Review: The One by Kiera Cass

Synopsis for The One

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.


Goodness gracious, was I ever on an emotional roller coaster with this series. I was so excited about the way The Elite ended that I figured The One would have me on the track I wanted to be on – and I was, for a little while. Honestly, though, it still felt like it was more of the same back and forth between America and Maxon that had me ready to scream in The Elite.

It seemed like America finally had her emotions figured out and she was going to fight for the man she wanted. I laughed so hard when she wore the red, sexy dress. I instantly thought yes! Get your man, girl! I was thrilled to see America actually try at something. It was a breath of fresh air to see that she could think before acting.

The frustrating part was that no sooner did America get her act together than Maxon began to act like a butthead. Once again, there’s the lack of communication that causes events to happen that are unnecessary. It was never-ending.

There was more to the story than Maxon finding a princess, though. There were constant threats to Maxon, the elites, and the country. In fact, rebels were breaching the palace far too often. With the attacks that were occurring, the action got maybe a little too hot; I had to go back and reread one sentence a few times to make sure I read what happened correctly. I was astounded that it occurred! My lips are sealed about the specifics of it though because I don’t want to spoil it, but it shocked the heck out of me.

Between Maxon and America, Maxon and the other elites, the rebels, America and Aspen, there was plenty of drama – again, maybe too much. I love drama, especially when I’m not involved in it, but after a while it felt unnecessary and like it was more of a filler to make the story longer than it needed to be. It was juicy drama and still made for an entertaining read.

If you’re looking for super quick books to read to push you over your yearly reading challenge, a lot of unnecessary drama, and a love triangle, then you should definitely consider The Selection series.

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