Monday, 4 May 2015

The One by Kiera Cass

***The following synopsis and summary contain spoilers for The Selection and The Elite.***

In the third instalment of The Selection Series, America Singer still finds herself at the castle competing for the crown and Prince Maxon. America is a contender in the Selection, but does she really want a future at the castle? And will she ever have her happily ever after?

Rate: 3.5 stars

This book was just like The Elite, just more of America procrastinating and making bad decisions. The One was also unrealistic, and events happened that didn't even advance the plot. And the Selection finally came to a close. But for some strange reason, I whipped through the book, and still enjoyed it.


America was a very frustrating character at times, and at one point I had to close the book and try and deal with how she was acting and the decisions she made. She was not a very smart character, and was often very emotional. And at one point, she was acting even worse than Celeste. Plus she couldn't make up her mind, and barely kept to her decisions for more than five minutes. 

That aside, let's talk about the rebels. We had the Northerners, who wanted to change Illéa for the good, and then we had the Southerners who were just bad. Throughout the book we found out that random characters like Kriss, Gavril and America's dad were Northerner rebels, which did absolutely nothing to advance the plot. 

Then we had the death of America's dad, which was unfortunate, but I still wasn't terribly sad. I liked the relationship between America and her dad, and I think the death just emphasized their relationship. However, I don't think his death was necessary, because it was already evident that they had a good relationship.

Now, I found the change of Celeste's character completely unrealistic. One day she was the nastiest girl in the Selection, and the next day she was everybody's BFF. In reality, she would not have changed that quickly, it would have been over a longer period of time. And I think the girls still would have held a grudge after all the horrible things Celeste did.

I also found the ending incredibly unrealistic. Maxon completely flipped out when he found out about America and Aspen, even though America and Maxon were all for getting engaged the night before. I found that completely out of character. Then when Maxon got shot, he suddenly realized that he couldn't live without America. Also, how convenient was it that the King,  the Queen, and Anne died, plus the Southerners were over powered by the Northerners. That is not how the real world works, all of your problems do not suddenly disappear.

Anyways, the conclusion was decent. We went from the day of the rebel attack to the wedding day, so we skipped over the aftermath of the battle and the grief, which made for a happy ending. But did anyone else find it weird that Aspen walked America down the aisle?

Overall, the book was oddly enjoyable, despite all the faults. What were your thoughts on this book? Did you enjoy it? Leave your thoughts in the comments down below. Hope you enjoyed the review!

1 comment:

  1. Glad to know that you liked it even though you found it to be illogical, but hey who needs logic :P