Review: “The One” (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass

theone1-vertAuthor: Kiera Cass
Genre: Young Adult/Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Publication: Harper Collins
Release Date: April 23rd 2013
Pages: 326
Spoilers: As usual there are some spoilers, though I won’t spoil the ending.

I was SO excited for this book, adding the fact that I had to wait for the book for a short period of time, I almost broke into my local bookstore to pick up my ordered copy. Almost. Whatever, not important, let me just start with my review.

Let me just start by saying that the end of The Elite was breath taking and incredibly exciting. I was really curious to where The One would pick up, but it actually started off at the right moment. America finally realized she had to fight for her future with Maxon. Good. That’s a start.

I think that the rebels and all their secrets are perfect. They make the story 1) more exciting, 2) more fun and 3) way deeper. I mean: who would’ve thought there was more to the story than Maxon and America thought? Yeah, okay, I did. And I think you did too. But not this way. It’s a bit vague though, but in some way that’s okay. It’s supposed to be vague.

May I just say that Queen Amberly is the sweetest person EVER? I liked her in the first book, I adored her in the second book and found myself loving her in the third and last book. She’s kind, she’s honest and she has a way of talking to America, letter her know that’s she’s right and she’s strong enough to be a queen herself someday. Kiera Cass really created a lovable Queen, as opposed to the king of course. He’s an asshole.

Aspen is okay, though. Okay-ish. Still not into the guy but whatever. He did some good stuff, especially towards the ending of the book. He has a good heart, he just has a way of screwing things up.

The beginning of the book was a bit slow. I had some difficulties getting through the first few chapters. It got better though. I guess after reading a quarter of the book, I got addicted to the story as I usually do to Kiera Cass’ books. Not sure, maybe it was because in my privet life there were some stuff happening that made it impossible for me to concentrate on the book. I can’t really judge that. So don’t be scared of reading the book. Just because I had some trouble getting through it, doesn’t mean it wasn’t good/exciting 😉

I think Kiera Cass did a great job in the development in the relationship between the girls. Kriss, America, Celeste and Elise finally seem to get along. Queen Amberly sure had some influence on that.


After some fights, kisses and words, Maxon comes to visit America. He tells her that her father has died. I was so happy he ‘just’ died, and wasn’t killed by the king or the rebels. That would’ve been TOO much. You know what I mean? I think it is still unfair he dies, but whatever. He died. I think the whole thing with America’s family afterwards is great. I never thought the king would let her go, but he did.

My heart really broke because of her father’s death. But I was still mad at America because she still had Maxon fooled. She still hadn’t told him about Aspen. So when she got home and Maxon asked her to marry him, I knew it wouldn’t happen. It wasn’t possible. And I was right, because the truth came out. This was obvious. But Maxon reacted a bit strange I think. It proved, I guess, he still didn’t trust America. So yeah. Breaking off their marriage wasn’t necessary and THIS I didn’t saw coming.

After that, the book just got one big blur of bullets, screams and people dying. I was shocked. Really shocked. But I won’t tell more. You just gotta experience it yourself.

The One is a spectacular ending to The Selection series and I believe Kiera really did put her heart in this book. Especially the last few chapters. It was fast paced and heart breaking. I loved it. I lo-lo-loved! I can’t wait to talk to Kiera Cass about this book!




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