the palace and she definitely did not want a prince or the crown. She was torn between her first love and the life she thought she wanted and a Prince that was nothing she could have ever expected and was afraid of the unknown. That alone would be complicated and confusing for any young girl. Then throw in everything else, it is a lot to take in for any normal girl.
I am still obsessing over all the side characters. I love how I went from hating Celeste to loving her. I love when that happens in books. Celeste was a horrible person who did some of the most despicable things to the other girls throughout the competition. She then finally comes to her senses once it's down to just America, Kriss, Elise and herself. She does a 180 and you finally get to see who she really is and deep down she is actually really great! The ending devastated me and I was also so broken up about Queen Amberly. I really like all the other girls too though I really wanted to hate Kriss for America's sake I just couldn't. She was such a sweetheart and I couldn't help but feel sad for her as well because her feelings for Maxon were genuine. I also really liked Georgia and August I just wish they were both in the story more, the same goes for Princess Nicoletta.
Another thing I was so happy and excited about was the fact that it expanded outside of the Palace. TWICE! Some pretty crazy, scary, exciting and downright devastatingly sad stuff happens during these times. Hands down this is the most exciting book out of the three. I can't wait to move on to The Heir.