Book Review: “The One” by Kiera Cass

“The One”
Kiera Cass

From Goodreads:

“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.”

America’s story is dwindling down. Will she ultimately become the princess or will someone else win the crown? This may take a backseat to the political and rebellious nature of the land that they are in. Anything could happen as the series winds down and “The One” is finally selected!

I received the first book in the series as a part of a secret santa gift from Lucy @! After I finished “The Selection” I went to the library and immediately checked out the next book. I had to know what happened to America and if she would ultimately become the one that would capture Prince Maxon’s heart! I knew that I wanted to read the first three books of the series as soon as possible, so I knew what happened with America. These books were fluff, but they were SO GOOD!

This book hit me ultimately in the feels. We are down to four girls by the time this book starts (it is a competition and girls were obviously going to leave, so bite me if you think this is a spoiler. I am not telling you which girls are left okay? Jeeze, that would be a spoiler!). In this book, we are given much more political intrigue than the other two. The politics were introduced somewhat in the second book, but they really become a primary focus as America starts to realize her place within the world that she now finds herself within. This creates a strained relationship with several people within the political system, but one in particular. This dynamic creates a lot of needed tension for American, which I think Cass did a wonderful job of incorporating it more heavily at this point. There were hints of this disdain in the previous two books, but it is so fully realized here and the tension feels more palatable as a result of the build-up. I can tell Cass really thought out this series and what moments should take place when within these first three books! She built relationships masterfully. She wove together a tale that is classic, even if it is total readable fluff.

Of course, there is still a certain amount of romance that takes place within this book. If you don’t like romance then why the heck would you pick up any of these three books? I hate romance, but I did find these books to be enjoyable, just saying. The other elements (politics and rebellion) help to even out the overwhelming romantic parts and can drive a person forward to continue this book. These are what kept me going when I reached a plateau with some of the romantic undertones. Luckily the love triangle becomes a little more muted within this volume. It is still there at moments, but it is no where near what it was within the pages of “The Elite.” Cass, as a writer, seems to have moved on from that element and it improves the overall story greatly. It, however, felt needed in the last book, but I am glad that as a writer she seemed to understand that a story can stand on its own away from that cliched plot device. Reading all three, I can say she kept every romantic element at the right levels within each book. I appreciated her writing style, writing choices, and all that throughout this series.

There are shockers within this book as well. There are emotional moments that will have you flabbergasted. Shook even! There is a moment near the end where I literally got sick to my stomach and put the book down because I couldn’t believe what had just happened. I had been on a journey with these characters and a certain moment just tore me apart to my very core! This is a testament to this book that it drew me in this deeply. That I felt so connected to these characters that I felt their pains, their triumphs, their gains, and even their losses. I was fully engaged with the story that I forgot at times I was reading a book. When a book can do this, I have to say good job!

I won’t reveal what ultimately happens within the pages of Kiera Cass’s “The One” because what fun would that be, but I can tell you you won’t expect how the story of America Singer ends. There are so many twists and turns. So many unpredictable moments that when the moment of revelations start to his, you won’t know what is happening! Bravo, Kiera Cass for creating a series that is a royal good time!

There are five books in the total series. There are two more. I plan on getting around to reading at some point as well. I am putting some time between the first three though, so that I am not attaching my feelings of them to these two. This is done because I have heard when people go straight to the last two, having just read the first three, that there is some disappointment because it is not exactly the same people and story. To help alleviate that issue for me, I am reading them at a later date. If you want to read the entire series, I would suggest doing it this way.


4 Replies to “Book Review: “The One” by Kiera Cass”

    • cgwinters1981 Post author

      When you get around to it, I can’t wait to hear what you think about the series!!! Thank you so much for reading them all! *hugs*

    • cgwinters1981 Post author

      I have heard similar, which is why I really had to put that time between the books. I love America, as a character, so much. I have to remove the feelings of these books from the feelings of an older version of her. The One was absolutely phenomenal, but roller coaster of emotions. Thank you for visiting!


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