The One by Kiera Cass Review

the one bookSo I guess this week is just going to be a follow up of final trilogy books that I was disappointed up. After having zoomed through both of the previous books I finally thought that Kiera Cass would have understood from all the reviews and opinions that we wanted a slower paced book that developed the background of the world she has created and all of the information that she tossed at us. This book, like the others, felt short, very brief, and basically whet our appetite for something more that…unfortunately…isn’t coming since this was a final book with an Epilogue that basically ended the story. America, continued to be annoying and (sorry to be so blunt) but stupid (though tbh we all love to hate her character and still want her to end up with Maxon don’t we?) I won’t delve further into the review so as to not spoil some of you who may just be here to see a brief opinion and review before deciding whether or not to read this third book. If you’re a fan of the series I say go for it because there are enjoyable parts, but if you’re a bit “eh” about it and really don’t care about the characters then I’m not sure it’s really worth the time (sorry to all you fans^^)

Summary:

THE SELECTION changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. Now, only one will claim Prince Maxon’s heart…
It’s swoon meets the Hunger Games in the final instalment of THE SELECTION trilogy!
For the four girls who remain at the palace, the friendships they’ve formed, rivalries they’ve struggled with and dangers they’ve faced have bound them to each other for the rest of their lives.
Now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen.
America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown – or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the competition approaches its end and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realises just how much she stands to lose – and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.

Review:

Well…this book was just…I’m not quite sure how to really form words right now. As a whole I would say this series in general is a really good light read. It’s nothing extremely serious and has a very interesting concept and world that the plot is built around. The main character (America) is a whiney, annoying character who honestly I can’t stand but I still love her for some reason and root for her and Maxon to finally get together at the end. In this book she is especially stupid and does so many things that I just don’t understand why she thinks they’re good ideas.

  1. Why on earth would she give the jewellery that Maxon especially picked out for her and the necklace that her father gave her (and he then proceeds to die later on in the book)? I mean I understand the point she was making but if I were Maxon I’d have been offended like…that whole speech he gave her about how much he thought about her present…just -.-
  2. The whole Aspen storyline. Like if you are in love with Maxon…END IT THEN AND THERE. She kept putting it off and I ended up feeling pretty bad for the guy (which is saying a lot since I practically have despized him ever since the first book) but I mean at least allow him to go and find happiness with somebody else instead of keeping him on the line while you “decide ” whether you want Maxon or not or are concerned as to whether you’ll end up with him.
  3. The leaving the castle idea? Yea how about heck no America. Only she would end up doing something so stupid with may I add the NEXT HEIR TO THE THRONE. I kinda felt she deserved that karma (okay maybe getting injured would have been better instead of shot but you know what I mean)

Then there was the big build up the the rebel’s attack on the castle and may I just add that in every single attack there was never a serious injury or death but at the end of this book, it all just got crazy and people were dying all over the place and Maxon and Aspen got injured and Celeste ended up dead along with the King and the Queen and in general it all was so quick and fast moving that I was just staring in shock at the book, turning the page robotically, unable to process what was happening before my very eyes. I knew Kriss was going to tell Maxon all about what happened between Aspen and America because…come on we all knew it was coming but his outburst wasn’t like his character at all which I sort of liked. It was nice to see him a bit impulsive and hurt for a change and to see how much of an effect America could have on him. We basically saw raw emotion for the first time in this book because honestly that’s how I would have acted.
There wasn’t anything else that I either disliked or liked about this book. The seduction scene was quite cringe-worthy I may add. I just found it unlike her and she would have been better just being herself. I liked the development for Celeste’s character but it would have been nicer, like I said before, over a longer space of time. (So basically make the book longer Cass, add more information about your world and please give us more to go on even though it’s already published, kay thanks bye)

Language/Style: 7 points
Characters: 7 points
Originality: 7 points
Plot: 7 points

Giving this book 28 points out of 40 which is pretty okay, but like I said before, not amazing. I would have liked this series to have been able to finish with a bang instead of a disappointment but I guess to each their own. In general like I said this series is a nice, light, series to read and definitely quite amusing at times. But in this book especially there isn’t much closure especially with all the deaths and the epilogue doesn’t deal with the world and how it has developed but with the wedding (which may I also add WTH WHY IS ASPEN GIVING HER AWAY??? It’s like he’s “giving his permission and just…no.)

Favorite part: Break my heart. Break it a thousand times if you like. It was only ever yours to break anyway.

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