Title: The One
Author: Kiera Cass
Genre: YA Dystopian/Romance
Opening line: "…This time we were in the Great Room enduring another etiquette lesson when bricks came flying through the window…"
Blurb: 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. 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.
My Thoughts: It has taken two books but America has finally decided that Maxon is the one for her – but has she made up her mind too late? Will he decide that she is the one for him and make her his wife? Even though the love triangle has been there from page one of book one, the discovery of which was like a sword poised over America’s neck, I always thought that the final ending would have Maxon and America together. Okay – I HOPED that the final ending would have Maxon and America together. Now the truth was to be finally revealed.
I have really enjoyed this series even though I often wanted to slap America for her stupidity at times. However, she was no paper character; America was kind and had values and morals. She was willing to stand her ground and fight for what was right and fair in spite of the consequences – sometimes even knowing the possible consequences. Then there was Maxon, the man who holds her future in his hands, but despite saying he wants her to be his one he still pursues the other girls. He says he has to until America says she wants him – but America can’t say that when she sees him with the other girls. This stubborn attitude from the two made me want to bang their heads together, and was the cause of many of the arguments and angst between the two; and was certainly the reason why they may, or may not, get together. A lot of twists and turns in the relationship as well as they both seem determined to self-destruct. Yet Maxon still seeks her out for secretive missions that could see the both of them in deep doo-doo if they get caught.
The rebels that have been getting more page appearances as the series has progressed finally get to play a crucial part – and the reader finds out that not all rebels are the same, so many twists and turns, as to who was rebelling and why. The king is almost rabid in his hatred for America and becomes generally even more cruel and unreachable, a contrast to the queen who is a really nice person. There is a lot of character growth in THE ONE, now that there are only four girls left they have become very close and supportive of each other – Celeste especially has completely changed since book 1. The reader gets to know these final girls very well – and their hopes and fears. There are a couple of surprises.
THE ONE has a lot happening, there is danger, uprisings, surprises, family rifts, adventure, plot twists, romance and tragic deaths – yes you will need a hanky after the dust settles in the explosive climax. All the story threads were gathered together and no loose ends were left. The series has been an emotional journey and one I am truly glad I was on.
STOP PRESS: There is going to be another two books in the series – both set 20 years after the events in THE ONE. The first one is due for release in May 2015 and is titled THE HEIR.
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A – Excellent Stuff – a real page turner and hard to put down. I carved out extra reading time just so I could finish it. This book got carted into the bathroom with me, read over meals, read at work, and/or kept me up late at night. If this author has more work, I will certainly read it.