The One by Kiera Cass

The One (The Selection #3)

Other Reviews of Books in the Trilogy:
The Selection (#1)   The Elite (#2)   The Prince (#0.5)    The Guard (#2.5)

I finally got around to reading this book!

Quickie Review [Non-Spoiler]: 2/5 stars on GR.
This series had so much potential but it fell short and into predictable hands. This book could’ve gone anywhere, shit could’ve gone done, HUGE reveals could’ve happened, her dad has SO much more potential too!, relationships could’ve really fucked up, but what I got was something safe and predictable. I never felt the characters were in danger, I never felt the ending was going to be anything but what it actually ended up being. Disappointing… There was no danger, mystery, suspense which made it boring and even more predictable.

But there were some cute moments, for example the relationships and moments between the girls of the selection; loved those moments!, and the queen was always sweet (although she’s pretty passive, that frustrated me) and some of Maxon and America’s moments were cute, especially the rain and photo scenes.

However, most parts that should’ve been expanded (rebellion, world-building etc) were too short and parts that should’ve been short (the ENTIRE selection and the romance and the decision making on the romance) were dragged. This could have easily been a duology as it dragged hella long. Or could’ve been a trilogy with more of the rebellion, war and world-building, because to be honest, that was the most interesting part! America doesn’t annoy me as she has done for most reads but she’s definitely a dumbass, immature, selfish and undeserving of both Maxon and Aspen.

Will I carry on? No. For me, this was a trilogy not a series and I’ve had quite enough of it. Meh, it was an okay but it fell flat from the huge potential is had.

Did you read this? What did you think? Carrying on with the series? Let me know in the comments and/or link me to your The One review!

The Guard by Kiera Cass

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Other Reviews of Books in the Trilogy:
The Selection (#1) – The Elite (#2) – The Prince (#1.5)

Quickie Review: 3.5/5 stars on GoodReads!
I enjoyed this one more than I enjoyed ‘The Prince’ and I felt like it was more necessary and added to the story rather than ‘The Prince’. Maybe I was reading way too much into it but this novella seemed to leave hints as to what’s going on with the King and the rebellion and everything so I got theories flying everywhere! Give me The One now!

Plot: Following Aspen’s (the Guard) POV during his time in the palace and his interations and thoughts.

Character: Aspen – I really like him! He cares so much for America and he catches up on things that she’s (and us as readers as the books are in her POV) oblivious to. I think after reading this I have definitely become an Aspen girl! But I feel someone else will become his girl in the end.

Quotes Love

‘Everything doesn’t seem like anything when you love someone’ (17%) Oh Aspen!! ❤

Negatives – Not many really, just one thing was when he was talking about getting an injection; for what exactly? That wasn’t explained! Unless I missed that in the main books? o_O O I found one more thing; Kiera Cass wrote at one point ‘like a big middle finger to the monarchy‘ really Kiera Cass? Most people that read YA all swear! Why you baby-ing us? Just say ‘gave us a big ‘fuck off” not difficult. We aren’t children – I could happily rant about what ‘Young Adult’ actual means and how book target audience of ‘YA’ actually isn’t ‘YA’ but moving on!

Theories on Last Book (based on what went on in this Novella) SPOILERS BELOW!!

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The Prince by Kiera Cass

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Quickie Review: 3/5 on GoodReads.
This is #0.5 in ‘The Selection’ Trilogy and is the first novella. The reason it gets 3/5 stars is because it was good but I don’t think it was a necessary novella. Although it was nice to see more of Maxon’s life and hear his thoughts.

Plot: Maxon’s point of view of when the Selection begins and his first few meetings with America.

Characters:
There is really only one character in this story; Maxon: While (as already said) it was nice to get a little more of the palace from his view point and to hear his thoughts, he did annoy me. I don’t remember him say ‘my dear’ as much as what he did in this novella.

Negatives: Already stated: I don’t think it was a necessary novella.

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The Elite by Kiera Cass

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Quickie Review: 3.5/5 on Goodreads.
Didn’t enjoy this one as much and America seemed to have lost her strongness (but that’s acceptable when a teenager is conflict when it comes to feelings and love interests) and spends a lot of time mopping. There are some killer scenes though; Marlee’s big scene (I felt sick during it and so shocked!) and the Maxon and America hiding towards the end scene and also the second day rebel raid scene was awesome too. Also loved the Italian visit scene. Heart was crushed at the Maxon and Celeste scene. Very intrigued as to how it will end (it is a trilogy right?!) in the next book.

Plot:
Continuation of The Selection and America is very conflicted with her feelings this book.

