Mon, June 23, 2014

The One by Kiera Cass Review

The One book cover

The One book cover

The One (The Selection #3)
By Kiera Cass
Publication date: June 5, 2014
HarperCollins Children’s Books, 323 pages
Source: Publisher

THE SELECTION changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. Now, only one will claim Prince Maxon’s heart…

It’s swoon meets the Hunger Games in the final instalment of THE SELECTION trilogy!

For the four girls who remain at the palace, the friendships they’ve formed, rivalries they’ve struggled with and dangers they’ve faced have bound them to each other for the rest of their lives.

Now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen.

America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown – or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the competition approaches its end and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realises just how much she stands to lose – and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.

The breathtaking finale to THE SELECTION trilogy will make you swoon!

— Goodreads.com description

When I read The Selection I said: “HOW FUN IS THAT?”

Then The Elite came out, and it was more like: “Is it possible to hate every single character in a book?”

So. Yes. Maybe the tides turned a little bit on this series for me with book two, but I just HAD to know how it all ended with The One.

I was surprised by how quickly I fell back into America & Maxon & Aspen’s world and caught myself back up with the story. It wasn’t as hard to follow along as I thought. And, overall, I’m glad to have finished the series so I won’t always be wondering.

But.

It all happened too fast. Problems were resolved and characters were killed in such a speedy and bing-bang-boom manner that I didn’t have time to process any of it or have an emotional reaction. It was a little too “this happened and then this and then everything is resolved before you can really freak out over it.”

Do you know what I mean?

Sigh.

So, overall, not a winning series for me and not necessarily one I’d recommend, though it certainly is creative and entertaining. What about the rest of you? Did you give it a go? Did you have some of the pacing and plot issues I did?

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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  1. Rosie said:

    I haven’t read The One yet, I was going to read it as soon as it came out in the UK but now it’s out I’m a bit apprehensive. I love The Selection but I found The Elite pointless. I want to know how it ends but I don’t want to be disappointed.

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    Anna Reply:

    You can see from the other commenter here that some people did love it! For me, though, it was a lot of buildup for sure a quick wrapup. It didn’t feel as meaty/satisfying as I personally would have liked.

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  2. becca said:

    I totally disagree. I absolutely loved the series. It was paced fast but not terribly so. Keira had a lot to fit in one book and considering that she did great. I found I wasnt frustrated with America like I thought I would be. I was happy with her decision. It was great. I have recommended it numerous times.

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    Anna Reply:

    I love that you had a totally different reaction — that’s the best part about reading, that everyone responds differently. I am not raving over it, but I do think Kiera is very talented and the the story was highly entertaining. I wouldn’t have read all three books if I didn’t think that!

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  3. Kristen said:

    I agree with Becca. While I was not totally happy with who the author killed I realize that she was trying to make it more real and in real life people die. Before my students got out of school I had 8 girls speed reading through 2 copies. Majority of them cried and all of them thought the dancing on the roof scene was the most romantic moment ever. They loved it. I thought she wrapped it up too quickly but loved the Aspen-maid ending.

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    Anna Reply:

    Awww, I love that they loved it. Sounds like I might be in the minority on this one!

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  4. Tara said:

    Um, I sort of totally forgot about this series. Oops.

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    Anna Reply:

    Oopsie!

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  5. Jenny said:

    I read all 3 books on Memorial Day weekend, and I agree that I wanted to know how it all ended even though I wasn’t thrilled with how book 2 went (SO much back and forth with who America loved – or thought she did!). I did enjoy the first book the best, the second so-so as there were some things I did like, and 3 did tie everything up pretty well, I think. And those covers?? Gorgeous!

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    Anna Reply:

    The covers — drool-worthy!!!

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  6. Christina @ Allodoxophobia said:

    I found the first 2 to be incredibly shallow, but like a train wreck, I want to see what happens and will eventually get to The One. It seems the majority of fans were pleased with the ending, but I have a feeling I’ll agree with you.

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    Anna Reply:

    I do have to give the series credit in that I didn’t stop halfway through and I did make it all the way through — I am such a book quitter that you know it had to be compelling enough for me to get that far. Still, just a bit disappointed overall.

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  7. Ginger @ GReads! said:

    I attempted to read the first book in this series… made it about 20ish pages in & realized it just wasn’t for me. Maybe it was the timing? But for whatever reason I haven’t had a huge interest to go back to it. Since we tend to be alike in our book opinions, good to know I didn’t miss out of something really great.

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    Anna Reply:

    I agree that this one isn’t Ginger-licious!

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  8. Kelsie said:

    I’ve only read the first book in the series so far. I’m a contemporary girl at heart which is why I think I enjoyed the first book so much. It wasn’t terribly “out there” for me like some dystopians. I plan to continue the series at some point!

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    Anna Reply:

    That is a really good point — it is very accessible in terms of dystopians!

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  9. Judith said:

    I’ve read the first two books but I have absolutely no desire to read this one. While The Selection was enjoyable enough, I didn’t think it was very good. I actually hated The Elite, and all the characters got on my nerves. I was still undecided about reading this one when some trusted friends read it and said it was terrible – I am thankful for that. I don’t think this series is for me either, and your review just confirms that. I’m glad other people enjoy it, but I just really don’t think it’s very good.

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    Anna Reply:

    Though the characters drove me nuts in The Elite, I didn’t mind it as much as I normally do. I think because they all made so many bad decisions, it actually drove me more to keep reading to see whether things resolved for them or backfired as a result.

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  10. Shelby Brown said:

    I read all three, and I agree the last one was very fast paced. It left a little something to be desired in my opinion, but I liked it more than the second. Overall, I would say it is worth reading, and I have always loved the concept.

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    Anna Reply:

    Agreed on the great concept. Glad this series was an overall winner for you!

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  11. Jennifer from YA Book Nerd said:

    I loved the series – but there were times when I was annoyed with America and her trust issues and the misunderstandings between the two of them, but also I thought those problems made for an ending where you weren’t sure what would happen in book 3.

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    Anna Reply:

    That is a good point — I had no clue whether she’d end up with Aspen or Maxon or neither or what! There is definitely something to be said about a series that does keep you guessing till the end…

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  12. Mundie Moms said:

    I’ve still not read this series, though I own the wholes series. lol I know, that sounds lame. Now that the final book is out, I’ve heard mixed things on the series, where when it was just The Selection all I heard was great things about it. I’m looking forward to reading the series and finding out what it is that everyone loves/doesn’t love about the series.

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  13. Melissa @ Bookmark Dragon said:

    YES!! I totally agree with you. This book, while fun and easy to loose yourself in, was not nearly as fleshed out as I wanted it to be. All the side plots needed more attention: the northern rebels, the southern rebels, the king (more complex character please!), the political ties, Italy’s involvement, etc. I especially noticed the pacing issues at the end when Certain Events happened and then the book ended before I had time to process it all. Still, a fun ending to the series, weaknesses notwithstanding.

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