Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The One by Kiera Cass

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Title: The One (The Selection #3)
Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication date: May 6, 2014
Pages: 336
Rating: 5/5 stars
Buy: Amazon 

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. - Goodreads

But first let's take a moment to stare at this book's cover because my gosh is it pretty.

You know when you read the first book of a series and you find it really good, so you buy the next books and read them without stopping? Well, that's what happened to me with this trilogy.

If you haven't read The Selection yet, let me give you a brief overview of what it's all about. Basically, there are a bunch of girls who live inside this palace to compete for the heart of the prince. Sounds like a reality show? Well, it kind of is. The main character is America, a girl who's far from the typical description of a princess. Being part of The Selection was not in her plans at all. She hated it at first, but gradually learned to like Maxon, the prince. It sounds like your typical "hate turned into love" story, but trust me when I say it is not.

If you want to know what happens in the previous books, you'll have to read them yourself!

In The Elite, we were left with America's determination to stay in the palace. We also know that the King absolutely despised her, which made staying there more challenging. The One starts with yet another rebel attack, however this one is mild and worry-free. This is basically what most of the book is going to center on. 


America becomes more of a rebellion image in the third book. She's stronger than ever, telling people to fight back and stand up for themselves, which works. I like how determined she is to win over Maxon, but is still more than ready to stand up for something she believes in. As usual, Maxon and America get in quarrels which are resolved quickly. What surprised me the most was the character development in the Elite, especially Celeste. There's a scene where America walks in on Celeste crying, and they talk, and actually start treating each other nicely. However, Celeste's odd way of showing kindness is short-lived.

One of the important events in The One is the Convicting. It's supposed to be a "symbol of your submission to the law." The girls just have to send them to jail in front of the King, the Queen, Maxon, and everyone. Personally, I think this was a great way to show that America's convictions remain strong despite the King's threats. As always, America outwits the King and proves to everyone that she is one to watch out for. Another significant event is the meeting with the Northern rebels. We get to see the kind of ruler Maxon would become - a better one compared to his brutal father.

I like the amount of focus given on the rebels and their well-intentioned plans, but I wish there had been some sort of ending to it. I don't know if it's just me, but I think it wasn't resolved. Maxon just says in the last chapter (before the epilogue) that he plans to get rid of the castes. I wish there were snippets of "new" IllĂ©a because we never know what'll happen. Maybe getting rid of the castes will just enrage people. 

I did, however, love all the lovey moments between Maxon and America. Especially when Maxon was "dying" and he said all those things to her, even if he knew about America and Aspen's backstory. She was the only thing on his mind while he was clutching on to life. AND THEIR WEDDING. I couldn't have asked for a better ending than that.

All in all, the One is a ride of emotions, exploring grief, acceptance, change, and love. It gives an equal amount of attention to the love story and the political story. Both play a great role because ultimately, Maxon's choice does not only affect his life, but also the future of his nation.


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