Title: The Selection: The One
Author: Kiera Cass
Genre: Dystopian, Fantasy
Target Audience: YA
Break my heart. Break it a thousand times if you like. It was only ever yours anyway.
I’d read the other two books in the series and really needed to find out how America, Maxon, and Aspen dealt with what was coming. I mean it’s like the last book where America is the main character I thought there must be something coming.
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. – Goodreads.com blurb.
The time has come for Maxon to chose his bride but things are never as simple as that are they? I mean what sort of things can happen from chosen the obvious person right off the bat. Well, there are the rebels, King Clarkson, Kriss, a particular death which has America going back home, a bullet wound or several, and America giving her jewels away to pay off the debt of someone who has been given a life sentence in jail for the theft of children’s clothes.
As much as I enjoyed the book (which I did don’t get me wrong) there was a lot to pack into this. It in a way felt a little rushed. Once one thing happened then another thing happened straight away which didn’t leave you much time to think and or grieve about the previous events. Like we go from meeting the Great-Grandson of the person who renamed and practically re-branded the country and set up the castes, to befriending Celeste as shes figured out America is more popular, to visiting the home of a rebel and being shot, to then getting back to the castle and seeing Marlene again. It’s really is one thing after another.
That being said it does flow well into each different part just doesn’t give you enough time to really think and guess what they’re thinking and feeling. I personally wouldn’t have minded it being a little longer just so I could contemplate and try and connect with the storyline more.
I still love the characters and I love that America hasn’t changed who she is due to the competition. She has stuck to her guns and poured her true self into loving Maxon and not just a showperson looking for the Crown and the Crown alone. She see’s Maxon as a person and not the Prince. It must be refreshing for anyone in that position.
The ending was predictable but I expected this due to it being about finding a bride for the prince but this particular chapter was lovely with Aspen, Marlee, and America’s family all being present and by her side ready for her to become Queen. It was nice to see that the majority of the remaining characters got their happy ever after.