**Warning! If you haven’t read The Selection and The Elite which are the first two books in The Selection trilogy by Kiera Cass, there will be spoilers ahead. You can read my review of the first book, The Selection and the second book, The Elite instead if you haven’t started the series yet!**
The One by Kiera Cass is the third and (sort of) final book in The Selection series. I say sort of because a companion series has begun being released but the overall story arc four our main character America concludes in this installment. After experiencing a bit of second book slump with The Elite, I was worried that The One would end up annoying me but I still felt compelled to finish because I just couldn’t go on not knowing whether America ends up with Maxon or Aspen. I was pleasantly surprised while I devoured this book in just the tow days it took me to read it. The One has ended up becoming my favorite of the three books for a number of reasons.
First of all, the stakes kept getting higer as the end drew nearer. I mentioned in my last review that the politics in The Selection world were part of what kept me hooked as the series progressed and The One focused largely on the wider world outside the palace than on the love triangle America found herself involved in. Threats from the Rebels, both North and South, continue to worsen and it becomes too dangeous to even step outside. Everything surrounding the revolution is action packed and intense which causes emotions to run rampid. I even found myself tearing up duing the last two chapters which was completely unexpected and quite frankly, makes me feel like a bit of a dork.
America managed to be less annoying than she was in previous books (this is largely due to the focus she devotes to the politics of her world as opposed to her two suitors). I even found myself warming up to her and her thought process which I had previously written off. I felt proud of her for the way she handled scenes with her family and I started feeling confident in her ability to rule as Queen. I also loved how the relationship between the final four girls shifted during the latter half of the competition. People can surprise you and that is exactly what happened. Maxon is wonderful as always and I appreciate the subtle ways he begins to defy his father. I had high hopes for the ending of this series and Kiera Cass’s ending more than delivered. I think I might have lost it if anything had gone differently.
Final Thoughts: The One by Kiera Cass is the best book in The Selection series beyond a shadow of a doubt. The characters make a much stronger impression and their growth throughout the series culminates into some of the most heart wrenching, exciting and intense scenes I’ve had the pleasure of reading. The One is more than anything I could have wished for as the conclusion to this story. It continues to read as a fast-paced regal reality show with serious political undertones and it’s possibly the most addictive series I’ve read to date.
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. (via Goodreads)