Published by HarperTeen on May 6, 2014
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.
The One pleasantly surprised me. I didn’t have much confidence that I could enjoy this book, after my disastrous experience during the previous book. Although I thought it stilled lacked a few things, I thought The One did a decent job of finishing up this trilogy.
After The Elite, I’d had enough of America’s never-ending, “I love Aspen” then, “I love Maxon” then two pages later, “But what about Aspen?”. Luckily this constant flip-flopping was taken care of early on in this final book. America finally makes a choice, and does what she needs to due, in order to follow through with her decision. She’s finally in an in-it-to-win-it mood, and I reveled in her new clarity and mission. America’s character really shines in The One, as she faces bigger obstacles, and grows in the process.
I’ve talked about all the good, so why the 3 stars? Well… here’s the could-have-been-better parts:
One of the problems I had with book two, was the continual lack of depth regarding the Northern and Southern rebels. They attacked occasionally, but never really made an impact. They didn’t like the castes, and the King’s way of ruling, but that’s all we knew. We didn’t know who led them, where exactly they came from, and what their clear messages or intentions were. They seemed terribly unorganized, and well, pretty lame, yet they kept getting into the castle over-and-over-again. I felt like this was the weakest part of book two, and also now, book three. There is a bit of new information regarding the rebels in The One, but still not enough for me to even care about that sub-plot. A lot of the attention still remained on the competition itself, and America’s romantic ups and downs. Sometimes I think that this series could have benefited from the whole rebel’s sub-plot having been removed. It never felt fully conceived, and it definitely wasn’t utilized to its’ full potential.
Another weak point was the battle sequences. Whether Cass chose to focus more on the relationships, or it’s not exactly her strong point, the action scenes in this entire series have been short and lackluster. The battle starts, and BAM, it’s done. We hear about the causalities afterwards, but they don’t really make an impact. I don’t expect America (our only POV) to be in the midst of battle, but I think the book could have used more details, and recollections from the rebel attacks. Once again, the severity of the situation didn’t feel severe enough.
‘The One was a decent-enough finale book. I’m glad I read it, because I’m now left with a more positive than negative feeling regarding the series as a whole.