The One – Kiera Cass

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It took me some time to pick up The Selection as I didn’t think the book would be for me, but I hold my hands up and admit I was guilty because now that I have just finished the last book in the trilogy I am genuinely upset that it has ended.

The trilogy tells of the love triangle between America Singer and her first love, Aspen Leger and of course the coveted Prince Maxon. She is entered into a competition known as the selection where she competes against a group of around 30 girls to become the new Princess. As she progresses through the competition, it is not just a battle for love but rebellion, duty and honour. This series has so much more to offer than romance and relationships; it questions family, loyalty and power.

The One continued on beautifully from The Elite which was the second book in the trilogy. As tension increases in the competition and within the Palace walls, there are so many unexpected turns throughout the plot. I wrote previously in a post that I couldn’t even guess where the plot would go in the third book and I was so right because I could not have predicted that. There came a point when I was refusing to put the book down until I had finished it, so much was happening and I needed to know the outcome.

The One tests family relationships across the main characters as America is faced with tragedy within her own family and Maxon is faced with power struggles. Both characters try to bond and strengthen their relationships but find difficulty in balancing the world around them. This in turn leaves America questioning whether the life of a Princess is for her as privacy is not an option and independence is questionable.

Along with relationship issues, the characters begin on a road to discovery in themselves. The girls within the competition have built walls throughout the first two books acknowledging the others as fellow competitors. However in the third book the girls begin to understand each other and see each girl in the same predicament as themselves. New friendships begin to form and there is a much more enjoyable side to this book as communication between characters is amicable and lacks the slight aggravation of the first two books. This is noticeable throughout most of the characters in the book.

The characters begin to develop through this book also as the reader learns a lot more about them, their duties, personalities and motivations. As it is the last book many ends are tied and issues resolved too so there is an overall finality to it, but don’t let this fool you because the suspense is intriguing and the plot twists are unexpected and shocking in places.

The setting of The One is mainly within the Palace Walls however there is a time when a character ventures out to their caste and there is this juxtaposition of past and present, prestige and poverty but at the same time the character holds onto monetary values and humbleness. There is also a focus on rebellion and castes throughout this book that introduces a whole new focus and interesting aspect to the plot.

As much as I would recommend this book to anyone, you must start out with The Selection, the first book in the series. It will set the scene; introduce you to characters, the recurring plot of the love triangle and the structure of the society. As I said before I didn’t expect this book to be for me but I really enjoyed it and would encourage others to read it. Over on goodreads I gave this final book a 4 out of 5 stars, it was just brilliant, unique and addictive.

I recently found out there is a compilation of Novellas regarding The Selection called The Prince, the Guard and The Queen and I’m considering buying these which only strengthens my previous statement of how much I enjoyed this series. If you have read it, let me know what your think, and especially if you have read the novellas. Pick it up and give it a go!

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