Characters:
America – herself strength is gone for a lot of the book but she has a great strength part during the Marlee big scene. She’s now an alright character. But I’m glad she stood up strong in front of the King towards the end of the book, proving she’s getting her strength back and hopefully won’t fall into her ‘what do I do and feel?!’ slump again -_-
Maxon – I ended up really not liking or trusting his character just everything he says to America and everything he does is far too different. How she settled on trusting him in the end I have no idea! Cos I’m so iffy on him now.
Aspen – He’s a nuscience now. There is no way he can win and this trilogy have a decent ending! =/ as much as I like him, he’s just… I can’t see him being able to make an impact nor make any change in the next book =S
Marlee – Finally got to know her secret and I still love her and think she’s so pure and whole hearted ❤
Kris – WTF?! Why is she around?! Such a threat to America even if she is amazing and nice and Princess material!
Celeste – Still hate her, and turns out she’s even more cruel and horrid than we thought when we go to the hospital wing (Harry Potter much?) scene.
The King – He is just pure evil! That is all. I hope he dies -__-

Negatives:
Just not as good a book this time. America kept being so ‘I want him. No I want him’ and risking her life and it’s like ‘make a decision! Are you gunna risk it and die for Aspen if you get caught or are you gunna give it your all to Maxon?! Just CHOOSE!! Grrr!’. Can’t believe The Selection still isn’t done yet. And why won’t Maxon seen what a vial thing Celeste is?!?! GRRRR!!

Final Note and Questions (SPOILERS?!):
I liked Polandbananabook’s (YouTuber) theory on that her father is behind the rebels and I wonder how it’ll all turn out and why did that girl at the end of the second rebel raid, just curtsey to America and leave?! I WANNA KNOW!!! How is Kiera Cass gunna bring that to an end AND reform the country and the rebels in one last book?! She better not rush it =/

The Selection by Kiera Cass

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Quickie Review: 4/5 Stars on GoodReads.
Loved the plot, side plot, the characters and the love interests. Reminded me quite a lot of The Hunger Games (which I’m not a big fan of – sorry!). Only took me two days to read which is impressive for me and proves it’s a quick read. I love the book cover SO much! >.< I like the name of ‘Illea’, how do y’all pronounce it? I say it like ‘E-lay’.

Plot:
A girl named America is a Five and lives in a time after the 4th World War and it is where the One’s are the top, royalty, and the Eights are the poor, homeless people pretty much, so she’s below average in her and her family rank. One day she receives a letter where the Prince of Illea is ready to find a wife and every girl between the ages of 16 and (I think) 24 are eligible to be one of the 35 selected to be in the running to be his wife.

Characters:
America – Love! So strong, not girly, doesn’t realise her good points herself, puts herself down, when she called him ‘Maxon’ on TV xD I died laughing!!
Maxon – Caring, sweet, persuaded me to like him (as I didn’t in the beginning). Loved when he said he’d hurt the guy who hurt America! He turned out to be the guy I didn’t think he was going to be. I was expecting a proper bastard but he turned out to be a right sweetheart ❤
Aspen – hard working, cares, a little naïve ‘she fell’ sure she fell Aspen (you guys who’ve read it should know what I mean there haha) and finally I completely understand why he went slightly mental at her.
The Girls: Marlee – sweetheart but what is her secret?! Celeste – whatta beech tree! I hate her so much! -_- and I can’t believe she ruined the dresses (two people’s!).

Similarities to The Hunger Games:
I guess the coming notes are what makes a book classified as a dystopian then. War, famine, ‘districts’, widdling down to one winner, gets a better life after winning (though some that are just selected get a better life if they were previously a low caste), I fell the main training woman is similar to Effie Trinket (I think that’s he name in HG, if not, where the hell did I get that name from?! xD), the send-off as they go to The Selection; very HG-like, two lovers/two love interests, getting makeovers before competing, Maxon is honest like Peta when it comes to feelings and America’s songbird necklace immediately reminded me of Katniss’ MockingJay brooch.

(Similarities to) Other:
The fact that America is covered in Vanilla lotion and stuff reminded me of the WarPrize series and the MakeOver part reminded me of that Anne Hathaway Princess (Diaries?) film. Also it’s very ‘The Barchelor’ (tv show).

Negatives:
I really hate the fact that the word ‘sex’ in explicitly said. People reading these books are (or should) be 14 years and older and are therefore old enough to have to word said in a book to them. Seems childish to go round and about on the word. Also I wish Aspen hadn’t turned up cos it’s made me all confused as to who’s team I’m on! =S I’m annoy Maxon couldn’t see through Celeste’s fake act and see how much of a bitch she is and get rid of her, regardless of the fact that her family is a good link. Final negative, the first night where America has like a panic attack and is gasping for air and her balcony isn’t good enough, WAY over-dramatic and silly and unnecessary (but necessary in plot of course).

Final Note and Questions:
My theory is that the history of Illea is taught verbally for a reason and the rebels are raiding the castle in order to find the item that unlocks the secrets of the history of Illea. Whose side are you on? Team Maxon or Team Aspen? I’m currently Team Aspen I think! xD