Monday, May 12, 2014

BOOK REVIEW & OFFICIAL TRAILER: The One (The Selection Series, #3) by Kiera Cass

The One (The Selection Series, #3)
By: Kiera Cass

RELEASED: May 6, 2014 by HarperTeen

GENRES: YA • Science Fiction • Dystopian • In the Future • Fantasy • Romance • Political Intrigue • Mild Action


The Selection changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. And 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 realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she'll have to fight for the future she wants.

From the very first page of The Selection, this #1 New York Times bestselling series has captured readers' hearts and swept them away on a captivating journey... Now, in The One, Kiera Cass delivers a satisfying and unforgettable conclusion that will keep readers sighing over this electrifying fairy-tale long after the final page is turned.

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FINALLY. THANK YOU GOD. ANSWERS. Slides bonelessly to the floor. 

Whew. I didn't know how much longer I could hold out for the conclusions.

This was BY FAR the best book out of the series. Fan-freaking-tastic. The character development is mammoth. The revelations, flooring.  The scenes were heart stopping - I dropped the book at one point. 

There had been a lot of hiding from the Rebels in the past two books. I can't spoil it for you, but let's just say there are some HUGE developments in this area of the book. It will WOW you.

Also, America had been going back and forth between Aspen and Maxon longer than a championship ping pong match. You know with a title like The One, that SOMETHING was going to happen. I must say I was really, really surprised.

I am so glad she made her own decision regardless of what the guys chose. Which may or may not be in line with their own choices. (I know I'm evil, but this is spoiler free.) I was ready to knock them all over the head with their wishy-washy behavior.

Maxon may have been the worst offender to me. I was tearing my hair out, throwing the book across the room, imagining it had been his sorry carcass flying through the palace window. I mean really, how can you string people along like that and be OK with yourself? 

But this book was the balm to sooth my soul. Answers were given. Surprised dumped in truckloads and the character development was on hyper drive. Angels singing... Sweet music. All the characters save the King grew in this last installment. But we all know the King was a lost cause anyway. I was surprised by the depth and insight given into the remaining girls. The Queen was another character that showed another facet to her personality. We got to see America's family and also met new characters. The One had excellent pacing, delicious tension and a much more substantial weight. There were some scenes that made me weep like a baby, so you will need your Kleenex box next to you. Maybe a plush bear. 

Even if it was considered a trilogy, I think Kiera left the door open to a spin off series, or cracked window for more of the existing series. The ending tied a lot of loose strings, and I'm not sure how I feel about it. In one sense, I can completely see the logic. But for all you HEA fans, I'm not sure how you will feel. It is, but it isn't. (Evil Grin.) Guess you are going to have to read the book!

Thank you Kiera for a wonderful series and I hope that we get a spin off series... especially with the new characters you introduced! You have my vote ;)