The Selection changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. And 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 realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.
From the very first page of The Selection, this #1 New York Times bestselling series has captured readers’ hearts and swept them away on a captivating journey… Now, in The One, Kiera Cass delivers a satisfying and unforgettable conclusion that will keep readers sighing over this electrifying fairy-tale long after the final page is turned.
To be honest, I was drawn to read this series because of the gorgeous book covers.
The first two installments were fairly entertaining. Prince Maxon needed to get married. A bunch of girls were selected to stay inside the palace walls. Problems erupted. Secrets got exposed. Some girls became frightened and chose to go home. When The One began, only four girls remained. Who would become the bride?
It was nice to get to know the girls a bit better in this installment. Although the focus of the series had always been on America, I liked that the other girls were here to offer more colors and flavors to the seemingly straight-forward plot. Because the girls came from different castes, their action and behavior gave us hints about many of the things going on outside of the palace walls. Nothing was as glamorous as it seemed and with chaos threatening to take over, the girls became easy targets and fell prey to the injustice of ruthlessness.
America was not an easy character for me to connect with in prior installments. She was unpleasantly naive and at times, she baffled me with her imprudence and outrageous action. She could be adorable but most of the time, she came across as an embarrassingly foolish girl who didn’t really know what she truly desired. In this installment, I finally understood her a little better. She wasn’t brainless. She wanted to be loved but because she was so afraid of disappointment and heartache that she chose to act in a way that she thought she was helping herself to cope. In a way, you could say she was inexperienced about life. And while I still couldn’t agree with many of the things that she did, I was able to see her as who she was in this installment and not be annoyed by her action.
Prince Maxon was nice and pleasing to the eyes but in prior installments, he seemed way too weak to stand up for himself. In this installment, he seemed to have grown up and I liked that we got to see his thoughtful side a lot more. The way he handled relationships was far from perfect but unlike America, he was prudent and he often did his best to play fair.
The thing that I most appreciated about this installment was the deeper level of interaction among characters. Friendship seemed more real and genuine and I liked that there were more explicit character developments here. The story was still very much plot-driven in my opinion but I felt I had a much more enjoyable time engaging with the characters in this book. I also liked that things were wrapped up in a not-so-predictable way in the end. It was both delightful and shocking and I was glad that the series ended on a hopeful note.